Transformer Prime and the iPad

I love my iPad. I love my iPhone. I love watching my children on their iDevices. I love watching the Apple stock soar…

That said, the Asus Transformer Prime running Ice Cream Sandwich is exceptional:

  • Google integration
  • chrome browser
  • solid built-in apps
  • great general specs
  • the keyboard dock
  • battery life
  • storage 32GB  with SD card expansion slot
  • and cost (499 for the 32GB)

The above list makes it better in many ways than the iPad, so why are we not hearing about this device more in education?

Jon Becker asked this a month or so ago when tweets a comparison of the iPad 2 vs. the Transformer Prime (can’t find the article but the TP won hands down). I didn’t really have answer but have since spent some time coming up with this really unscientific look at the answer:

Number One: iOS Comfort

Prior exposure to iOS (via iPhone, iPod Touch, or personal iPad) has a lot to with it. If one has exposure to an iDevice, the entry point into an iPad is seamless for the most part. Many people have forgotten that there was a learning curve to the iOS.

The reality, however, is that even though there is a learning curve to those first exposed to the iOS, it has multiple entry points. It is easy and intuitive.

I can’t say that about the Android OS. There are fewer entry points and it reeks of techie.

Number Two: Apple Education and Apple Stability

The marketing of Apple within education simply can’t be beat right now. Add to that the stability within the company as well as the media inundation of all things, there is a feeling that going with an iPad is a no brainer, a move that will face little scrutiny.

Number Three: iTunes App Store

With Google Play, this might fade away but the Android app market just felt awkward. It felt detached from any name. Not to mention, the hype is always surrounding the iTunes App store: how many downloads, what is new, app shares, etc. You simply don’t “see” these app chats in education as much as with iTunes (see number one)

Number Four: A Jeep Thing

One can’t overlook the fact that Apple has the Jeep thing going. iPads can do no wrong. iPads are the savior in education. iPads offer hope. They are flashy and all over the news. They are social media worthy and all over edu discussions.

In the end, Apples or Ice Cream Sandwiches? I doubt this will ever be a real question because of the above.




  1. Ryan,

    I see it from a different view. I hate iTunes – it was always slow to run and slowed down my computers. Now that it’s cloud based, it’s a little better. I always liked the Android market as it was easy to search and you could easily install an app on any of your devices right from the browser.

    iOS devices aren’t any more intuitive than Android and I don’t think Android is “techie”. In fact, by having a menu button, home button, and back button, Android devices are even easier to use than that one button thing on iOS. Android devices are everywhere now too, so there are plenty of entry points. And, in reality, iOS and Android work very similar, so there isn’t much of a learning curve when switching. I actually think it’s easier on Android because of the multiple buttons.

    As for apps, there are plenty of great apps for Android and more coming all the time, and plenty of them are free.

    The biggest reason I think the Transformer Prime is a better option for education – form factor. It is a tablet, and a laptop. It can do pretty much everything. It truly does take the place of a laptop and tablet.

    I think the best part of all of this is that these discussions, and the competition between devices and OS’s keeps everyone thinking and improving things.

    • I don’t disagree with you on many of your points. However, comfort is the key and many of my teachers are comfortable with iOS. This makes for an easier entry point.

      I do, however, find Android more complicated. With that complication, comes more options and more potential. In the end, it is the product that is less complicated that many will gravitate. Add to it exceptional marketing and you’ll see clearly what will happen.

      If Google put a closer affiliation to a tablet as rumored, you might see a shift.

      I really like the TP and so do most students that have played with it. Sadly, most teachers dislike it deeply. There lies my problem.


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