Samsung Ativ Q

CNET just posted an interested review on a new tablet that can run Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8 at the same time side by side.  It looks like this would be awesome for Speech Therapy. Check it out below:

http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/samsung-ativ-q/4505-3126_7-35796877.html

 

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Nook HD & HD+ Now has Google Play and Hundreds of Apps for SLPs

Just in time for Mother’s Day: The Nook HD and HD+ have access to all the Google Play apps.  This means any speech language pathologist who has one of these devices just multiplied their choice of speech and language apps over tenfold.  The Nook also slashed their prices. Best Buy is running 3 day Mother’s Day sale so you can now get the 7 inch HD with 8 GB for $150 and 16 GB for $180. The 9 inch Nook HD+  with 16 GB is $180 and with 32 GB is $200.  All these devices have SD card slots for expandable memory.  Right now, these is probably the best deal for good Android tablet with expandable memory.  You are not going to find a better 9 inch tablet for $200.

With Google Play there are over 250 app that could be used for speech therapy.  Check out my SLP Android Apps page for details.   Sorry if this sounds like a commercial, but this is a really good deal. It would make an awesome Mother’s Day present for an SLP who doesn’t have a tablet yet.  The only reason I am going to buy one of these is because they don’t support sideloading.  This means the Amazon Appstore is not available and it won’t be very difficult for me to install apps given to me to review on this blog.  Google Play has 99% of the Apps on Amazon and a lot more.  Neither of these issues should be a problem for most people.

2 is Always Better Than 1

Two problems I have found using a tablet in therapy is that it frequently doesn’t lend itself well to group therapy and smudges/sanitation. Here is my solution to both these problems.

A half-sized binder fits most 7 inch tablets. Because Android tablets are much cheaper than iPads, you  can buy two decent ones for less than the price of 1 iPad.  For instance you can by 2 Lenovo A2107s right now for $150 each.  These tablets have offline GPS so they can be used for GPS navigation without a data/WIFI connection (not available in iPads).  Another option is to get the Kindle Fire for $160 each. Two of either of these sturdy tablets are cheaper than the $329 for the iPad mini.
Both of these tablets should fit in a half-size binder. The binder protects the tablets from smudges and is easy to wipe off. Now you can do articulation therapy using Pocket Artic with one student and language therapy with a few others using the Irregular Verbs Fun Deck at the same time. Like many other apps, you can email the students results when you are done.

With either the A2017 or the Kindle Fire you can access the Amazon Appstore, providing a free app every day, several of these in the last year have been great for therapy (not available in iPads). There are plenty of speech and language apps in the Amazon Appstore (see my list of over 101) and with the A2107 you can access even more in Google Play. If you are not interested in either of these tablets there are 100’s of other Android tablets available cheaper than iPads.

On top of all this, Bluestacks can be installed on Windows computers and run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. Check back here next week for more details.