2016년 11월 21일 월요일

Phone or Tablet


We are going to develop app in a group of 4-5 people on school's Mac, we need some recommendation on Android device. Should we purchase phone or tablet? Which brand and type? There are just too many choices on the market. 

Thank you for the recommendation in advance!

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To be able to develop and test apps that require the features of a phone (make phone calls, send text messages (sms), view the Web without WIFI (using a data plan, etc.) you will NEED a phone.  If you do not need those features, a tablet will be fine.  To test phone features, you must have a phone with a paid up phone plan; to test apps intended to work without WIFI, your phone will also need a data plan to use to test apps that access the Web.  Phones have GPS built in, some tablets do not.   If the device does not have a GPS receiver, your team will not be able to test apps that use Location information.  If you use phone's, you will incur monthly charges perhaps.

A tablet generally will have a larger screen.  A large development pallet is an is very nice for developers, especially if they are working in a group.


Some low end Android devices may not have the drivers necessary for using the USB option of developing with a device (drivers might not be available). If you will not use the USB cable and WIFI works for you this is not a killer issue.

Got your own 'inexpensive' Android phone or tablet already?  Why not just try it out...if it works, get one for the school.  You might also read this post 

Phone recommendation for classroom use 


✫ Android Tablet Hardware Requirements/Recommendations



My advice, get a name brand tablet.  What you get depends on your school policy w.r.t. phone calls/texting from campus, whether recurring charges are ok and the types of projects you will work on.  A tablet will work fine with WIFI and now days, even inexpensive Android phones have a GPS receiver.

Regardless of what route you go, it is advisable to borrow a tablet or phone similar to what you intend to buy and 'try out' developing with AI2.  When you find what works for you; get that device or one similar to it within your budget.


Have you tried AI2 from home yet to see if AI2 works for you?  Try before you buy will make the difference between satisfaction and disappointment.

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Thank you for the advise!

I followed this thread http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/blogs/hal/2016/01/two-app.html, and it seems Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet, 8G: $49.99 is a very good option. Do you have experience with AppInventor on this device?

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No experience.  The head of the MIT development team wrote the article.   See also https://docs.google.com/document/d/1osjY0wsZbZ0Bt_JT153f-ZH4cmA9mcc0MXKhMely4aU/edit#heading=h.sm3824vkq394   

For a few dollars more,  you might shield your students from the bargain basement price adds that accompany the cheapest version of this tablet.  Also note, there is no GPS receiver, which may not be an issue because the AI2 LocationSensor component will possibly work using WIFI ... I do not know.

Good luck.  This will work fine most probably.


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