Tablets are becoming a standard accessory in many classrooms. They’re fun for kids and great tools for educators. But if you’re looking for the best experience and value, how do you decide which tablet to purchase?
Many schools are opting for Android devices because they are often more affordable and they work with a large ecosystem of free or inexpensive apps. But even within the Android environment, you need to choose carefully. The wrong tablet can cause frustration if performance is slow or if expected functionality is missing. The stakes are even higher when you’re investing in tablets for an entire school or district. You want to pick a device that will enhance learning—not detract from it.
We were curious to see if one Android tablet had an edge over another, so we picked up two 10-inch Android tablets that are currently popular in the education market: The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. We put both devices through a range of tests based on real-world scenarios from K-12 classrooms. For example, we looked at:
- Collaborating with files saved on Google Drive
- Running simulated science demos on the web
- Editing image files
- Creating presentations in various apps
- Participating in virtual whiteboard sessions with video conferencing
We also looked at the physical design of the devices to see which one was easiest to use and would be more likely to withstand the rigors of a grade school classroom.
Stay tuned for the findings
We found some surprising differences between the devices. Check back soon for the full results from our K-12 education tablet study.