Students Deciding on Tablets Ahead of Laptops as Back-to-School Shopping Picks Up
Wednesday, August 17, 2021 3:36 PM

The US economy might be heading towards another recession, but students still look out for high-tech school supplies. As students have traditionally leaned towards lighter and portable devices, tablet computers are increasingly becoming their gadget of choice.

According to Matt Hartley, technology editor at National Post, tablets are wonderful learning companions, but should never be a go-to-in class device. He said, “There are a lot of benefits to having an iPad or another tablet because you can get certain books on them. And there are certain applications that may prove really beneficial to particular students.”

In its report on back-to-school shopping, the International Council of Shopping Centers predicted that the average students will spend $189.51 on tech for school year 2011, up from $181.61 the previous year. When only college students are considered, the estimated 2011 average on tech shopping increased to $202.43.

Matt Porter, a digital technology specialist at Best Buy Tulsa Hills, buyers find portable tablets easier to take to class than laptops. He said, “We’re seeing students pull out a stylus and use them to take notes.” He states that the Asus Transformer, which is an Android tablet that can be transformed into a netbook with a full-sized keyboard dock, is generating intrigue among college students along with the new iPads of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

Experts state that students are turning to e-readers and Amazon’s Kindle remains the most popular option. They state that students who prefer to easily transfer there papers and presentations from device to device prefers to buy Target’s 8GB flash drive, which can be inserted into a variety of devices with a USB port. They add that more students looking into networked storage devices, which can wirelessly transmit files from one computer to another.

Students state that tablet computers are fun, cool and convenient, and are terrific for reading email and websites, and playing games. They state that however, tablets cannot replace a computer for creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations.