Cost: $579.oo for basic model
Device Hardware: This is a very well made device. The screen is glass and the brightness and clarity of the screen is the best in the mobile class. Battery life is approximately 10 hours.
Touch Screen: The iPAD2 uses a capacitive touch screen. Some applications on the hp slate have better touch response but overall the touch response on this device is the best in the mobile class. The brightness of the screen is unsurpassed, and no pixels can be seen on the screen. The native touch keyboard allows for adjusted typing.
Application Use: Uses Safari as the native browser; this is problematic. SharePoint does not render properly in this native browser, however basic functions of SharePoint such as custom lists do display. SharePoint fully renders using the Citrix client on an iPAD2.
Outlook Web Access renders nicely on the iPAD2, and generally any program that utilises web services renders well.
Flash content, and certain video formats will not render using the iPAD2.
Applications for use in the classroom: This device potentially has twice the number of functions of other devices. The user has access to the local iPAD2 apps as well as the ability to Citrix into a Windows 7 environment. I would think twice about using this mobile device if you did not have a Citrix environment.
Peripherals: Wireless keyboards and mice are available at a premium using Mac specific adapters.