Choice of shiniest device must be justified
Are parents being gouged by having to pay for iPads rather than Android tablets? Are school administrators – who decide which tablets parents must pay for – the victims of slick Apple marketing and their own ignorance of viable alternative options? Or are iPads genuinely superior machines offering the best educational solutions for the next generation?
There is no doubt that iPads are expensive. The most basic full-sized model costs €400. The basic version of the newest model costs €520.
By comparison, some similarly powered Android tablets cost between €250 and €300. (While the cheapest models cost €100, these offer a performance level which is arguably not reliable.) So why do Irish schools automatically default toward the more expensive machines?