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The purchase of a mobile student-computing device requires districtsto consider several factors, from warranty options to battery life.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HALF OF RESPONDENTS SAY TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP IS THEIR MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION
  • IDEAL BATTERY LIFE IS 8 HOURS, ENSURING THAT THE DEVICE WILL LAST THE SCHOOL DAY
  • MAJORITY OF RESPONDENTS SAY 5 POUNDS IS TOO HEAVY FOR A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE

How important is each of the following considerations when purchasing a mobilestudent-computing device?
Power consumption
Vendor reputation for innovation
Service options including self-service
Quality of vendor sales and support staff
Warranty
Initial Purchase Price
Total cost of ownership
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What is the ideal battery life fora mobile student-computingdevice?
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At what weight is a computingdevice too heavy for students?
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(Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.)

—Data courtesy of Jeanne Hayes (The Hayes Connection)and Tom Greaves (The Greaves Group).

Read about the full report, "America's Digital Schools 2007: A Five-Year Forecast,"here.

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2008 issue of THE Journal.

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