What's on offer...
What are the viable tablet options for digitally enabled schoolchildren? Here are three devices capable of doing the job:
Cost: from €400
This is by far the most commonly deployed tablet in Irish schools. It is the cheapest full-sized (10-inch) iPad tablet.
Its biggest advantage is its range of apps: students can find more supporting materials specifically designed for this tablet than any other.
However, it may be consigned to obsolescence when Apple updates its iPad range with new models next week.
Cost: from €230
One of the iPad 2's strongest competitors is Google's seven-inch Nexus 7, which packs in more power, more storage memory and a higher-resolution screen than its Apple rival.
However, the device is little over half the size of the bigger iPad, giving it a different basic complexion.
While it works with all prescribed digital texts, a new model has just been launched.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10
Samsung's mid-range full-sized tablet is a solid, modestly-powered device with a good screen but not as much storage or extra features as the more expensive Galaxy Note 10.1 (€450).
Because Samsung is such a big smartphone maker, the tablet's software will be familiar to many people when switched on.