Now Playing
Y100 FM
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
Y100 FM

Posted: July 27, 2011

Tablets, e-readers among most popular gadgets students crave

Related


            Tablets, e-readers among most popular gadgets students crave
The 10-inch Toshiba Thrive (starting at $430) features two USB ports and an SD card reader.

            Tablets, e-readers among most popular gadgets students crave
Staples Azuna 3D technology adds a new dimension to notebook covers (one-subject notebook $2.99, only at Staples).

            Tablets, e-readers among most popular gadgets students crave
Crayola DryErase Crayons: An alternative to white-board markers, these dry-erase crayons ($5.04 on Amazon.com) come with an eraser mitt.

By Leanne Italie

New York —

What’s on top of the school supply list this year? It isn’t T-shirts and tennis shoes. It’s the other T, for mobile tech.
Kids as young as elementary age are looking for smartphone upgrades, while the college set is sussing out the explosion in tablets, said Craig Johnson, president of the retail consulting and research firm Customer Growth Partners in New Canaan, Conn.
“The single most important thing is the acceleration of technology for back to school. Kids don’t get excited about a new lunch box these days, or a new backpack. Cool means technology,” he said.

Tablets

Back-to-school tech also means tablets. Once hallowed Apple ground, iPad 2 competitors are everywhere. Apple is still the big kid, but Android technology is in pursuit.
In addition to the iPad 2, tech analyst Andrea Smith suggests the 10-inch Toshiba Thrive (starting at $430) for back to school. It runs on Android, has two USB ports and an SD card reader. The new TouchPad (starting at $500) by Hewlett-Packard, runs on webOS, has a 9.7-inch screen and touts easy multitasking among open apps.
For analyst Natali Morris, iPad 2 (starting at $500) “really is the only tablet on the market that kids are coveting,” though she added that some Android technology is good for note-taking and syncing.
Tablets are cool, but are they practical for actual schoolwork? That might have everything to do with the popularity of bluetooth-enabled keyboard add-ons, including the new one Smith and Morris like from Logitech, with a case that easily turns into a tablet stand. Toshiba has a keyboard, too, also sold separately.

Laptops

Morris’ picks for student laptops: MacBook Air with an 11- or 13-inch screen (starting at $1,000 and $1,300, respectively). They weigh as little as 2.3 pounds and boot up in about five seconds, she said. Those features are good for students moving from class to class.
Going head to head with MacBook Air for PC-prone students is the sleek new Samsung Series 9 (starting at $1,650), Morris said. It’s light, boots Windows in 20 seconds and offers 160-degree viewing for group work.


E-readers

While not as powerful or versatile as tablets and laptops, high functionality — like highlighting and touchscreens — are coming to e-readers. “All of the features are out now or in the process of coming out,” Johnson said.
The new Nook ($139) from Barnes & Noble has a six-inch touchscreen and crisp, clear print for reading in bright light. It also has received praise for long battery life.

--------------------

MORE COOL FROM THE SUPPLY LIST

Post-It Flag Pen
This highlighter-pen combo comes with room for 50 color-coordinated flags on a shirt clip. You can find it at various stores that sell office supplies. It’s sold solo ($3.99 on Amazon.com) and in a three-pack ($7.55 on Amazon.com).

Crayola DryErase Crayons
An alternative to white-board markers, these dry-erase crayons ($5.04 on Amazon.com) come with an eraser mitt.

Azuna 3D Notebooks
Azuna 3D technology adds a new dimension to notebook covers (one-subject notebook $2.99, only at Staples).


There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.