Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 19:12 UTC
Apple It's one of those days again: Apple held a product announcement today, announcing several new products. The most important of which was rumoured about for a long time now: a smaller iPad. It's called the iPad mini, and has the potential to become the best-selling iPad - and thus, the best selling tablet.
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by ezraz on Fri 26th Oct 2012 19:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: unknowns"
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I don't know about your country, but here in the UK we run a scheme where parents pay for the iPad through an agreement the school sets up. The scheme is like a rent to buy type arrangement over 2 or 3 years. £10 a month. Includes insurance for accidental damage.

The claims on iPads or horrendous though. Giving any tablet to a young kid is pretty stupid. They break them with a regularity that is astounding. Some of the excuses we hear is almost as priceless as "my dog ate my homework".

Would I ever give a Nexus 7 tablet to a child? No. It would be broken in half the time. The iPad is a sealed device. The Nexus 7 can be pried apart with a fingernail.

I agree on the nexus, and every android tablet i've ever held at best buy -- would never get close to passing apple QA.

As far as charing the students for the gear, this is all determined by the "school board" in the states, which is in effect the elected leaders of the school district. districts are in the 2k-10k range for total student count.

I personally haven't seen a district in my area charge the student anything for tablet tech, but i know it's out there (especially in private institutions). Parents of students in 'free' education in america end up paying for a lot these days, as all sorts of extracurriculars and sports gear require parent purchase. But these tech buys are high-profile for the district so they usually foot the bill and buy a few extras for the inevitable failures in child-machine interaction ;-).

Yes, the cost of an ipad mini could buy a set of football pads and paint supplies for the student, but that is a budget discussion, not an OSNews type of discussion.

It should be compared to the price of other textbooks and teaching aids (the things it replaces, not displaces). it literally puts most of the worlds printed materials, as well as the teacher's custom curriculum, in a 1lb device which is good for kids. trust me, they are not amazed and wowed by this modern tech like us old fugs, they just expect it to be.

ipod, ipod touch, iphone, ipad, and soon ipad mini is more of a part of most young american kids' lives than most of you europeans might imagine. i can't even imagine the software they are going to come up with 10 years....

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