Hightower (23rd June 2011)
I bought my son a ZiiO from creative labs, only £150.00 for 7" or £200.00 for 10", You can get email, internet books and write notes by hand. I has very similar fuctionality to the Ipad although only Wi-Fi not 3G.
I think it is excellent.
If you're considering a Windows device, you could do worse than the Dell Inspiron Duo. It's basically a convertible dual-core netbook.
I received a trial of an RM slate and only had it out of the box for around 10 minutes before I put it back in the box and asked RM to collect it.
Slow and unresponsive and I am not 100% sure whether Windows 7 is a great tablet OS.
I've just upgraded my iPad to the iPad and must admit I love it. Note taking, e-mail and web is perfect to use. I'll be purchasing iPAD's in stages for our Leadership team on a rolling programme as and when required.
We are also investigating funding for a bank of 32 iPAD's for use in a teaching environment - other schools have had good success with this, and this is something we wish to consider more. Especially if we look at providing a personal device for all students within our sixth form.
I have a Motorola Xoom, which is fantastic for quick web browsing, taking notes, playing games and being a e-reader.
One of my schools just brought 2 Tabs - iPad 2 which the headteacher uses and a Samsung Galaxy Tab which the ICT Department uses - I much prefer the samsung!
Asus Transformer with the keyboard dock, no question. The keyboard doubles the battery life, adds USB host capabilities and is really nice to type on.
I'll be getting one when I win the Euro lotto this Friday.
@Sylv3r: Great minds think alike
tbh if he only wanted email and browsing then id say a tablet is the way to go (and i would say it has to be the HTC or the ipad!) but i just cant recomend them for word processing, it really does sound like he would be better with a good quality laptop. We have given SMT some ASUS ones (K50 i think...) and they are great, they do not overheat (in fact they dont heat up at all, not even the battery!) and the battery life on them is fantastic! not to mention that by going down the ipad route they wouldnt be able to remote into school (if thats something you have or would like)!
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