The tablets had initially been acquired for use by middle school students as part of a 1:1 program but were pulled from use in early October after thousands of students reported broken screens, misfitting cases, or malfunctioning power supplies.
News reports from last month included mentions of 175 broken power supplies, a failure rate of over 1%. Also, over 1,500 students reported breaking the screen on their Amplify tablet, which according to the school district was probably the result of the tablets not meeting spec (they lacked the Gorilla Glass layer that was supposed to protect the screen). And some 2 thousand cases were reported as being defective.
According to the product page, the Amplify tablet has a 10" screen and runs a modified version of Android 4.2 on a Tegra 3 CPU with a 5MP rear-facing camera, wifi, and a microSD card slot. It is leased to schools at a princely $200 per year for 3 years, but curiously enough only comes with a 1 year warranty. The tablets are reportedly based on the Asus MeMO 10" tablet, which costs only $300 on the consumer market.
GCS bought the tablets as part of a $30 million PACE pilot program which many hoped would accelerate GCS' middle school students learning abilities and educational opportunities. This was the single largest deployment of Amplify tablets to date, and accounted for the majority of the 20,000 Amplify tablets now in use.
A little over a week ago Amplify had offered to replace all of the tablets, but as of yet there is no info on what exactly the replacements will be. I for one hope that Amplify will offer another company's tablets due to the fact that Amplify's workmanship is demonstrably shoddy.
Amplify went public in March of this year, and at this rate will probably go out of business by March of next year. Good riddance.