Ask a Tech-Savvy Teacher: Use a Cheap Android Phone as an “Android Touch” Platform (Part 1)

I recently received this email from the “Ask a Tech-Savvy Teacher” page on the blog:

Hey Tech-Savvy Teachers!

My iPod Touch just played its last iTune after five years of faithful service.  I want a good media player to replace it.  Any ideas?  I know that Apple is rumored to be releasing new iPods soon (Editor’s Note: released!) but I am hoping for something cheaper.  Is there an Android version of an iPod Touch?

Thanks,
Abba-less in Boise

Dear Abba-less,

I hear you sister!  The new iPod Touch hardware is awesome, but there are times when an inexpensive alternative is quite justified.  I hear from a number of parents of younger kids that they wish there was a cheaper phone alternative that their kiddos can use on wifi without a data plan as well as power users and casual users alike that want a cheap device for exercising, recreating or traveling.

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