Ever since the beginning of the tablet wars, companies like Apple, Samsung and others have been boasting about their tablet’s educational capacities. From the apps on their app stores, to the simplicity and friendliness of the user interface, the education sector is one that is highly competitive. Getting a school district or university to adopt an ecosystem gives a company marketing bragging rights, and it opens doors for a lot of other schooling environments. We have heard Apple tooting their horn about it, as well as a few others, but now, Samsung has jumped in and isn’t beating around the bush. It went ahead and announced the Galaxy Tab 4 Education. Galaxy Tab 3 Education doesn’t really have the same ring, maybe there was a reason they waited. Samsung is famous for releasing innumerable iterations of a device, saturating the market, making devices for niche markets, some of which they arguably created. It’s a very different strategy from their first competitor in the US, Apple, who releases one thing, and claims it’s perfect for everyone.
The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is rugged. It looks like it comes with a pretty rugged looking case ready to be tossed around by kinders or swung around in a book bag of a 9th grader. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat, has a 3MP Camera on the back and a 1.3 on the front. It’s got 1.5GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, however, as with most Samsung devices, it can be expanded with up to a 64GB memory card. It’s got a standard 10 inch 1280×800 display with a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core CPU. It’s got all the necessary connectivity: WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n and direct), Bluetooth, NFC (for quick setup), HDMI, and of course USB (2.0). The standard Galaxy Tab 4 battery as well, at 6800 mAh.
So, now you’ve read all the specifications, you’ll probably be thinking, that sounds exactly like the Galaxy Tab 4. And you’d be right. There is literally no difference, apart from perhaps some software adaptations, from the Galaxy Tab 4 Education and Galaxy Tab 4. But for some reason, Samsung feels that the Education variant is worth 50 dollars more.
It was a nice thought Samsung, but we’ll just order a bunch of iPad 2s and call it a day.
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