Ok, so the most impressive tablet to come out of CES was definitely the Motorola Xoom. What a slick, slick little tablet! I do believe this marks the beginning of some great tablets for K-12 schools. Let me get my big dislike out of the way first–in order to get one, it appears you will need to grab a Verizon plan. Ugg! In schools, how do you propose this works? You want 5 tablets in a classroom, so you will need 5 Verizon mobile plans? Not cool. Why not sell a wi-fi only model? Let’s cross our fingers on that. I am a Sprint home, my school system uses US Cellular. We do not need a third vendor.
So what do I like about it (read: why it’s better than that unnamed fruit tablet):
- front and rear facing cameras–very important if you will replace desktops/laptops in the classroom–for Skyping/videoconferencing, picture taking, etc
- will run Android’s Honeycomb release–Google promises many ‘tablet’ features in this release
- using Google’s new eBooks feature, where you can download an app to a phone, tablet, or use a browser and keep all your reading syncing. Plus, all books in the Public Domain (read: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)==FREE!
Lots of great features–I know I CANNOT wait for a Xoom. Let’s hope they go with a wi-fi only model, as I know one school district that will use some RTTT funds for them!