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There are so many companies that make tablets and ereader type devices specifically for the airline industry.

What the military should have done was had these companies bid on the project. But I guess internal connections and hipster apple fanbois get in the way of that.

it's not about connections or hipster fanboys. It's about the fact that putting out requests for proposals, testing, selecting, tailoring, procureing, training the crews on it, standardizing and then implementing them both doctrinal and in actual use, takes MUCH longer than buying something already on the market and working around it...
    
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There are so many companies that make tablets and ereader type devices specifically for the airline industry.
What the military should have done was had these companies bid on the project. But I guess internal connections and hipster apple fanbois get in the way of that.

If they had used a tablet from another company, would you be calling them "fanbois" of that company? Is whoever chose to use Android phones in the military an "Android fanboi?" You guys are ridiculous. rolleyes.gif
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So you're saying since they chose iPads its rediculous and they're hipsters when if they chose android they would NOT be hipsters and it would be a good decision? Be more bias. Android has nothing on Tablets. I doubt the US military cares what hardware they're running or how they can install a custom OS on the android tablets. Developing their software for android would be far easier? Says who? Are you an android programmer? Android is much harder to program than iOS...... FYI
Well... yes. An iPad is more difficult to develop for and it also costs additional money to develop legally for it.

This decision really sounds like it was made by someone very uninformed and high up in the Air Force. If the developers of the software had to choose, they would choose Android, and the users would undoubtedly prefer the application written on Android, if they were allowed to try both. Easier to develop means better designed and better reactions to feedback.
Edited by Coma - 2/8/12 at 4:12pm
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My flight publications bag is almost 10lbs. I wish the Army and the rest of the branches would move forward with this and not just the Air Force.
Oh and for those that aren't pilots, you can't load everything in the aircraft. You need the mobiity of the tablet to plan flights while not in the cockpit. Not to mention there is a lot less overhead on updating Ipads versus aircraft loads.

Your pubs bag weighs 10lbs? Jeez, I wish I was that lucky. I have to use a roller duffel for mine. Then again I have a lot of stuff on my plane :/
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Why wouldn't they used some ruggedized tablet instead. That would make loads more sense than something that can break so easily....
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Even funnier, most naval aircraft have done away with paperwork in lieu of mission documentation being stored on aircraft computers, so you don't have to worry about dropping your BLEEPING IPAD and it breaking, the stuff is on a touchscreen BUILT INTO THE PLANE. (novel concept, eh?)

Mission documentation? Did you even read the article? This stuff is going to be used as a technical reference by people whose job it is to walk around(among other planes) a C-5 Galaxy. Those things are huge! Not to mention that Air Force regs state that you must have your technical orders(the book that tells you how to do a given task) with you and open to the task at hand at all times. You cannot have people running back and forth to a computer for this.
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Don't pilots usually where gloves of some sort?

If so, they will also need touch screen gloves.
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Don't pilots usually where gloves of some sort?
If so, they will also need touch screen gloves.

Gloves are only required during certain phases of flight.
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I don't know about the rest of you but I'm so darned happy that my tax money is finally going to something useful.
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Well... yes. An iPad is more difficult to develop for and it also costs additional money to develop legally for it.
This decision really sounds like it was made by someone very uninformed and high up in the Air Force. If the developers of the software had to choose, they would choose Android, and the users would undoubtedly prefer the application written on Android, if they were allowed to try both. Easier to develop means better designed and better reactions to feedback.

Jesus Christ, shut up already. All of you Anti-Apple fanatics are so much worse than anyone who uses an Apple product. You people would call someone who used their friend's iPhone to make a call a "hipster."

It won't cost the military much to develop for an iPad at all. In fact, they're probably getting a large discount off the product itself. Apple has always been good to the Government and Schools. Not to mention the fact that these will probably be locked down for security purposes (so no installations without admin rights). IT's not difficult to develop for iOS whatsoever. It has a devkit and a very well documented support site. If you can code for Android, you can code for iOS, so quit making crap up to justify your silly obsession with hating everything and everyone who uses Apple products.
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