Apparently, in New Jersey, they know how to party AND how to get their study on. According to CampusTechnology Seton Hall University will be giving Android-based Lenovo ThinkPad tablets to both faculty and students this fall semester. The tablets have already begun shipping on Monday and contrary to what I initially assumed, these are not your run-of-the-mill, low-end Android tabs.
The Lenovo ThinkPad just launched today and features a 10.1-inch 1280×800 resolution display, Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 3-in-1 card reader, full usb support, 5MP rear/2MP front facing cameras and the real bread and butter, Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
Okay, before you rush out and enroll just to so you can get your hands on these ThinkPads, the university isn’t exactly handing them out to all of their students. About 350 faculty and students will be given the tablets as part of the university’s broader program to support learning using mobile devices. So, only specific programs will see these tabs. Stephen G. Landry, Seton Hall’s chief information officer had this to say,
“As a long time partner with Lenovo as a ThinkPad University campus, we’re delighted to bring the ThinkPad Tablet to our students and faculty in the Sciences, Honors and the School of Business Leadership Program. This new technology represents the next evolution in Seton Hall University’s Mobile Computing Program to use technology effectively to support teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness while keeping pace with technology that appeals to our students.”
Normally Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablets cost $500 for 16GB ($530 with the stylus), $600 for the 32GB model and they even offer a 64GB version (with the stylus) for $700. I’d be pretty thrilled if my local community college began offering these to students. I mean, they could do a lot worse (iPad).
i went to seton hall. as part of tuition all students get a lenovo thinkpad for free that you keep after graduation. wish i was there for these damn tablets though…
Chris, I thought I saw somewhere that you dont have a college degree…
SIGN UP! YOU GET A FREE TABLET :D Who cares about the education though…
I graduated the school of Hard Knocks, yo.
It’s a hard knock life, for us.
You get it for free, after you cough up “only” $30,000+ for tuition.
Higher education done right! Wait …. 30 years ago wasn’t Apple giving computers to schools ? :-)
They should do this more! Getting free tech is always great.
“Free tech is great” – Ha. Per collegedata.com, one year of Seton Hall tuition and fees will run you $31,890. And if you think the carriers are bad, don’t forget the four year “lock in”…
I’m not saying that this isn’t a good thing they’re doing, but one thing it sure isn’t is free.
I grew up near Seton Hall, maybe I will go back home and enroll…