Looking for affordable devices for use in a preschool, child care, or camp setting? We’ve done some research here at brightwheel, and have gathered some customer suggestions, as well.
Here are a few recommendations for tablets, mobile devices, and stands and mounts that are brightwheel compatible.
Aside from price, the most important feature criteria to consider include:
- Screen size vs. mobility (i.e. tablet vs. mobile phone)
- Operating system: Check the Apple app store or Google Play store to see the versions we support
- Memory space: note that brightwheel does NOT store images and videos on your device in order to save space
- Camera quality: we recommend a minimum of 5MP
Please note that brightwheel is not compatible with Windows devices and is not optimized for Kindle.
Tablets are a great choice, especially when used as a check-in kiosk. A few tablets we recommend:
Our top recommended choice at $139, also has 10 hours of battery life.
This tablet has average handle and UI with a 5MP camera. Offered around $125.
This is a solid choice from Asus. 5 MP camera for about $130.
These retina display devices have super 8 MP cameras and are lightweight and compact. Pretty pricey in the $400-$600 range depending on the model.
Although a lot of schools do lean towards tablets, we often recommend mobile devices for in-class use because you can easily use brightwheel and quickly put it away. In this case, you wouldn’t actually need to use the phone functionality; you can just put it on wi-fi.
For more affordable options, these are our Android phone recommendation, balancing quality and cost:
Durable and fast, with a large screen. Priced around $270.
This one handles quite well with solid UI. 5 MP camera, can find for around $230.
Best camera of the Androids, priced around $200.
A real bargain, but a solid camera. Priced at less than $80.
A popular choice in the classroom for Apple fans, the 8 MP camera is amazing. Options ranging from 16 to 128 GB, with the latest models priced between $199 and $299.
wall mounts & stands:
You may want to secure your devices in your entry area or outside your classrooms, depending on your needs.
Adjusts to hold both a phone or a larger tablet, with adjustable height settings. $74.
Highly rated and adjustable wall mount with swivel arm, can hold up to an 11-inch tablet. $20.
Fitting tablets sized 7.9 to 10.1 inches, this can be mounted on the wall or a table/desk, with a strong, secure lock. $29.
Adjustable table-top stand to hold a 4 to 11 inch device. $15.
Have suggestions to add to our list? Please share them in the comments section below!
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