Bring your own device (not alcohol) is going to become compulsory for juniors in 2015 and it is going to become a lot more popular for older students to bring their devices to school.


   Tablets are quickly becoming the most popular devices for working on, and for several very simple reasons: The have a simple, easy to use user interface, large screens and are generally easier to carry around because they are thin and light and don't have annoying keyboards. Tablets are usually put into three different categories due to their operating systems.


   iPads are really cool devices because they have big screens, are easy to use and have access to a large range of apps on the AppStore. While they are fun to use they are not very useful. You can get Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and several other Microsoft apps for free on the AppStore but when an onscreen keyboard is used the screen space decreases majorly. MAGS is supporting iPads, but the only thing going for them is their integration with the school's current system of Macs and iPads.


   Tablets running Android are more productive than iPads because of their open source software and their greater range of apps than iPads. Microsoft's Office apps will be coming to Android at the end of the year, but the Office 365 app is already out. While it is useful, it does not have the full productivity of MO on a pc.


   Windows tablets are currently the best bet for students to work with at home. Most current Windows 8 tablets come with Microsoft Office 2013 pre-installed. The only problem with Windows Tablets is RT: RT is a 'baby' version of Windows 8, I would not recommend buying any tablets running RT because while Microsoft Office should be pre-installed, you can only get other apps from the Windows app store. One edge that Windows tablets have over Apple and Android is that most of them either come with detachable keyboards or have support for them.
   If you get a Windows Tablet make sure it runs Windows 8 and has a detachable keyboard.


   Laptops generally have greater capabilities than tablets but they take longer to switch on and off. They are often faster to use though and are good with high-demand apps such as spreadsheets.

   Ultrabooks are different from note books because they use the same technology in tablets. They switch on easily and are light and thin making them easier to carry around. There are several ultrabooks running Windows 8, some with touchscreens. Macbooks are also under the category of ultrabooks, however they are generally more powerful. They are also very expensive.

   Notebooks are slower at turning on than tablets but they are faster to use as their keyboards make note-taking simple. They are the more powerful of laptop categories (excluding gaming laptops) and they are great for doing almost any task. They are also good at playing games. :-)

   So that's the low-down of the different devices you can use. This article simply expresses my opinion on the devices and should not affect your end decision. So the choice is now yours, are you going to use an iPad, or a less supported device with greater capabilities.


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