Luis Ramirez has a well-written comparison of the OLPC XO versus the Classmate PC. He’s writing from Chile, and describing how both models could play a role there. He also has some surprising price comparisons, and relative strong first-hand account of the robustness of the Classmate PC.
In related news, the Financial Times recently published an interview with Michael Wang, the president of Quanta (the manufacturer of the OLPC OX), and he said that they will produce and market a version of the OLPC for developed countries and sell it for around $200 per unit. This might occur as early as this year, and I assume we wouldn’t have to buy one million units at a time.
Perhaps neither of these units would be appropriate for use in our school, but I think the competition element is healthy and interested. Some say the student-centered software of the OLPC is its most revolutionary feature, and I need to investigate that further.
UPDATE: According to Engadget, the OLPC operating system is now available for download and trial testing.
SECOND UPDATE: CNet has a photo gallery of Nigerian students receiving their OLPCs for the first time.