hudl2 first thoughts

Three and half years ago I blogged a review of the various tablet options then available and mused on some possible work related uses. All this time later, and while my work laptop is recovering from a cracked screen I went ahead and bought a hudl2 (after some twitter recommendations and some good online reviews).

Prices for broadly comparable tables (e.g. ipads) have dropped across the board, and whereas the Vega I recommended as ‘good value’ was 200, the hudl2 was 130 (actually 100 as I had a bunch of Tesco vouchers which count double towards one).

The screen is smaller (8.1″ rather than 10″) but again I think this reflects broader trends. The processor power of all the tablets I looked at in 2011 was around 1GHz, whereas my hudl2 is 1.8GHz which isn’t as big an increase as you might expect and there is more RAM (from 512Mg to 2GB).


One of the bigger differences is how I envisage the tablet being used. I noted in 2011 that in every class at least one student was using a tablet, now I would say that usage has increased but is still not ubiquitous, and many will use a laptop in class instead of a tablet. I’ve seen a tablet well used as notes during a presentation, and I’ve heard of a number of apps that students are using to help their studies (e.g. RefMe and Ginger proofreading).

I have still not given as much thought as I would like in how to properly incorporate this into my classroom. Whereas in my last post I focussed on a ‘google jockey‘ my current thoughts are about supporting collaborative annotation of seminar texts (a blog post about this will follow shortly!).

About digitalscholar

I am a sociologist with an interest in new technology. Previously I’ve worked on a number of projects at Lancaster University and the Open University looking at the use of new technologies and social media by researchers. I was also a social sciences teaching fellow at the foundation centre at Durham University teaching sociology and anthropology. I am now a senior lecturer at the University of West London's Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning where I oversee the foundation provision and support retention. I'm sure I'll still be interested in, and occasionally blog about, tech related things. I use this blog to post thoughts about using new technologies in my professional academic life and wider thoughts and links relating to technology more generally.
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