When purchasing a tablet for using at school, it’s a good idea to follow the recommendations of the school you are attending. If you are taking classes at multiple schools or learning online, there are several things you may want to consider.
I would recommend having at least two USB connections, especially if you are going to be using a separate keyboard. If the tablet does not have a USB connection, you should make sure the keyboard you purchase supports Bluetooth. Most keyboards follow the QWERTY/traditional keyboard format for faster typing, but the layout of keys on assistive devices may differ.
What tablet operating system would best meet my needs? Derrick’s recommendations:
- Android OS: These are the most common and will give you more choices in relation to price. They are the most compatible with both Windows and Apple hardware (for syncing with computers, laptops, etc.) and they offer a wide breadth of applications. Using software such as Evernote will allow you to sync your documents between devices.
- Apple OS (iPad): Many schools are using the iPads as they are very simple to use. You may run into trouble if you plan to do more than browse the Internet and watch videos, as Apple often restricts their service to Apple products.
- Windows OS: If Microsoft had more market share when it comes to portable devices I would recommend them as number one due to their market share in the PC environment.
- Others, systems can limit your flexibility.
Most tablets only allow you to connect to the internet via a WIFI connection. Watching a video may be okay with most connections; worst case the video will be choppy. If you’re using Skype or any other two way service you must know that you have good Internet connection speeds of 1.5MB or better.
Invest in a good headset (with a microphone if you’re using any two way service), if you’re in a public place you don’t want to disturb everyone and if it’s noisy you want to ensure you can hear.
Most new wireless printers support the ability to print straight from your device. You will have to be on the same network as the printer you’re printing to. Most printers require you to download their application which can be found at your operating systems app store.
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