Android tablets like the Nexus 10 boast better hardware specs than the iPad 4, but think twice: Apps and ecosystems are more important than hardware specs!
This is my own analysis on whether you should bet your money and time on the iPad or Android platform. It's a longterm decision, because the money you invest in apps and, more importantly, the time you invest in building your workflow(!), will be lost if you switch platform down the road.
And of course, if you are in the difficult spot to decide for your entire college or school which tablet will be used by students and faculty, the stakes are extra high.
This article presents a unique perspective: Hardware specs do not really matter much (at least if you are going for top shelf tablets), but the ecosystem is much more important. Two things are to be kept in mind: How would your tablet fit into your existing computing workflow, and what ecosystem has the best chances to long-term attract developers to produce high quality apps.
For me, the iPad is the answer to both of these questions.
You have seen QR codes in ads, but do they make sense for academics? This post discusses why, when and how you can use QR codes in research and teaching.
QR codes are a great way to supply an offline audience with additional online information (e.g., your web page, a research article, or teaching supplements). I used the christmas break to design my own Designer QR code shown in this image, just to prove to the world that QR codes can be an important part of your self-branding.
This post discusses my personal best 30 iPad apps for college students, grad students, professors and everybody else in university and academia.
This is my personal list of the 30 best iPad apps for college / grad students and professors. It is not one of these countless posts that list a bunch of generic apps like Safari, Facebook and iBooks. Those are not really specific to people in university, and I also bet you knew those already. I am also not going to throw a list at you filled with niche iPad apps targeted at one particular subject or at earlier years of education. So what will you find here?
This is a list of my favorite iPad apps that are useful for everybody in academia – college students, grad students, postdocs, lecturers and professors – because they help us excel in our core workflows: Writing, Reading, Thinking, Presenting and Organizing our academic lives.
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What stylus is the best for academics and students? One that is optimized for handwriting and conceptualizing ideas.
Does it make sense to buy a stylus for university and college work? The short answer is: Only if you don’t expect miracles. A true paper-notebook-like experience is impossible until the next generation of styluses rolls around. However, there are a few styluses today that are optimized for handwriting and drawing conceptual maps, and these are worth a try if you are willing to experiment a little in your analog/digital workflow.
The iPad can be an incredible tool for the serious writer, but only if paired with an external keyboard. Which of the countless alternatives out there is the right keyboard case for you? Its simple: Go for a quality keyboard that fits your writing style. This guide discusses three things you should consider about your writing style, and it reviews ten of my personal favourite keyboard cases.
Turn your iPad into the perfect writing machine by using an external keyboard. This post tells you why and what are good keyboard cases.
I am finding more and more that the iPad is a really great tool for writing sessions. However, if you are planning to write for an extended period of time, you’re going to need an external keyboard. In this academiPad post, I am discussing why the iPad is great for writing everywhere, how my setup looks like, and what good keyboard alternatives are out there for you.