Comparing Apples and Androids

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Comparing Apples and Androids

  1. 1. Comparing Apples and Androids http://mlearning.muohio.edu/mlc Twitter: @miami_mlearning
  2. 2. Comparing Apples and Androids 2
  3. 3. Comparing Apples and Androids 3
  4. 4. Comparing Apples and Androids 4
  5. 5. Purpose• Mobile Learning Experience – We love Apple! – #1 tablet is iPad - Consumer Reports• There is another option… – Android• This talk compares different aspects/features to consider 5
  6. 6. What is Android?• Variation of Linux for devices – Originally a company called Android was acquired by Google – OS platform now used on large share of smartphones 6
  7. 7. Why Even Consider• Market ShareAndroid? – Phones (Comscore) • 43.7% Android • 27.7% iOS – Tablets (Strategy Analytics) • 66% iPad • 26.9% AndroidSource: http://cnet.co/IiUNcf 7
  8. 8. Market Share… NPD Group, Dec 2011 8
  9. 9. If (y)our students are walking on campus with Android devices, shouldn’t we at least consider whether to include support? 9
  10. 10. Tablet OptionsApple Android• iPad 1, iPad 2, New • Kindle Fire iPad • Samsung Galaxy Tab • Toshiba Thrive • Asus – Eee Pad – Transformer • Motorola Xoom • Many more! 10
  11. 11. CostApple Android• iPad - $499+ • Kindle Fire - $199 • Samsung Galaxy Tab - $499+ • Many priced in- between 11
  12. 12. Device SupportApple Android• Apple iOS supported • Support for Operating on most devices Systems determined – Devices eventually by manufacturers “retired” http://bit.ly/rqF4Xe 12
  13. 13. OS VersionsApple Android• iOS 5.x • 2.2 - Froyo - Kindle Fire – Since iPhone 3GS • 2.3 - Gingerbread• iOS 3.1.3 • 3.x - Honeycomb – Toshiba Thrive, – Older devices Samsung Galaxy Tab • 4.x - Ice Cream Sandwich – Newer tablets in process 13
  14. 14. Kindle Fire• Features • Home screen – Price: $199 configuration is• Lacks: different than other – Camera tablets – 3G/4G • Great size – GPS – Thumb typing! • Access to Google Play (more on this later) 14
  15. 15. App StoresApple Android• iTunes • Google Play – Well-known standards – Relies on community for apps to report bugs/malware • Amazon App Store – Some quality control 15
  16. 16. AppsApple Android• Only option for • Side loading of apps bypassing the iTunes – Allows users to store is to use the iOS develop own software Enterprise license and developers to provide a simple path for distribution that doesn’t require a separate store 16
  17. 17. Maintenance IssuesApple Android• Relatively • App quality maintenance free • Malware and Viruses • App/Process killers 17
  18. 18. Factors to consider• E-readers vs. Tablets • More than a e-reader • Screen size • Screen type (e-ink, lcd) • Wireless vs. Always on data • Flexibility http://cnet.co/HJtdHm 18
  19. 19. AdvantagesApple Android• Polish of experience • Integration with• Retina display Google technology • Google Maps +• Ease of use Google Navigation • Flexibility of OS – There’s an app for that http://usat.ly/HEd3h2 19
  20. 20. DisadvantagesApple Android• Apple corporate • Fragmentation image • Manufacturer skins• Lack of customization • Difficulty of finding• Not on all networks apps (yet) • Malware and viruses• Real 4G support 20
  21. 21. Benchmarking• E-readers (kindle) • Whiteboarding• Note taking (evernote) (syncspace)• Social Networking • Communication (skype, (facebook, twitter, google google talk, edmodo) facetime)• File sharing (dropbox) • Office Suite (documents• PDF annotations to go, iwork) (iannotate, repligo, ez pdf • Remote Desktop reader) (splashtop)• Handwriting (notetaker hd, quill) 21
  22. 22. Summary• Ultimately comes down to a matter of individual preference AND cost – Our target audience may prefer the Android device• More educational apps seem to be targeted towards iOS – iear.org – Top 25 Android Apps for Education• However… 22
  23. 23. Summary• …many questions have to be answered: – Have we demonstrated (with research?) that learning occurs when using m-learning? – Are we just “dipping broccoli in chocolate”? 23
  24. 24. Hands on• On the devices • Try them out – Dropbox • Compare them with – Syncspace your iOS devices – Evernote • Type with the – Pulse keyboard – Many more… 24

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