A family member asked for an iPod 5 for her birthday with a you-don’t-need-to-buy-anything-else clause invoked. So, just out of curiosity, I looked up the prices. Wow. What a sticker shock. You think I’d be used to that by now working around Apple products for so long, but $300 is not a cheap device.
I remembered when I bought my first Virgin Mobile phone, I decided to buy it from a local store and check out Android before switching to a pay-as-you-go provider. I realized I had a pretty good competitor to an iPad for much cheaper.
Today I checked out the LG Venice from Boost mobile and the Samsung Galaxy Victory from Virgin. Both have wifi, of course, as well as 5mp cameras and decent video recording. The obvious turn off is the unknown market place for Android apps, but I think that’s only because it’s unexplored in most education circles. I’m pretty confident though, that with a good MDM solution, like Meraki, you could easily save some money in your schools or even at home if you decided to give your kids Android devices instead of iPod Touches or iPads. The market is so huge, it’s hard to pass up not shopping around.
Link: LG Venice – http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/phones/lg-venice/
Link: Samsung Victory – http://www.virginmobileusa.com/shop/cell-phones/samsung-galaxy-victory-4G-LTE-phone/features/