Asus “ahh sooss”

Firstly ,  I just got to know the pronunciation of Asus is “Ah sooss ” .

I have dumped the useless keyboard and moved on with just the tablet .

The best factor contributing towards this tablet is the size of the screen. I have read comments of my fellow team members on not being able to use tablets for lectures and notes which I believe is due to the screen size of their tablets.  My tablet’s screen sufficiently has space for my fingers to type comfortably using the QWERTY .

I have no intention of switching from Polaris office yet. To my earlier feedback on the non availability of option to switch between apps. I have discovered Polaris allows me to take notes in a tab just below the slides.

In addition, I use Evernote  to take my seminar or revision notes. It enables me to take pictures and screenshots of the definitions, diagrams, charts etc and tag lecture notes which is my perfect package of revision. You can also attach videos and audios, subject to purchase for the the additional space.

With apps like  Dropbox and Evernote, I no longer depend on any external storage devices. Like mentioned earlier, I need to pay for the extra storage space.

As a confession,  I sometimes still take a handout due to my fear of losing all my files. Just to add to the discomfort my battery dies very fast. Today,  I had to sit next to a power plug point and had to continue with handouts.

I have deleted non-academic apps like Facebook , Skype etc but it hasn’t helped.

Overall I am still quite satisfied. It has simplified learning. Increased productivity. Convenience manifested with the mobility of knowledge and information transfer.

Useless keyboard

I have received the other part of my tablet i.e the keyboard. Now we can comprehend, the reason why my tablet is called a transformer. However it hasn’t been as useful as I had expected , worth mentioning the speed which is dramatically slow.

Besides the keyboard, my tablet and I have been a very productive team this week . It was much easier to revise for my mid-term. For instance I  would take notes and take a snap shot of the definition or a quotation with reference to the note and attach a video clip from the current or the previous lecture if need be.

In addition I have converted ‘my 2 hours of ideal time’ waiting for my seminars to ‘my 400 words weekly reflection essay time’. The most convenient part of having a mobile device is easy accessibility to information. The proportionate increase in productivity subsequently.

The Citrix app is a very useful interface. The speed could be better. However a thirty party domain enabling me to access my Virtual Learning from any location saves one not only the time travelling back and forth to access VLE but has a direct impact on efficiency.

My fellow members with ipads have been talking highly of Quick Office. I have Polaris so that we can compare the usage of similar apps during this this project. Polaris has been an user friendly interface till now. I download lecture presentations and hand outs prior to classes and make notes using Polaris. For our team, we have been contributing more in the class.

Availability of mobile information has also helped us to stay ahead. For instance, we can quickly Google search a new business buzzword or a vocabulary. This was possible on our cell phones but with a tablet you can do this without disrespecting the class decorum.

To conclude.

1. Keyboard is useless.

2. New apps and other interfaces helps us to be more efficient.

Asus Transformer series -transforming perception !!

I have joined this project primarily because of my interest in environment and sustainability. A way to eliminate usage of paper and make information mobile was an ideal foresight. Initially I was reluctant to try any other operating device other than IOS but as a part of this project we wanted to test Android vs IOS.

The tablet had transcended the meaning of convenience, mobility and simplification to another unimaginable level. I no longer carry heavy notebooks and lecture handouts and I have saved more papers than I could in the last few weeks  just by using Supernote for scribbling.

The touchscreen facilities are well designed for convenience. However I would require more time to be more efficient.

Polaris Office has worked perfectly for me minus the PDF files  for  which  our mentor, Nicolas had suggested Easy edit.

For Android, it is difficult to switch between apps. I hope it is just due to my technology illiteracy for android devices otherwise they will need to incorporate up-gradation for the same.

Other apps such as the My Library, Press reader and My gallery  created my virtual second home after mac .

I am yet to explore more  apps but  these few weeks has just been about developing acquaintance with the tablet and I am relatively content.

Diana

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