Going to George Fox University? Pick an iPad or MacBook

Man, I’m old.

When I went to college, I had a laptop. It was nice, and pretty, and never went to my classroom because I figured that everyone would think I was a tool for using a laptop in class. Turns out, that’s not the case today. In fact, laptops are encouraged in many lectures, and it makes sense. I know I type faster than I write, and in theory, you could record lectures as well. But that’s not where it ends.

That’s because if you’re an incoming freshman at George Fox University in Oregon, you get to choose between an iPad and a MacBook for school. Seriously. From their press release:

The decision to offer a choice puts George Fox on the cutting edge of technology in higher education circles, according to Greg Smith, the university’s chief information officer.

“With this, we’re basically asking students ‘What computing system will work best for you?’” Smith said. “By giving them this option, they can choose between the iPad, a mobile device known for its networking and E-textbook capabilities, or the laptop, which offers more computing horsepower.”

Turns out, George Fox has supplied computers to new students for years, and it’s even included in the tuition.

Now were I offered this choice, I’d pick the MacBook all day long. Yes, the iPad is neat and all that, but you’re going to accomplish more school work on the MacBook, and be able to use it for more things. The iPad just doesn’t appear to be the multi-tasking tool that many wanted, and for me, that’s just not the best choice for school.

But no matter what they choose, I’m jealous. My school didn’t even come with a free hat.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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  1. “Man, I’m old. When I went to college, I had a laptop.”

    I must be ancient. When I went to college, programming was still done on punch cards and the only computers were mainframes in the data center at the engineering school.

  2. Well there’s lots of students that already own MacBooks that will now also have an iPad. Wish I was back in college again.