We’ve made some changes to what we consider acceptable devices based on feedback from teachers and students. This does not mean that you have to buy a new device for your student. But when you do buy a new device, it should meet these new guidelines:
Battery life: The minimum battery life requirement remains the same at 7 hours. You might consider a device with a longer battery life if you will want your student to use their device after school as well as during school.
Screen size: Last year we changed the minimum screen size to 9 inches. Students tended to have more problems with smaller screened devices and students with larger tablets report that they are happier with their devices.
Tablet Storage: The minimum memory requirement remains the same at 16MB. Please note however that this is the amount of space that we recommend for school use. If a student will have their personal games, music, photos and videos on a device then you should look for a device with more memory, expandable memory or cloud storage.
Tablet Type: Students have had more problems with certain types of tablets than others. While these devices might work fine for some applications, they don’t work well for school work. We no longer recommend Android devices (including Kindles and Nooks). We also don’t recommend Windows Tablets that use the discontinued version of Microsoft Windows (Windows RT).
The majority of our students use the Apple iPad. They report very few problems with the full size iPads. Our teachers all have iPads and will be more likely to be able to help with iPads than with other devices. You can lease an iPad from Lincoln Lutheran for $23 per month.
Although you can still purchase them, we do not recommend the iPad 3. All of the iPads listed below are current models. Note that we have included the iPad mini 4 in the list, but do not recommend that you purchase it for school use.
You might consider checking out the Refurbished iPads from the Apple Store. They come with completely new exteriors and a full warranty. Mr. Sommerer has been happy with the refurbished Apple products that he has purchased for school and personal use. The iPad models that are available from their refurbished section change frequently.
|Name||Cost||Battery Life||Screen||Resolution & PPI||Weight||Cameras||Storage|
|iPad mini 4||$299.00||11 hours||8in.||2048x1536 @ 326||10oz.||8,2||16,64,128|
|iPad Air||$379.00||11 hours||10in.||2048x1536 @ 264||16oz.||5,2||16,32,64,128|
|iPad Air 2||$399.00||10 hours||10in.||2048x1536 @ 264||16oz.||8,2||16,64,128|
|iPad Pro||$799.00||10 hours||12in.||2732x2048 @ 264||25oz.||8,2||32,128|
- The cost column is the lowest price we could find; typically refurbished or Black Friday.
- You can sort the tables by clicking on the column headings in blue.
There are two types of Windows tablets. Tablets that use Windows RT and tablets that use the full version of Windows (either 8.1 or 10). You do not want a tablet that uses Windows RT. Students report many more problems with Windows RT tablets than with Windows 8.1/10 tablets. Unfortunately it is not always easy to tell which is which. For instance: the Windows Surface 2 is Windows RT, while the Windows Surface Pro is Windows 8.1. All of the tablets listed below use Windows 10.
|Tablet||Cost||Battery Life||Screen||Resolution & PPI||Weight||Cameras||Storage|
|Dell Venue 10 Pro 5000||$279.00||10 hours||10in.||1280x800||23oz.||5,2||32, 64|
|Asus VivoTab Smart||$365.00||7 hours||10in.||1366x768||24oz.||8,2||64|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 2||$419.00||8 hours||11in.||1920x1080 @ 208||32oz.||1,1||64,128,256,512|
|Microsoft Surface 3||$479.00||7 hours||11in.||1920x1280||22oz.||8,4||64, 128|
|Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000||$699.00||7 hours||11in.||1920x1080||25oz.||8,3||64, 128|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 3||$799.00||7 hours||12in.||2160x1440 @ 216||28oz.||4,5||64,128,256|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4||$899.00||7 hours||12in.||2736x1824 @ 265||27oz.||8,5||1,282,565,121,024|
Android tablets were the devices that students were least satisfied with for school related uses. We no longer recommend Android devices (this includes the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook). There are hundreds of Android devices. The ones listed below have the best chance of working as part of our 1:1 initiative. Be wary of purchasing a similarly named, but older version of these devices. If the prices are a lot cheaper than the prices listed here, make sure you are getting the same device. Again, based on our student survey results, we do not recommend these devices. But if you need to purchase an Android device, these are probably your best bet.
|Tablet||Cost||Battery Life||Screen||Resolution & PPI||Weight||Cameras||Storage|
|Google Nexus 9||$319.00||9 hours||9 inch||2048x1536 @281||15oz.||8,3||16,32|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7||$399.00||7 hours||10 inch||2048x1536||14oz.||8,2||32|
|Dell Venue 10 7000||$399.00||6 hours||11 inch||2560x1600||16oz.||5,2||16,32|
|Sony Z4||$596.00||8 hours||10 inch||2560x1600 @ 299||14oz.||8,5||32|
Chromebooks were rated highly by our students this year. They seemed to work well for school related tasks. Mr. Heibel has been using a Chrombook for the past 2 years. Chromebooks are not full-featured laptops. They are designed to use Google’s internet based applications. They also don’t cost as much as a laptop. There are other Chrombooks available, make sure you check their battery life before purchasing. The combination of a Chromebook and a smartphone may be a good combination for some students.
|rating||Chromebook||Cost||Battery Life||Screen||Resolution||Weight (lbs)||Cameras||RAM,SSD,HD||Processor|
|3.5||Acer 15||$369||9 hours||16 inch||1920x1080||4.4||0,2||4,32,100cloud||1.6GHz Celeron 3205U|
|4||Asus Flip||$299||9 hours||10 inch||1280x800||2||0,2||4,16,100cloud||1.8GHz Rockchip 3288|
|4||CTL NL6B||$259||9 hours||12 inch||1366x768||3||0,2||4,16,100cloud||2.3GHz Celerom N2940|
|4||Dell 13||$429||13 hours||13 inch||1920x1080||3.2||0,2||4,16,100cloud||1.5GHz Celeron 3205U|
|4||Dell 11||$269||10 hours||12 inch||1366x768||2.8||0,2||4,16,100cloud||i3 4005U|
|4||Lenovo 100S||$179||11 hours||12 inch||1366x768||2.5||0,2||4,16,100cloud||2.2GHz Celeron N2840|
|4||Lenovo N21||$189||9 hours||12 inch||1366x768||2.8||0,2||4,16,100cloud||2.1GHz Celeron|
|4.5||Toshiba 2 CB35||$299||10 hours||13 inch||1920x1080||3||0,2||4,16,100cloud||1.7GHz Celeron 3215U|
Apple laptops received high scores from our students. We recommend that you take a look at the refurbished ones on Apple’s online store. If you are buying local, Computer Hardware Inc (just South of O street on 70th) has always been very good to Lincoln Lutheran.
|Laptop||Cost||Battery Life||Screen||Resolution||Weight (lbs)||Cameras||RAM,SSD,HD||Processor|
|MacBook Retina||$1,150||12 hours||12||2304x1440||2||0,2||8,256,0||2.4GHz i5?|
|MacBook Air 11-inch||$760||9 hours||12||1366x768||2.4||0,2||4,128,0||1.6GHx i5|
|MacBook Air 13-inch||$850||9 hours||12||1440x900||3||0,2||4,128,0||1.6GHx i5|
|MacBook Pro Retina||$1,100.00||11 hours||13||2560x1600||3.5||0,2||8,128,0||2.7GHz i5|
There are many more Windows Laptops with an acceptable battery life than there were last year. The list below is no longer a complete list of Windows Laptops that have a battery that will last at least 7 hours. The less expensive devices on this list are also much less powerful than the more expensive devices. TANSTAAFL.
|Lenovo Ideapad 100S||$180.00||9 hours||12 inch||1366x768||2.2||0,1||2,32,0||1.3GHz Atom||note low memory & processor|
|Asus EeeBook X205TA||$200.00||12 hours||12 inch||1366x768||2.2||0,2||2,32,0||1.3GHz Atom||note low memory & processor|
|Acer Aspire One Cloudbook (14-inch)||$250.00||14 hours||14 inch||1366x768||3.5||0,2||2,64,0||1.6GHz Celeron||note low memory & processor|
|Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA||$280.00||10 hours||12 inch||1366x768||2.6||0,1||2,32,0||1.6GHz Celeron||note low memory & processor|
|Lenovo Yoga 3 14||$650.00||8 hours||14 inch||1920x1080||3.5||0,2||4,128,0||2.0GHz i3-5005U||Converts to tablet|
|Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12||$670.00||7 hours||13 inch||1366x768||3.4||0,1||4,16,500||2.0GHz i3-5005U||Converts to tablet|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X250||$700.00||20 hours||13 inch||1366x768||3.7||0,2||4,0,500||2.1GHz i3-5010U||with extended battery|
|Asus ZenBook UX305||$700.00||9 hours||13 inch||1920x1080||2.6||0,2||8,256,0||Core M-5Y10|
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus||$700.00||8 hours||13 inch||3200x1800||3.1||0,2||8,128,0||1.6GHz i5-4200U|
|Dell Inspiron 13 7000 SE||$750.00||8 hours||13 inch||1920x1080||3.6||0,2||8,0,500||2.8GHz i5-6200U||Converts to tablet|
|Dell XPS 13||$800.00||9 hours||13 inch||1920x1080||2.7||0,2||4,128,0||2.3GHz i3 6100U|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T450s||$800.00||15 hours||14 inch||1600x900||3.8||0,2||4,0,500||2.7GHz i5-5200U|
|HP Spectre x360 13t||$900.00||9 hours||13 inch||1920x1080||3.3||0,2||4,128,0||2.8GHz i5-6200U||Converts to tablet|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon||$950.00||8 hours||14 inch||1920x1080||3.1||0,2||4,128,0||2.7GHz i5-5200U|
|Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15||$960.00||8 hours||16 inch||1920x1080||5||0,2||8,180,0||2.2GHz i5-5200U||Converts to tablet|
|Toshiba Portege Z20t||$1,650.00||14 hours||13 inch||1920x1080||3.2||0,2||8,256,0||Core M-5Y71||Detaches to tablet|