So, yes, I have the Nexus 10. I have an iPad 2 that I have used in the past, but it is my personal device and I wanted to experiment with setting up a tablet that is geared just for work-related use. The Nexus is a Samsung tablet that uses Google's Android operating system. Other than using other people's phones, this is my first experience with Android.
I've had the Nexus about a week and this first post just goes over some of my initial impressions and uses.
I was able to get it set up (registered and whatnot) in a few minutes, I synched my WWU email and started adding bookmarks to the home screen. I also figured out how to delete the various Google ads and stuff I didn't care about. Android is directly tied to Google Play (Google's app store) and Google products, but I haven't downloaded many apps at this point and have spent more time adding bookmarks to websites that I use for research and instruction. I searched for a few apps related to library and education but didn't see much that interested me. In a later post I will list what apps and bookmarks I have and have not added.
The Nexus uses the Android operating system and is directly tied into Google Play (Google's app store) and Google products. I have a work-related Google account set up using my WWU email. It isn't a gmail account and is mainly just a Google docs account that I use for collaborative work. Not sure if I would a gmail to register the Nexus, I tried my WWU email and becuase it was associated with an established Google account, it worked.
Synching my Outlook email account was easy. There is a separate email app that allows you to synch with an Outlook Exchange account. And after using it, I prefer Outlook on the Nexus to Outlook on my iPad.
After a week of using the Nexus, I began leaving my iPad at home because I wanted to use the Nexus as I would the iPad. I take it to meetings, I take notes on it, and I use it for research consults. Out of those things, what I have used it for most is meetings--and I have mixed feelings about it. The on-screen keyboard is just different enough from the iPad keyboard that it takes me longer to type (I adjusted to the iPad keyboard fairly quickly), and the screen on the Nexus is narrower and the on-screen keyboard seems to take up more space than I am used to.
I have used it for reference consults. Or I should say consult. I met with a student to discuss her senior project. We met in the new LC space where we discussed topics, search methods, etc. We moved to the reference book section to look at some titles that would be useful, and we used the Nexus to look up books related titles while we werethere. As a follow up, I found another useful book and used the Nexus to take a picture of the cover of the book (and call number) and emailed it directly to the student.
Prior to getting the Nexus 10, I checked out the Nexus 7 for a week or so and rarely used it because 1) it was too small, and 2) it was tied to a generic account and I didn't feel like I could or should personalize it.
- Android has more flexibility than Apple's iOS
- Personalizing things (ie., setting it up with links and apps I thought would be the most useful.
- Using it for meetings has helped me figure out how to navigate around as it is a little different.
- I like the notifications system in Android
- And the big one: Just having the option to be mobile in different work situations.
- Wireless access. I signed into the WWU Wireless--Secured instead of the regular WWU Wireless becuase it seemed more stable, but this week I have been having more problems with weak signals. I don't know if this is the device, overwhelmed wireless, or both.
- Keyboard. It is just different enough from the iPad that ithas taken me a lot longer to get used to it.
- Screen. As I mentioned, it's narrower. The dimensions of the Nexus are a little different than the iPad and the navigational tools are part of the touch screen and that takes away from display space.
- Some online tools I use for task lists and taking notes (mainly Workflowy) work in Chrome, but they seem tickier than they are in Safari on the iPad.
- Saving documents. I saved a file sent to me via email and I have no clue where it went. My Google Docs folder? I really don't know.