MobileGuide: Recommendations and common questions

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For desktop and laptop computer recommendations, see ComputerGuide: Deals by vendor, recommendations, and common questions.

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Smartphone and tablet use at IU

At Indiana University, smartphones and tablets are useful assets for students. Though neither is recommended as your main computing device because of hardware limitation, smartphones and tablets can keep you connected to your email, classwork, and emergency notifications wherever you go. Tablets may also be helpful for taking notes in class, or for viewing IU eTexts.

IU's mobile services can make smartphones and tablets even more helpful. Using One.IU, these devices can perform a variety of services, such as displaying bus arrival times or available seats at a computer lab. With IUanyWare, most smartphones and tablets can run full-featured Windows applications on the go. (For more, see About One.IU and What is IUanyWare?)

Smartphone and tablet recommendations

UITS recommends a smartphone or tablet that runs the most recent version of your desired operating system (e.g., iOS 6+, Android 4+, or Windows 10/8.x/RT). Older versions may not provide the same level of compatibility with IU resources.

Consider what network your device will use. The 802.11n network provides a more stable wireless connection, especially in 5 GHz. The 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz client space is generally more congested and traditionally has more sources of interference (e.g., cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, game controllers, microwaves) than the 5 GHz space. Additionally, there are more channels available for 802.11n in the 5 GHz space. For those clients that can take advantage of them, the extra channels allow for additional 802.11n access points in congested areas. Many mobile devices support 802.11n only in 2.4 GHz frequencies, and may not perform as well as a 5 GHz client.

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To use the IU Secure network at the university, the mobile device must be capable of making a "WPA-2 Enterprise" connection; note that this is different from simple "WPA-2". Check the manufacturer specifications to ensure compatibility.

Common questions

Which operating system (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.) should I get?

While iOS and Android are the most popular, any of these three mobile operating systems should work well at IU. They differ mainly in application depth (e.g., Windows RT tablets may lack the application depth of iOS and Android). By contrast, Windows 10 and 8.x tablets can run anything your Windows laptop or desktop can. Android and iOS apps tend to run on both smartphones and tablets, but this is not the case with Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Windows RT tablets, Windows 10 tablets, and Windows 8.x tablets.

What's the difference between the various mobile Windows operating systems?

  • Windows 10 and 8.x are full-featured versions of Windows that run on tablets, laptops, and desktops. Applications are purchased and downloaded through standard distribution models (disks, downloads, etc.) or (as with Windows RT) through the Windows Store.
  • Windows RT is a reduced version of Windows and runs on tablets only. Applications are purchased and downloaded through the Windows Store.
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    Since Windows RT uses a system architecture that differs from those used by and Windows 10 and 8.x, any desktop or laptop applications you purchased through standard distribution methods cannot be used in Windows RT. If you decide to buy a Windows tablet, know which version of Windows is installed and understand what your limitations will be.
  • Windows Phone 8 runs on smartphones only. Applications are purchased and downloaded through the Windows Phone Store.

Which applications do I need to download?

Generally, mobile operating systems come with applications that allow you to use most IU resources (email, web browsing, etc). To run IUanyWare and stream full-featured Windows applications to your device, you'll need to download the Citrix Receiver. Android and iOS devices can download One.IU and access its many features. Other applications may be useful for your specific needs, so you might ask fellow students or instructors what they find helpful. Also, see Using your mobile device at IU.

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