Windows 8 is a dud. I have been a fan or Windows for over 2 decades. I don't understand Win 8. I also would never buy anything with the HP logo on it. Android or Apple really should have been their choice. What rational mind could have come up with Win 8 and HP. They should be fired.
What word processing program is available on Androids?
clemynx wrote: »
The article seems to indicate that these are a lot more expensive than iPads, but this is only 50€ more than an iPad. Yes, we pay 700+ $ for those...:/
Still, HP makes crappy computers and crappy products. A Sony tablet may have been better. Or just an iPad for that price.
You mean I wasn't the only one? Now you tell me!
What did they expect! Buy crap expect crap.
Yep this guy is great! I've heard a MacWorld Podcast of his and he really understands the relationship of tech(iPad) and learning. Really a well spoken guy. I wonder if he has a TED talk?
I've said it before, everything I've read from Autistic kids to Med. students, the iPad is improving learning and test scores.
Perfect candidate for 64GB iPad2 $699
When will these fools learn? Saving a few bucks buying Android/MS stuff is just not worth it.
A 64GB iPad 2 is not available in Ireland. It only comes in 16GB for the equivalent of $526. A 64GB iPad air costs $904.
My daughter's traditional paper-based books cost me the equivalent of $447. So even if the Principal in question had opted for the iPad 2 - it and the books would have cost just shy of $1000.
But the real reason the Principal and iPad advocates are mentally compromised is .... wait for it .... there are no e-book versions of the text books that comprise the Irish secondary curriculum as far as I am aware of. I am scratching my head over the original article as it seems far-fetched to me, given the lack of the most basic requirement: e-books.
But yes, a 32GB iPad air would have been a no-brainer if you were to go down this route, but it and the HP device are both way too expensive given the poverty a large percentage of Irish Parents face where even buying the conventional text books is a huge financial strain.
Another example of a corporation (HP) trying to sell crap for profit. Ugh!
I know I sound silly, but I love Apple and I'm so glad my daughter is an Apple fan b/c of me! It's one of the things I got right and I'm so happy! I gave her my macbook to get her thru college and then paid half of a MBP for her to get thru Med school. I bought us both $600 original iPhones, a 4 and a 5. I would never, ever consider an HP with windows! Ugh!
A few weeks after I got her the orig. iPhone we were having lunch and she gushed, "Dad, my whole life is in this phone!" Made me laugh!
gooneryoda wrote: »
"We're not blaming anyone" for the failures, Gleeson said.
Yeah, you should. Blame HP and MS. In addition, blame the dumbasses who thought it would have been a good idea in the first place.
I say, this is grounds for a new Irish joke... jk :-P
The $741 likely included warranty and support for 2-3 years. So don't forget to add AppleCare.
Clearly, the IT department did everything it could NOT to get iPads (I would assume because of anti-apple bias). In the end, they got what they deserved and planned.
iPads for schools are not cheap and don't get huge volume discounts from Apple, but have not made the news like this. Kids deleting a file to surf the net, which is what happened in the only iPad-centric school roll-out where it did not go as planned, is not an unmitigated disaster (yeah, google it).
jameskatt2 wrote: »
Obviously, the school wanted a full-featured PC for their students so they can do word processing while multitasking with other apps to do research simultaneously.
This can't be done with an iPad. The actual competing Apple product is the MacBook Air.
The HP ElitePad is an Intel 1.8 Ghz Atom-based Laptop PC with Touch Screen, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB storage WITHOUT the keyboard, running Windows 8. It sells for $600 on Amazon.com. Once you add the case, docking station, and keyboard and mouse, it will end up costing at least $741 - as the article noted.
THE KEY IS THAT THE HP ELITEPAD IS A CHEAP LAPTOP PC - ESSENTIALLY A NETBOOK.
No wonder the HP ElitePad failed and was an "unmitigated disaster".
Apple doesn't do this type of junk.
The primary Apple competing product is the MacBook Air, costing $950.