So I was reading a blog that did a nice job laying out public opinion on the Apple vs. Android discussion. Should schools get iPads or Android Tablets? Which is the best solution?
One of the big concerns with Apple is the way they are marketing the iPad. Users seems to be looking for a netbook replacement. They want to be able to hook in their peripherals. They want USB, HDMI, & SD Card ports, not to mention the limits of Google Apps on iPads. Android allows users to use Flash and other popular tools. Though with the transition to HTML5, maybe Flash will not be such a big deal in the future.
I do wonder if jumping on the tablet band wagon is necessary….could education wait until the price goes down? Are there cheaper options such as the Nook Color adding Android accessibility options? Companies are rushing to come out with the next solution. Is the first solution the best? Should schools even be buying these things when students can bring them in to school to use on a wireless network? Not all students have these tools…so buy a few instead of for all students. Cellphones are quickly replacing laptops for simple and general computing. Things change every day…I look forward to the next advance with interest.
Another user notes the ease in which Google makes app creation. In the Google App Inventor, users can easily create apps. This is ideal for students. However, Apple caters to education and has a variety of educational apps. Android needs to catch up to be a threat in that field.
To create an iPad, iTouch app there are a few more steps.
“First start by joining Apple’s iPad Dev Program ($99). With your membership you will get iPhone SDK with Xcode, interface builder, ipad simulator, sample codes, video guides, forum, and performance analyzer. Download and install the latest version of the iPhone SDK. Note, you will also need a MAC or Mac Mini with the freshest Snow Leopard installed in order to run it. If you cannot afford a MAc. you may try to develop on a Hackintosh PC. Here is a tutorial on building a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, no hacking required that might help you in your project. There are some great places with tutorials and guides or forums to ask for help from other developers: Apple Dev Forum
What will you choose? Will your choose? Take a look at your needs and reasons and then decide.