The War of the Tablets By: Linda M. Coologeorgen Requirements: Minimum Tablets Required: 25 Budget: $18,000 Internet Access: Users should be able to access the schools WIFI Type of Tablet iPad2 Motorola XOOM ASUS Eee Slate Samsung Galaxy T (WiFi) (WiFi) EP121 10.1 (WiFi) Size and 7.31×9.50×0.34 9.81×6.6x 10.75×7.1×0.68 10.1×6.9×0.34 Weight inch 0.51 inch inch inch 1.33 pounds 1.6 pounds 2.11 pounds 0.8 pounds Screen 1024-by-768-pixel 1280-by-800-pixel 10.1” LED backlight 1024-by-600 pixe resolution at 132 pixels display, but the WXGA (1280-by-800 display, but 7-inc per inch with a nice fonts tend to be pixel display). LCD produces quality to the picture. choppy. oversaturated colo Processor A5 chip, runs at 1-GHz Dual –core with an NVIDIA Tegra 1.0GHz NVIDIA Tegra 1.0GType/Speed clock speed, and NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core CPU. dual-core CPU. contains two chip. processing cores. Memory 1GB RAM 1GB RAM 1GB RAM 1GB RAM Storage 16GB, 32GB 16GB / 32GB Internal 16GB/32G Space 32GB, or Expandable Unlimited ASUS Web 64GB storage via an SD Storage 5.0GB iCloud storage Card slot (will be (Complimentary one- free, but you can functioning in the year trial of ASUS purchase an additional near future). WebStorage) 10GB of iCloud storage for $20.00/year, 20GB of iCloud storage for $40.00/year, or 50GB of iCloud storage for $100.00/year. OS Apple iOS 5.1 Google Android Android 3.1 Android 3.1, (Every you do revolves around OS also known as Honeycomb (Android Honeycomb iTunes) Honeycomb OS 3.2 upgradable) (Very open, everything from the onscreen keyboard to the applications launcher can be configured, changed or replaced.)Conductivity Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n Dual band WIFI: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n Dual band Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 802.11 a/b/g/n single band at 2.4GHz 802.11a/b/g/n Wi
technology (3G for 3G Stereo Bluetooth V2.1+EDR. adapter; version) Bluetooth® Bluetooth 2.1+ ED 30-pin dock connector technology Connectivity. port 2.1+EDR+HID 3.5-mm stereo Micro USB 2.0; headphone mini-jack HDMI out Built-in speaker 3.5” headset jack. Microphone. I/O ports 30-pin dock connector Micro USB sync USB 2.0, No SID; No USB port, 3.5-mm stereo cable, Mini HDMI, headphone minijack, built-in HDMI Audio Jack built-in speakers, output, and a (Headphone/Mic-In), microphone proprietary power and and you can purchase adaptor Card Reader : Micro SD. an Apple Digital AV connection. Adapter. Safest OS Safe OS Android 3.1 Android 3.1 Android 3.1 (Closed System) Honeycomb Honeycomb Honeycomb Virus Prone Virus Prone Virus Prone (Open System) (Open System) (Open System)Applications Run apps that can be Run apps that can Multi-Task Support: Full HTML Web loaded from an online be loaded from an Yes Browser, market. online market. Books, Flash Support : Yes Browser, Email, Software : Gallery, Gmail™, ASUS Launcher, Google Maps™, MyLibrary, Android Market MyNet, Google MyCloud, Search™,Google File manager, Talk™, Kindle books, Voice Search, Zinio Magazine, Latitude, PressReader, Music Hub, Polaris Office, and Navigation, Place ASUS sync. Pulse, QuickOffice Samsung Apps, YouTube, Music Player - DOCUMENT FILE Word File: doc, do xml, txt, rtf, dot, do Excel File: xls, xls csv, xlt, xltx PowerPoint: ppt, pp pot, potx, pps, pps
PDF: pdf # of Dual Cameras Dual Cameras Dual Cameras Dual Cameras Cameras (Camera 5 Mp, (Front camera: (1.2 M Pixel Front (Front 2.0 Megapix Web Cam 2 Mp, Video recording, Camera and Rear 3.0 Megapix Digital Zoom Yes, and VGA up to 30 5 M Pixel Rear Camera) Auto Focus with Flash Dual-Led Flash frames per second Flash.) Focus Automatic.) with audio; VGA- quality still camera Photo, and video geotagging over Wi-Fi.)Price/Tablet 16GB-$529.00 $599.00 with $493.00 $499.00 32GB-$629.99 Verizon Wireless 64GB-$729.00 contract. Question 1: After comparing all four tablets, the Motorola XOOM has the qualities in a tablet that I’d be looking for when purchasing a personal device. There are many similarities between the four devices, but the reason I like Motorola’s XOOM best is because of its micro USB sync cable, built-in HDMI output, and a proprietary power adaptor connection. I like the fact that you can drag and drop files onto your tablet without converting them to a different format and without using special software. I also like the fact that has an Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS. This type of open OS would allow me to build my tablet the way I wanted it to look. If I purchased the iPad2 for my own, then my tablet would have the same look to it that all other iPad2 tablets have because Apple’s iOS 5.1 is basically a closed system. Question 2: After comparing all four tablets, I would choose Motorola XOOM 32GB ($599.00 X 12 = $7,188.00) and iPad2 32GB ($629.00 X 13 = $8177.00) for Barry Elementary School. If I purchased seven Motorola XOOM tablets and eight iPad2 tablets I would spend $15, 365.00 of my $18,000.00 budget. That would leave me with $2635.00 in order to purchase a Bretford PowerSync Cart. Some of the reasons I would pick these two tablets are: they’re WiFi capable and have basically the same type of conductivity, they’re competitively priced, and they both run apps that can be loaded from an online market. Even though they have different OS, they both fit into my schools existing systems because my computer lab has PC’s (Dell’s), and the laptop carts are filled with MacBooks. So, I’m already accustomed to working with Operating Systems that are different from one another.
In conclusion, it’s very hard to pick the best tablet for personal use and/orfor a school because they have many of the same features. As time goes on, it’s goingto be even harder to separate out the differences because they’re basically going tohave all the same features, but I do expect that Motorola XOOM, ASUS Eee Slate, andSamsung Galaxy will have to make their open Operating System less vulnerable toviruses.