Smartphones & Tablets
Can I bring a smartphone to campus?
Does Bethany provide a smartphone for students?
What kind of smartphone should I get?
The advantages of an iPhone are its light weight, excellent screen, and vast library of available applications. Additionally, an iPhone will work with Bethany Gmail. The disadvantages of an iPhone are the inability to remove its battery, lack of expandable storage, and single screen size – no smaller or larger screens are available.
There is a vast array of different Android smartphones, with a variety of different options – removable batteries, expandable storage, physical keyboards, and screen sizes ranging from three inches to six inches and larger. Additionally, an Android phone will work seamlessly with Bethany Gmail, since Google develops both Gmail and Android. The disadvantage of an Android smartphone is that it may take some research to find a model that you like and is supported by your wireless carrier.
Generally, we have had the best results with the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones, the HTC One, and the Motorola Droid phones.
What carrier should I get?
Do I need to worry about viruses on my smartphone?
Generally, so long as you obtain apps from the iTunes Store or the Google Play store (and avoided pornographic and pirated apps), you shouldn’t have to worry about viruses on your smartphone.
Can I bring a tablet to campus?
Does Bethany provide a tablet for students?
What size of tablet should I get?
What kind of tablet should I get?
An iPad or an iPad Mini offers several advantages. Both the screen quality and the battery life are good, and the iPad has access to a vast library of tablet apps via the iTunes Store. Additionally, with a Bluetooth keyboard or a keyboard case, an iPad can act as a laptop substitute. The chief disadvantage of the iPad is its cost – an iPad or an iPad Mini can cost substantially more than a comparable Android tablet.
Android tablets come in a wide variety of sizes, with 7 inch and 10 inch screens being the most common. Android tablets are usually cheaper than a comparable iPad, and often have a slot for a microSD card, allowing you to store more data than an iPad. As with the iPad, an Android tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard or a keyboard case can sometimes act as a laptop substitute. The disadvantage of the Android tablets is that there are so many models and sizes that it can take some research to find one that meets your needs.
Generally, we have had the best results with the Samsung Galaxy line of tablets, the ASUS Transformer tablets, and the Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.
Do I need to worry about viruses on my tablet?
For Android, it is easier to get a virus, but it also takes some work. Most Android viruses come from sketchy apps in the Google Play store (pornographic apps are often malware vectors, as are third-party knock-offs of popular apps) or from third-party app stores on the Internet.
Generally, so long as you obtain apps from the iTunes Store or the Google Play store (and avoid pornographic and pirated apps), you shouldn’t have to worry about viruses on your tablet.