Tablets and variations of these devices will ultimately become a significant sales line item, most likely the fastest growing for the manufacturers who develop them. Apple has a significant lead in this market, and competitors will really need to work hard to match the elegance, ease of use and add a differentiator if they want to be a real contender. Most will use a lower price as their differentiator.
I have both an Apple iPad2 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab, which runs the Android OS. I have Macs & PC's at home - and I use them mostly to learn so I can help you make great decisions on what devices would best suit your needs and so I can show you how to get the most from the device once you acquire it.
I can tell you from experience, that it is better to make the right investment in your tech - not based on dollars, but based on usability and what you really want to do with the device.
Students have the most to gain from using devices like iPad - with the ability to download their textbooks, make highlights and notes on screen - these devices become not only powerful content delivery tools, but study tools that will really add interest and value to their learning experience.
I will take time to review these devices in a bit more detail -- but it's a beautiful sunny day here in Dana Point, CA! My resident mocking bird has been singing for a solid 3 hours now (fortunately it's a good song!) - so I am going to join him in enjoying the beautiful day away from the screen!!
Take care & HOPPY EASTER!