Having said that if you want a 'tablet' computer it's still pretty much the only option at the moment. Android/Windows slate/tablet devices are still a year or two away from being ready to take the fight to Apple unfortunately.
CHR1S (18th March 2011)
@flyinghaggis even if they did a iOS Pro for an extra cost that had extra bits and bobs... I can dream
I rather like the look of Asus' version - includes a slideout keyboard, decent specs, Android, and the price is apparently going to be in the $400 region.
I purchased only ONE recently for the HoD ICT to demo. I am not a fan of it myself, just a big iPhone in my opinion and I found it hard to part with the cash but it seems to have gone down ok although even they have found out it's limitations quite quickly (most of them have been mentioned in previous threads!). The kids will get to use as a treat at the end of the lesson if they're well behaved.
However, as they can't be monitored or controlled centrally it does leave it open to abuse. Rude words/messages being typed etc. As far as I know, there is no way of integrating monitoring software on an iPad into a Windows 2k3 vanilla network?
I've had a look at the few Viewsonic's on offer at the Insight Technology Show recently, they are heavy too but look good, excellent spec and from the 2mins I played with it, it worked well, you can also get 7 Pro on the ViewPad 10s as well I think?
It's been discussed before (and I don't want to hijak this thread into yet another iPadvsXOOMvsAndroid / ilove-hate-Apple thread) but from what I have seen & heard/read on here, Windows 7 on a touchscreen is quite awful to work with and to be avoided.
I have a HTC phone with Android on it and love it, but the iPad2 is just too much for me (personally) to resist now; the iPad1 I managed to talk myself out of getting, I can't do it with this new version though!!
Also be interesting to see what the Blackberry Playbook is like?
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We're possibly going down the iPad route as a trial with our prep school (infant and junior kids). We liked the 12 or 14 unit storage case as linked in a previous post. Going through all the infrastructure, there really isn't much apart from ensuring wireless is available in the areas you want to use them in. Our idea is to put them in the library initially and then locking them down. This is possible with the iPhone Configuration Utility. You can make quick changes by passwording the profile. There's an idea we'll setup a mini-web server that'll host these configuration files too so we can chop and change them.
Personally, I'm keeping with my original iPad through the iPad 2 life and wait for the iPad 3 to drop . I love the fact I don't have to lug around my laptop everywhere in the house. I use it naked and keep it safe in a leather case. Nice to take around when travelling around. General web browsing, reading books, writing blogs etc; it's a very useful tool.
Main thing for me too was W7 wasn't designed exactly for a touchscreen, whereas the iPad OS and Android both are.
There was a lot more to it that I can't recall right now, but it was off-putting enough to make me remember not to go down that route!
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Windows 7 on a touchscreen is awful! I tested it on one of our old tablets and they are so far behind on the user interface side of things
Hopefully windows 8 will be better.
The biggest issue going back to the OP; are there any education application writers making apps for the iOS devices? I know you don't have to install apps through the store as the iPhone Configuration Utility will allow to upload custom applications.
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