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Tale of the Tape

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Devices Specifications

 

  Chromebook
(Chrome OS)
iPad 2
(iOS)
iPod 4th Gen.
(iOS)
Transformer
(Android)
Kindle FireHD
(Android)

HP Laptop
(Windows)

Price $279 $399 $199 $475 $299 $829
Battery Life 8.5 hrs 10 hrs 7 hrs 10 hrs 10 hrs 4-6 hours
Display 12.1 in. 9.7 in. 3.5 in. 10.1 in. 8.9 in 15.6 in.
Resolution 1200X800 1024X768 960x640 1920X1200 1280X800 1366 x 768

Curricular Programs

  Chromebook
(Chrome OS)
iPad 2
(iOS)
iPod 4th Gen.
(iOS)
Transformer
(Android)
Kindle FireHD
(Android)
HP Laptop
(Windows)
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Smart Notebook

(with Smartboard)

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* notes that it works with that program but it may not be perfect in one way or another.

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Chromebook

PROS:  Quick bootup into Chrome. Full rich Website support, including Flash. Chrome Extensions and setting carry over from PC-based browsing. Less Malware to worry about. Always Updated.  Less reliant on the IT department, device management from the cloud.

CONS:  Locked into Google account. Google Docs/Drive isn't Office. Not fully functionable without Internet connection. HDMI/DVI/VGA requires an adapter.

BOTTOM LINE:  The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook laptop is a speedy portable Web terminal. It works well in that regard.

iPad

PROS: Thinner than the original. New A5 chip offers faster graphics processing, general performance. Dual cameras for video chat, HD video recording, and stills. Improved AirPlay features. Supports HDMI output (via optional adapter).

CONS: Image quality with rear-facing camera is not great. Front-facing camera is not HD. Still no Flash video support. No earbuds included.

BOTTOM LINE:  The clear standout in the ever-widening sea of tablets.  Seems to be the trend setter in education and the use of tablets.

iPod

PROS:  iMessage allows for virtual texting between iOS devices over Wi-Fi. iCloud syncs content between devices wirelessly. Still a top-notch music player. Shoots HD video, takes photos. 

CONS: Quite expensive. Lousy earbuds. Low-res camera.

BOTTOM LINE:  Aside from a new white version, the best-in-class iPod touch remains physically the same, but gets new features, like iMessage, via the iOS 5 update.

Transformer

PROS:  Incredibly bright and sharp screen. Thin and light aluminum body. Blazing fast quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

CONS:  Dearth of apps that take advantage of the screen. Android Operating System not being supported byt the district.

BOTTOM LINE:  The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is the best large-screen Android tablet money can buy, with an incredibly bright and sharp high-resolution display and blazing fast quad-core processor, but there just aren't enough apps.

Kindle Fire Hd

PROS:  Gorgeous screen. Very easy to use. Amazon Prime members get lots of video and book content. Multi-user parental controls.

CONS:  Rigidly locked to the Amazon ecosystem. Sluggish on occasion. Other tablets have more apps.

BOTTOM LINE:  The 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a great way to consume your Amazon content on a small screen.

HP ProBook 6360b

PROS Nice keyboard and screen. Peppy performance.

CONS:  No USB 3.0, HDMI, or WiDi. Thick and chunky by today's standards.

BOTTOM LINE:  The HP ProBook 6360b is a capable—but dated and heavy—business laptop.