Yeah, we have an iPad app…but wait till you try WizIQ on a Nexus 7

Education & Technology

Loving the Nexus 7

I’ve had a Nexus 7 for about a week now and it’s quickly usurped the New iPad as my tablet of choice. I might leave the iPad behind completely, in fact, if Adobe’s Touch Apps worked on it yet (apparently they’re optimizing their awesome creative apps for the 7″ screen). With a quad-core processor, the little tablet just screams and the 7″ form factor just works really well for me. So does the $200 price tag. I may have grown up in Seattle, but 12 years in New England have turned me into a Yankee, with a Yankee’s sense of practicality, value, and pragmatism.

There are plenty of iPad devotees who disagree with me (my oldest son, first and foremost) and that’s OK. There is certainly room for more than one tablet (and more than one form factor) in the market. But the tablet that I literally take everywhere with me is my new Nexus 7.

“But wait!” you exclaim. WizIQ only has an iPad app! How could I leave that behind? At least I assume that’s what you’re wondering. This wouldn’t be much of a blog post if you weren’t.

The answer, of course, is that, like Adobe’s Touch Apps, I can’t fully embrace a tablet that doesn’t support the WizIQ Virtual Classroom app. Fortunately for me, though, I know a WizIQ developer or three. And while we released our iPad app first since three generations and millions of Apple’s cutting edge tablets dictated that our first app efforts should be on iOS, our developers have been hard at work porting the WizIQ app to Android.

No public beta…Yet

Right now, I’m one of the few, the proud, and the brave who gets to have my cake and eat it too…WizIQ can fit in my pocket with my Nexus 7 (and actually with my Droid RAZR, too, as well as my Motorola Xoom and Dell Streak…and yes, I do have too many tablets) in ways that it just can’t when I’m accessing classes on my iPad. Despite my wife’s loathing of cargo pants and cargo shorts, I love them like I love my Nexus and the┬ádiminutive┬átablet fits handily in every pair I own, making WizIQ even more portable. For me, at least. We haven’t launched a public beta yet because the app isn’t quite ready for prime time. However, it’s darned close and then you too can join the ranks of the WizIQ-on-Android early adopters.

The point is that you have something to look forward to here. Big time. The iPad is a great tablet, no doubt about it, but the variety of form factors available on the Android platform means that you’ll soon be able to use WizIQ in whatever way best suits your needs, budget, and whims. Of course, this variety also means more work for our developers, so I won’t irritate them too much by committing to a firm date. Rest assured, though, that it will be worth the wait. If you don’t have a Nexus 7 yet, now just might be the time to scrape together enough scratch to order one. A 7-inch Virtual Classroom, so far, has proven to be the Goldilocks of mobile WizIQ incarnations for me – it’s just right.

Christopher Dawson

Chris is a full-time online teacher since then, focusing on teaching Business English to Adults. Rather than pushing the boundaries of technology, Chris seeks to simplify the online learning process by focusing on authentic human connections as a way to make online learning accessible for learners of all ages.

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