Technology is putting its huge impact in every field of life, and so does it educational sector as well. Top smartphone giants Apple and Google also believe in technology-based education. Both the companies are doing so much to make the educational sector more diverse and dependant on technology. From toddlers to K-2 students, smart gadgets could benefit everyone. iPad and Chromebook are already present therein educational institutes. Both the devices have pros and cons of their own. Let’s go for a quick comparison of both to better understand each.
Cost is very important while we consider anything. When compared both iPad and Chromebook, Chromebook comes on top due to its cheap costs, whereas this is where Apple lacks fearsome. The iPad model intended for education is relatively priced at additional $200 rather than that of a normal device. The additional cost includes software and support package costs but overall it is being costly for educational institutes to buy the iPad.
On the other hand, Chromebook is continuously increasing its reach due to low cost. The average price of models offered to schools ranges from mere $149 to $249, with $30 additional management fee. So, we can easily say in terms of cost that, Chromebook is leading here.
Multiuser support is necessary for educational devices. A tablet per student might feel better listening, but it is not a feasible, practical and cost friendly option. Rather, multiuser support is deemed crucial to have in all such gadgets.
Seems like Chromebook already knew this in advance and with the power of Android, cloud and account-based management, it makes up a perfect multiuser gadget. All you need is to just sign your credentials up and access your personal data. It makes up the whole personalized experience to everyone who logs into the device.
Apple’s iPad is seriously lacking here. The single user ability of iPad is costing the company heavily and we have seen shifts towards Chromebook in the recent spans. Apple is committed to addressing this in iOS 9.3.
User restriction and control:
User control is very important, both iPad and Chromebook seem to have noted its importance. But again here Apple did come late, it is expected that iOS 9.3 will strictly control of profiles. Chromebook already offered full administrative rights to the schools. So, students can be easily restricted to the area of interest. Security measures of both the gadgets are up to the mark and can be given equal marks.
iPad offers profiles that are secure but not as much as that of Chromebooks. The security is up to mark until students don’t try to bypass any of the restrictions implemented.
Google is hitting Apple very hard due to its grip on a number of cloud-based options. Google drives, calendar, documents, and several other features make Chromebook a unique device to use in a classroom. Whereas the Apple for its LAUSD program contracted Pearson to develop software and install textbooks, the idea failed badly.
Google also provides a classroom management application that lets teachers manage classrooms effectively.
Wrapping up we can easily say that Apple needs to prioritize and do more in the educational sector to compete with giants. Gadget market could flourish massively in classrooms and this is where Apple should really focus to get its strong footsteps developed.
Tahir Awan is professionally an event planner at Tablet Hire USA – iPad Rental but is a tech enthusiast who loves to write about gadgets. Tablet Hire USA – iPad Rental offers bulk iPad and technology rental solutions for professional and educational events.