We’ve been thinking about buying a couple of tablets to replace/supplement the aging laptops that we currently have as backups for use in class, and for work trips. I’d suggested tablets as a cheap alternative to laptops, and for the selfish reason that I was interested in exploring Derek Bruff’s idea of Google jockeys in relation to my upcoming SCORE fellowship. In each of my classes in the last course a student had a ipad/ laptop or kindle and i guess it’s about time to start engaging with these technologies, to see if they might be useful in class, as well as for short form replacement computers.
This relates to a blog I read this morning describing an iPad lending programme at the University of Cincinnati. This concluded that iPads (and other tablets) can be used for new and innovative things, but often aren’t. I know at Lancaster University they had a similar programme (but lent to students rather than staff) which was discontinued due to lack of interest.
So anyway suitably wary of some of the hyperbole surrounding the use of tablets, and with the view of looking for a low cost, dip the toe in the water, entry level tablet which at worst will be used as a replacement laptop, I solicited suggestions and got a few (thanks @beersoft and @liamgh !) and thought I’d put together a comparison table, using the Apple iPad 2 as a benchmark.
To re-iterate it’s likely that these tablets will be used by staff to access email and work documents when at conferences/ meetings, used as a replacement for faulty PCs for staff to give their lecture, and possibly in innovative and interesting ways to promote better learning.
I should also say that I spent about 30 mins putting this together so it may well contain errors, I’d welcome any comments or corrections! Including whether there are other criteria I should have looked at.
Also worth noting that there are various options and iterations of each tablet currently available, so I’ve included the links to the actual amazon/ pc world pages that I used as a starting point.
|Storage Options Scroll||Advent Vega||Samsung Galaxy||iPad 2|
|Amazon price [not necessarily the cheapest], vega not available at amazon, gone with pc world||139.96||199.99||285||460|
|Size of screen||8”||10.1”||7”||9.7”|
|RAM||256 MB||512 MB||512 MB||512 MB|
|Hard drive (* expandable)||8 GB*||4 GB*||16 GB*||16 GB|
|Processor||800 MHz||1 GHz||1 GHz||1 GHz|
|OS||Android 2.1||Android 2.2||Android 2.2||Apple iOS|
|Connectors||Mini-HDMI, usb||Mini-HDMI, usb||Usb ‘TV out’ but not HDMI||No usb, Video output available with adaptor|
|Full web (ie flash)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
So looking at the above, the Advent Vega seems like great value, and that’s what I’ll be suggesting.