The short answer is that china tabs definitely make sense for education but there are some road blocks. Here is what I have ran into...
A. Public schools don't like buying from china (or can't) with public funds so you have to funnel the money through a US company (like me) which drives up your cost.
B. There are good devices out of China... but very few, people will argue that point I am sure but most are junk :-( . There are several very solid models though. Personally I highly recommend the Ployer Momo 12 as one of the best units currently being offered.
C. Schools like support contracts for tech. Finding a company that can back you and support you may be tricky. Can I handle the order? Yes. Can just I handle the support, probably not past 100 devices for one school.
D. Schools like "known" quantities... I.e. name brand. No offense but most of the people making decisions at schools regarding money don't know "a horse's backside from it's face" when it comes to tech. Throw something at them they haven't seen and they may balk. That is a stereotype/generalization though and less of a valid point, especially the last couple of years. It has been refreshing that so many public and private schools ARE starting to get up to speed on this kind of stuff and even thinking outside of the apple/Microsoft box. Nothing wrong with either company, but people should be aware of their options.
Hope all of that is helpful :-)
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Edited by Roman2025, 15 February 2013 - 10:02 AM.