Tablets in the $250 range?

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  1. Ima Teacher

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    Kindle just released three new products. Might be worth checking out.
     
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    I purchased a printer for $49 at Best Buy--Epson--it is wireless...I print from my ipads (1 & 2)...it has made them more practical. It was the best purchase I have made in a long time. You might think about that as a group present that the whole family can use. I can print from any room in my house and it supports all the computers and tablets--and my son's phone--in the house.
     
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    If you are thinking of them using it primarily for homework, think about the logistics. A group of our kids are piloting iPads this year and they were told by the IT dept that they would have to type on the screen when they have papers. The ELA dept and the kids are not happy about this. The kids hate it.

    So if you are thinking they will use it for homework, you might want to factor in the cost for a keyboard. Texting and websurfing on the screen are one thing - writing a report is another.
     
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    Alice, it may be the school requiring the flash drive. My students do not usually have access to the web, so they cannot access Dropbox. If printing at home is an issue, make sure you are set up for wifi and get a wireless printer. Easier in the long run. No opinions on the tablet - I have an iPad, NOT what you are looking for! Your kids are very lucky to have such a thoughtful mom!
     
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    I have the Nexus Tablet that's on the list in the link Kcjo provded.

    However, just so you know, there is an app/website called dropbox. You download the app onto your tablet and download it onto your computer. Whatever you do on your tablet, when you save it into your dropbox will show up on the computer!! It's awesome! https://www.dropbox.com/teams?_tk=a...ropbox" - US&gclid=CIWV6fTzs7ICFQjZQgodcwIAQQ

    ETA: Whoops, didn't notice that it's already been mentioned and you already know about.
     
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    OK, so I'll shelve the whole idea of the flash drive.

    If each of the 3 kids have their own tablets, then whoever needed the computer would have a shot at getting access to it.

    So taking that whole idea off the table, I'm still looking at the Nexus I think.

    Next question for those in the know-- I read somewhere that Apple is probably releasing a new 7" tablet, and that it might be wise not to buy anything for a month or two, thinking that the other prices might drop if Apple prices it in the same range.

    Any input on that?
     
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    Google most likely would not drop the price on their tablet, as it has only come out recently to rave reviews and was sold out for a while
     
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    http://www.woot.com/

    I don't know much about the technological stuff, but I saw this and instantly thought of you this morning!
     
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    OK, someone fast-- this looks great for my kids.

    It's not the Nexus, but it's $80 cheaper, for each of 3 kids.

    Is there any reason I shouldn't get 3 of these today?

    Thanks K1!!!

    OK, wait. I read a few of the reviews, and came across this:

    For starter how about cost the same as nexus 7 when you include 25 $ play credit

    Or the fact that a Nexus 7 would be top of the line and not a refurb?


    ACK!!!!
     
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    Alice---no idea if it's a good buy, but I saw this today too.
     
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    OK, I think I'm going to pass, but thanks so much!

    I've been checking around. I think the Nexus is still my first choice, and the difference in price between a new Nexus and a New Galzxy on Amazon is $10.

    I would go with refurbished if it were being sold by the manufacturer. But I'm not so sure about going through Woot--- what if it arrives and simply doesn't work?

    It's another $30 for the extended one year warranty-- that eats the deal that Woot is offering.

    Someone tell me whether my reasoning makes sense.

    Also, so far this is the best price I've seen for the Nexus:
    http://www.officedepot.com/a/produc...Affiliates-_-MNovbAzOHcI-_-15-_-261067_120697
     
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    How about a NetBook? They are very user friendly. Many of the high schools and middle schools distribute those to kids.
     
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    What are the advantages of a Netbook over a tablet?

    I've found an Asus netbook for ballpark $250-- would it be better for the kids than a tablet?
     
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    I prefer a laptop when I have work that required typing. You can also get small laptops that have a touch screen, so they can work like a laptop and a tablet.

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    I'm glad you had time to research the tablet on Woot. I knew I didn't this morning, but thought of you nonetheless. Glad it helped you out!
     
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    OK since it looks like the house will sell very soon, I'm going to hold off for a month or so to avoid putting them on the charge.

    That will also give me time to figure out tablet/netbook.
     
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    What kind of computer is this? I remember when I was researching tablets and netbooks/laptops I wanted one where the screen flipped too, but couldn't find anything with good/consistent reviews.
     
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    Those are rather expensive from what I remember
     

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