College Students Should Buy Tablets Instead of Laptops

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  1. SGosnell

    SGosnell (retired) Palm Pilot

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    I almost always have internet access with my phone, and it's a 10-second task to make it a wifi hotspot for my computer or tablet. But I know that I'm not everyone. I was just explaining Google's intent, or at least what I perceive it to be. They're trying to promote their cloud storage as much as they can, and device manufacturers are going along. I'm just trying to adapt to all that as well as I can, and it's not as difficult as I had imagined.
     
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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    z22 2006 User BHOT's Own Fluffy

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    I finally retired the runner on my Playbook tablet and got a Tab A with birthday money and after having a few days to play with it I don't see it replacing my Dell laptop anytime soon. It just doesn't fit my style of computing for anything that heavy duty, especially at school.
     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Here we are, closing in on 4 years since this article was posted. Apple had their 'Education' announcement today. Pardon me while I laugh uncontrollably. Apple clearly has lost their collective mind in thinking the new pricing and pencil feature are enough to turn the tide.

    After multiple years of watching all sorts of devices within education, Apple iPad and Android tablets are most certainly not it. Chromebooks are ravaging iPad faster than you can blink. And at a price point that Apple cannot touch. Granted, some of those cheap Chromebooks are too cheap, and the cost of maintenance on them is off the charts. But that is not slowing their adoption.

    My stance still stands - buying a tablet for school is about the worst thing you can do.

    Apple's new iPad is too fragile, expensive, and impractical for school. https://amp.businessinsider.com/app...e-expensive-and-impractical-for-school-2018-3

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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    2019 Update:

    The purge continues. We're down to the 12th grade students being the only ones allowed to Bring Your Own Device. I don't recollect seeing any tablets last year. This year, I similarly don't expect to see any either. That's a clear sign that these things just don't make sense. They're near impossible to service. The cost to obtain one and then to repair one far outweighs the cost of a traditional laptop form factor that has a far cheaper Total Cost of Operation. You know kids in K-12 and post secondary education just don't have the concern necessary to take proper care of devices, with minor exception.

    District owned tablets have sat idle and neglected. As each iOS version drops and renders past generations of tablets obsolete, we just junk them and have not replaced them. One of the most costly initiatives I have seen to date with terrible results. I'm just glad I did not have my name attached to it.

    Chromebooks have stormed the scene, and are radically changing education. They have their own challenges, but at least they've got a built in keyboard and mouse, making productivity a whole lot easier on some tasks.

    The tablet is limping along, but clearly isn't the choice unless it is forced by some sort of required curriculum.
     
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    I'm afraid of my Tab A dying one day and there not being any more tablets with the button scheme it has. It's just perfect for how I need to handle it.
     
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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    HC - I totally agree with you however I'm grateful for tablets. I use mine all the time. As I wrote back in May, we got our son the best iPad Pro tablet as a college graduation gift. He purchased the pen & keyboard folio for it himself. I carry a BT keyboard in my computer bag & have BT keyboards on my desk - ready to use if I want to type. Right now I'm writing this using Graffiti Pro on my tablet.

    The difference between myself, our son & high school students & even college students is a lack of care for their product. We take care of our electronics & they last for us - but for the general pubic - you are absolutely right!

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  8. EdmundDantes

    EdmundDantes Mobile Deity

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    I saw it the same way as HC. Tablets are nice in certain circumstances, but given prices and the limitations both of the hardware and the ongoing life expectancy as HC mentions, I don't see why a cheap laptop or similar doesn't make more sense.
     
  9. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    The only two advantages I see in a tablet (for certain uses) are portability and screen size. I usually travel with my 5.7" phone, my 15.6" laptop, and my 7.9." tablet. While in a plane, bus, or car, I never use the laptop because it's simply too large and heavy. The tablet is small and light enough to be easily used in confined spaces, and the screen is large enough to make reading books very enjoyable. The downside is that the pixel density is too low for the screen size, meaning HD movies look jagged on the tablet. They look much better on my 5.7" phone. So I end up holding two devices: the iPad to read books, and the LG G6 to watch movies. But I'm talking only of using a tablet for media consumption. I don't think I could ever use it for real work. It's too limited in almost every aspect for that.
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Question, raspy:
    A) please define real work?
    B) do you do real work on your phone?

    In my situation, having a nice Excel-compatible spreadsheet app, as well as a couple of Word-compatible apps (and given that I have no access to company email on personal PC, but I do on my phone), if the need arises, I can work on my phone (or tablet).
     

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