Well, we did it. In case you don’t recall or didn’t know, earlier this year I took a poll on what type of computer to buy for my high school freshman. Although tablets were out voted by a 2 to 1 margin, I couldn’t find any overwhelming reason not to give one a try. Especially since my daughter really wanted one. The more a child wants something, the more likely it is to get used. So, about a month ago, we went to our local computer reseller and took a serious side-by-side look at three different tablets: A windows machine, an Android Honeycomb machine and an iPad 2. Here’s what we found. Your results may differ.
So, we went with an iPad 2. Tried to get a 16 meg machine, but they only had 32 megs in stock. We also bought a lot of accessories to go along with it: carrying case w/Bluetooth keyboard, car charger, HDMI output, and a few others.
Hopefully this blog will give periodic updates to how well (or not) my daughter is doing with her iPad. For starters, though, I would strongly recommend a full-sized keyboard. We tried out the Bluetooth one, and she thought it would be OK, but after actually using it for a few days, she wishes we could have bought the full-sized one. Just little things – like there’s only one shift key and it’s not on the side she normally uses – are enough to miss a keyboard. We will have to wait and see if the Bluetooth one is worth taking to school.
Now it’s your turn. Have you or your child gotten a new computer (tablet, netbook, laptop, or desktop) for high school? If so, share your story.
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