Consumer Reports Ranks Samsung Galaxy Note Best Small Tablet

June 5th, 2013 No Comments Other


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1Move over, Apple. The Note is the new classroom staple.

For portability, ease of use, display, versatility, touch response, screen size, battery life, and weight, Samsung’s Galaxy Note outperforms all other small tablets on the market, according to Consumer Reports.

Last fall the Galaxy Note was deployed at selected schools in 27 countries in Europe, Middle East, South America, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Through this project, Samsung Electronics aims to give students a more advanced learning experience at school, and to offer better-rounded education through advanced technologies and an enhanced infrastructure.

Samsung’s Smart School solution is optimized for the GALAXY Note 10.1, Samsung’s latest Android-powered tablet device featuring the advanced S Pen technology. Samsung’s S Pen provides the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on the tablet’s 10.1-inch display, opening up new opportunities for digital learning. Students access the solution through WiFi with a single convenient log-in, while teachers can instruct the class using an interactive whiteboard display, TV or any projection device wirelessly controlled by a tablet or PC.

And although the iPad mini falls right in line behind the Note, there are still others to consider that may be more appropriate in a classroom setting: the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7, the ASUS Slate and Pad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Blackberry Playbook, the Sony Tablet, the LG Optimus Tablet, the LearnPad, and more.

In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note, which certainly may not be the cheapest option, ringing in at $400USD, here are some of the best tablets for educators and students, courtesy of the TabTimes:

Amplify Tablet: Designed specifically for K-12 education, the Amplify Tablet is a 10-inch Android tablet manufactured by Asus. It comes with an array of education-friendly features, including eye-tracking technology that sends an “eyes on teacher” message to students if their attention wanders. Teachers can use the tablet for planning lessons, sending out assignments, and managing students’ tablets during lessons.

Dell Latitude 10 (Windows 8): The Latitude 10 aimed at both the education and enterprise markets when it was released in January. One study showed that the 10.1-inch Latitude 10 was 17 times faster and 94% less expensive for deploying compared to the iPad, and 99% faster for software updates. The tests concluded that the tablet was 85% cheaper per device to maintain over a three-year period.

LearnPad Quarto: Launched by the British company Avantis Systems, the LearnPad is designed to be packaged up with other useful education features. For example, schools can order 20 or 30 Quartos for their classrooms with cases, pre-installed educational activities, and a charging trolley, while mains chargers, USB cables, USB device converters and ‘Getting Started’ guides are also thrown into the mix. Optional extras include silicone USB keyboard, headphones for children, styluses, as well as “premium” curriculum apps and eBooks.

Kuno Tablet: Now running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and offering a 1.2GHz processor and 16GB of memory, the 9.7-inch Kuno tablet taps the CurriculumLoft’ mobile learning solution for device, app and content management, and is Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant for keeping kids safe on the web. A number of schools have deployed the device — Martin Elementary in Illinois, for one, has rolled out 1,200 tablets while San Felipe Del Rio District in Texas has 1,600 Kunos.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Each Kindle Fire is linked to the user’s Amazon account and this in itself carries 5GB of free storage on Amazon’s Cloud Drive. Files can be synchronized to the Cloud Drive over WiFi. Students can rent electronic textbooks from Amazon and scope out Amazon’s Appstore for all kinds of apps, including those focused on education. Using the cloud-based service, IT administrators can roll-out apps, documents and books to various Kindle Fire devices, including tablets brought in to school on a bring-your-own (BYO) basis. Passwords can be enforced to protect content, while admins can also stop users from doing a factory reset, visiting Facebook or Twitter, or buying content from Amazon. Kindle users can also be organized into groups.


Saga Briggs is Managing Editor of InformED. You can follow her on Google+ or @sagamilena

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