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00755, Feb 20, 11:21am
My son needs a I pad for school and asked apple about there refurbished one and paying one off but I need a gem visa to get the financing. Is there anyway of getting one. With out the hassle of being a low income family and had a silly debt that went to baycorp which has been paid?

oclaf, Feb 20, 11:36am
You don't need an iPad. A internet capable device, sure. But I can't believe that it must be an iPad. I'm sure most $1-200 tablets will be more than adequate. As long as you steer clear of unbranded "generic" tablets you'll be fine.
I stand firmly in the opinion that a laptop is far more appropriate in schools than a tablet.

00755, Feb 20, 11:58am
I agree with you. But the kids have to have an iPad as they use the apps from apple. Which the school gets discounts on the apps for the kids. Wish they could get apple to give the kids iPads and we just pay weekly to the school as my son is missing out and will probably be teased as being one of the poor kids

mazdasix, Feb 20, 12:18pm
You can get the 1st gen iPad mini from the Apple refurbished store for about 330 last time I checked. Still a very capable device.

oclaf, Feb 20, 10:26pm
Seriously? Apple is locking schools into their system? That is not cool. If I had a kid at a school doing that sort of shit, I'd kick up such a stink. Should not be allowed to happen in a public school.

johnhb, Feb 20, 11:31pm
Agree. What is the Education Dept. doing about Apple effectively hijacking the education system?

jon9, Feb 21, 4:46am
Developers make the best education apps for Apple.

Think of it like a textbook, the $400 textbook allows your child to learn a lot, the $200 doesn't. It's the developers you should be blaming for making the best education tools for iPads

oclaf, Feb 22, 4:36am
Citation Needed

soodanim, Feb 22, 5:14am
Can I say. bollocks!

audi_s_ate, Feb 22, 6:37am
You may not like it but its true. Also if you are in the IT industry or at least have basic knowledge of tech, an apple device is very well supported and will remain very useable in 3-4 years time. Your $200 tablet very likely will be rubbish at that point. Need a citation? Show me a $200 tablet from 3 years ago that is still able to be used as well as a 3yr old ipad.

soodanim, Feb 22, 8:13am
Think you missed the point, forcing parents to purchase one and schools allowing apple to do it is still bollocks.

jon9, Feb 22, 8:34am
Allowing Apple to do what exactly ?

suicidemonkey, Feb 22, 8:43am
Of course a $200 tablet won't be. But you're comparing a $600-700 iPad with a $200 tablet. not really comparing apples to androids (that was funny in my head).

Buy a nice $500-600 Nexus device and it's a different story.

jon9, Feb 22, 8:48am
Not forgetting the amount of software for education is a lot higher on iOS than android. Seeing as we are talking about tablets for an educational use. You can pickup a 2nd hand iPad 3rd gen or 4th gen way cheaper than $600 anyway and unless you knew what to look for would look almost identical to a newer one. Thus would lead to children not getting bullied etc

soodanim, Feb 22, 9:32am
What can't you see. ?
Forcing parents to purchase their products and use their apps.

suicidemonkey, Feb 22, 9:36am
Ok I'm no Apple fanboy but I don't see your logic. How is Apple forcing anyone to do anything? It's the developers that make the apps. If they're not making them for Android, it's really just an easy win for Apple.

And I'm not saying they don't make them for Android (I honestly have no idea). But there must be a reason schools are wanting to stick to Apple?

soodanim, Feb 22, 9:40am
Sorry, SCHOOLS should not be forcing parents to buy specific devices because of certain apps they've decide to use.

suicidemonkey, Feb 22, 9:43am
Oh, yeah. totally agree with that.

-mung-, Feb 22, 11:13am
Schools do that because uniformity is much much MUCH easier to deal with. It's pretty damn obvious.

soodanim, Feb 22, 11:27am
They could choose a cheaper option of uniformity, not overpriced and overrated products. The need for these devices in schools is ridiculous.

-mung-, Feb 22, 11:50am
overrated according to. ?

jon9, Feb 22, 8:10pm

Welcome to the future.

tillsbury, Feb 22, 8:19pm
They could, but then what about all the parents who've already got ipads and have to buy another device just for school? That's even more ridiculous.

brapbrap8, Feb 22, 8:55pm
Except that iOS is by far the best supported platform for education, particularly at primary school level.
My partner is a teacher and a bit of a techie, we have iOS, Android and Windows devices at home and she has used all of the above as well as Chrome books at schools as well.
At my partners current school, the school buys the iPads for the classrooms, as it is a decile 1c in an extremely rough area so students owning there own devices is not ever going to happen.

_drdee_, Feb 22, 9:23pm
I don't buy that, Apple is better at education is just as much unicorn rainbows as Apple is more premium build quality.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/13/google-challenges-apples-dominance-in-schools-with-google-play-for-education-now-shipping-on-new-tablets/ https://www.google.com/edu/products/devices/tablets.html?utm_referrer=http:%2F%2Fgoogleforwork.blogspot.co.nz%2F2013%2F11%2Fintroducing-tablets-with-google-play.html

Generally I have found the more popular edu-apps are released on all platforms and the iOS versions are the most expensive.

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