I have no words for how appalling The Verge’s Back to School 2013: The Verge buying guide is. If this isn’t paid product placement… I have no other explanation.
This article is total flim-flam which is not only a disservice to their readers, but so base that it’s offensive. All gloss, no content. This embodies all that The Verge isn’t.
If you value your readers or your own dignity, next time you want to highlight three types of students and profile what technologies they are using, please use actual students with real budgets and needs. Preferably third and fourth year students who have lived through school and have experience.