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.