Tablet productivity increase

Note taking

For taking notes I have trialled SuperNote and EverNote. I decided to stick with Evernote for a number of reasons:

  • Very easy to use
  • After taking notes they are automatically saved in my EverNote account, thus available instantly on the laptop

At the beginning I had some problems with typing, but after practicing it became a lot better. Now, it is not the same as on the laptop, but it is not a big difference either.

 

Use of Electronic Handout

I have stopped taking the paper handout whenever the electronic copy was available on the VLE. An electronic version of the handout has several advantages:

  • It is coloured; for some charts, this is important.
  • I can zoom in; this again can prove to be very useful, especially in Debates and Controversies
  • I can carry all of them with me whenever I need to.

 

Using the tablet for assignments

I used the tablet a lot for Debates and Controversies 400 word assignments. I read the relevant articles from the tablet. I did not actually write it on the tablet, but the article was always opened for further clarifications whilst writing it.

I also used it for other assignments, mainly for research. I haven’t tried yet to write an assignment on the tablet, but I will for the next one and see how it goes.

           

Using the tablet for studying

This is an area in which the tablet has proved to be very useful for me. For example last weekend I went on a trip to London. I used the time spent on the train to study the handouts, notes and articles. Of course, I could have taken the paper version of all those with me, but with the tablet it was a lot easier and more practical.

I also used the tablet to study for Strategic Management Test. To be more specific, I created a mind map with Mindjet, and took a look on it whenever I had a few free minutes. The result was better than expected.

Other uses

I use the tablet every single day for reading the news and articles of interest with Google Reader and checking my e-mails. I also transferred my Timetable on Google Calendar using the ICAL version of it. I use it quite a lot for games (Angry Birds, Where`s my water, Chess) and Facebook.

Some downsides for Motorola Xoom:

  • Quite slow. Even when viewing a small PDF
  • Quite often ( a few times a day)  the app simply closes out of the sudden
  • Sometimes it has the decency to explain: “The application stopped responding”. It does not happen with certain apps. It can happen to any app.

First Impressions on the Motorola Xoom

Before this project started I`d already had contact with android. I had an Htc Hero 2 years ago, so it wasn`t a new experience for me from this point of view. I roughly understood how it works.

First Impressions:  As soon as I put my hands on it I started downloading apps. First came the ones that I`ve already known about. I`ll mention Advanced Task Killer because no one said anything about it before. It`s a useful app because it can stop the applications that are running underground, thus improving speed, memory, battery life.  Other apps that I installed: Google Reeder, Wifi File Transfer Pro, Mx Video Player, Amazon Kindle, Wunderlist, Games

I also have available a laptop and an Iphone, but ever since I`ve had the tablet I tried  to do everything on it so i can figure out to what extent can the tablet substitute them. Google Reeder it`s better to use on the tablet than on the iphone simply because it`s bigger. The Widgets are also very useful and  they are not available on OS. I was very curious how would be to read o book on the tablet and I have to say I was impressed. My eyes didn`t get tired as i expected and  the fact that I can have the definition of a word just by holding  2 seconds on it is very useful for me. I do not have to keep Google Translate near all the time any more.

When it comes to lectures, it is helpful in the way that  i have all the materials needed with me without any piece of paper. Whenever I need a study case, a handout I can just download it. Taking notes is indeed a bit more difficult on the tablet than with the traditional “pen and paper”, but Stefano proved that with practice one can get used to it. Moreover, for me is not very inconvenient because I do not take many notes.

Some of the downsides are: it`ssometimes slow when navigating online or viewing a power point file; I see the message “this applications is not responding” quite often; video call on Skype doesn`t work either and I can`t figure out why.

Android 4 should be available soon and I am anxious to see what changes will it bring.

Ioan David

 

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