Something we love about the latest Classmate PC is the addition of a touchscreen.
One of the strongest "form" messages we get back from the various m-learning trials we run, is the appreciation of "touch" as an interface. That and easy access to multimedia features (like cameras, voice recording, speakers etc)
That - and the ability to work together, sharing devices.
PDA-style devices, like the many HTC / WindowsMobile gadgets have always scored really well on these, and looking at this interview with one of the classmate researchers, they are taking the message to heart with their latest version
Are touchscreen UMPCs the pen and paper for students of the future?
This may well be a critical addition, enabling Intel’s Classmate PC to emerge as leader of the pack out of the swamp of chaos engulfing OLPC at the moment ...
Come on OLPC ... don't give up just yet ...