quote:Originally posted by PhilL
Being a college student myself I disagree that college students are not a major "targetable" audience due to the price of the machines. If you're looking for people using the latest and greatest computer technology, look to college students!
Over 90% of all college students own a computer. (Verifiable statistic.) Visit a college library or study area... it will be riddled with students working on their laptops. And most of them obtained their computers fairly recently. An informal (unverified) survey/observation of computers owned by my fellow classmates and dormmates reveals that my 500 MHZ P3 machine and 17" CRT monitor are ancient clunkers.
Now cost factor... I know that tablets cost more than regular PCs, but the challenge is not convincing college students/parents to shell out $2500, it's convincing them to pay whatever the difference would be between that and another PC. Given the added utility of tablets in the classroom, I think this is highly viable.
The only significant challenge that I see is that some students may not want their tablet to be their only PC. (Those who do a lot of work on the computer; gamers...).