L.A. spends $30 million on iPads. In other news, Android tablets are gaining marketshare... somewhere... somehow

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Oh and funny comment from the story.

It would have been a WHOLE lot smarter to actually talk with teachers that have these in their classrooms! They are a lovely "toy", BUT, there is a WHOLE lot you can't do with them. The small Acer, with a 12 inch screen, 6+ hour battery, keyboard and a flashdrive port and more than $200 less expensive, would have been a much more useful computer for all these kids. The IPad will NOT work with flash, and is a very little box for what these students actually need. The district will spend a WHOLE lot more money on training the teachers how to use them, (if they actually will) whereas the Acer is a nice computer- that IS a computer. Bad choice LA!

So this person thinks that a crappy Acer that'll break apart in a year or two is a WHOLE lot better because of its 6+ hour battery, slightly larger and more crowded screen, a SD port (um, so the kids have to buy a sd card?), and it's cheaper. Oh and of course, it supports Adobe Flash! Lmao. Specialized iPad education apps vs crappy Flash education based apps. Easy decision.

And supposedly people now need to be deeply trained on how to use iPads! LMAO. Of course said person doesn't mention how much it'll cost to secure those laptops from viruses, the iPad's longer battery life, how easier it is to lock down an iPad than it is to lock down a Win laptop, how costly the Acers will be to replaced once they crap out (which they will do in great numbers), the complexity of using Windows for relatively basic tasks (Would you like to update this? This? This? Restart!!! Oops, I closed a Window cause you hovered your mouse over the X button!), how hard it is to open and edit and save a simple pdf file if you don't know of Foxit Reader, and so on.

So, job well done, LA. Consumers have chosen the iPad above many laptops and other tablets for a reason. Because of its ease of use when it comes to completing complicated tasks. The idea that these benefits automatically go away when put in the hands of students is ridiculous.