Smartphones on Campus
Mobile devices have taken an increasingly central role for campus web services. In a recent survey to the campus community, 75% of the over 2,200 respondents replied as using a smartphone. In response to this growing need, OIT has examined several mobile platforms and devices in an effort to make recommendations to the campus for what devices work best with our services such as campus e-mail. Below you will find our initial recommendations.
OIT Smartphone Recommendations
After our internal testing along with feedback from the campus OIT has two recommended mobile platforms that work best with our services: iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) and Android. Each platform has its own particular set of pros and cons that each individual should consider specifically for his or her use before deciding which is best. In addition, it’s important to consider carrier signal quality and cost prior to purchasing a smartphone.
iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad)
The iPhone has an intuitive user interface and works very well with our campus e-mail system. It allows for easy set up of other campus services such as the VPN. iPhone also natively interfaces with the OIT Exchange system.
Google’s Android platform has quickly gained popularity due to the platform’s truly open development environment and availability across all domestic carriers. Android excels at web browsing and works very well with OIT e-mail servers. Exchange is also natively supported on Android 2.2 and above.