When the Kindle DX came out, Amazon said it could replace all those heavy text books students have to carry around. Test markets soon showed that students at one of the pilot schools found the device disappointing. So how would they feel about Marvell's new, $99 Moby tablet that supports both Android and Windows Mobile?
The device uses an Armada 600 series processor and offers Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and Flash support. It's also capable of full 1080p HD playback and boasts an FM radio. Marvell says the device should go on sale by the end of this year.
Marvell is hoping to "drive the education revolution" with the Moby, targeting heavy school bags and out of date and expensive textbooks. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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What youre missing there is that every time they rewrite that book and put out a new issue those same people get the same amounts for doing less work.
This is similar to an idea I was pitching to a friend of mine here in NC. Instead of a laptop for all students 7-12th grades give them an e-reader and put all their books on it so they dont have to lug a 100lb backpack home every day. The only issue was the e-readers are $300+ and only in black and white (this was a couple of years ago). They would still be cheaper than a laptop and lighter but thats still quite a bit.
The only other issue with this is that the textbook writers will argue that it will cut into their profits (arent the leftists saying to get the profits out of healthcare? will they say the same thing about education next?) unless you charge the same price for the e-book version of the book as the paper copy. That could put a dent in the adoption of this e-textbook concept.
I also read the article that you linked to Jane and it didnt mention prices. Where did you see the 99 dollar price tag.