iPad Apps can be created and distributed in house without iTunes, just sign up for the iOS Enterprise Developer Program.
Strict control of hardware on Apple's part delivers a consistent platform which ensures that your app will run across all devices and prevents fragmentation. In the case of Android one device might have a keyboard and another won't, one might have less performance etc... This means extra development time and testing to deal with various hardware scenarios and introduces more bugs.
Here are some figures on Android vs iOS Malware to take into consideration: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/08/24/apples_ios_unaffected_by_malware_as_android_exploits_surge_76.html
I prefer less headaches. Stick to iOS, it's proven and consistent.
Web and Emerging Technologies
University of Miami
On Aug 23, 2011, at 12:55 PM, "David Uspal" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Then again, by selecting the iPad you're essentially tethered to Apple's iron grip of the iWorld via its iTunes vetting process and strict control of Apple hardware. YMMV on this depending on what you're doing, but it should definitely be a consideration when choosing between Android tablets and the iPad.
> Quick side story -- we had to drop a contract one time at my old job due to the customer proprietary requirements. The customer didn't want to release its developed software outside of house (minus the developers of course) and Apple wouldn't give them a waiver from using the iTunes store. Mind you, this was a very big company with resources, so Apple probably lost a 5000 unit sale due to this....
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> Let's not forget a far superior user experience.
> Stephen X. Flynn
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> On Aug 22, 2011, at 12:56 PM, Madrigal, Juan A wrote:
>> I would definitely go with the iPad. More accessories, better support and
>> Juan Madrigal
>> Web Developer
>> Web and Emerging Technologies
>> University of Miami
>> Richter Library
>> On 8/22/11 11:19 AM, "Dan Funk" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> There is a good discussion here about Android vs iPad based tables for
>>> use as Kiosks - lots of good information to consider.
>>> I'd love to hear what you end up doing.
>>> On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM, Kyle Banerjee <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 5:48 AM, Edward Iglesias
>>>> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>> Apologies if this has been covered already but do any of you have
>>>>> using iPads as kiosks? We would like to set up several as directional
>>>>> beacons with a sot of "you are here" feature. I've found several apps
>>>>> the kiosk feature but the home button seems to be an issue.
>>>>> include a case that locks out the home button such as this
>>>> For kiosks, it seems like wifi chromebooks might be a decent option.
>>>> cheaper than ipads, can't do anything other than browse the web, and
>>>> easy to plug in external peripherals like keyboards, mice, and monitors.
>>>> Kyle Banerjee
>>>> Digital Services Program Manager
>>>> Orbis Cascade Alliance
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