Will students replace notebooks for handhelds?

Summary:Guest post: Imran Hussain is a blogger at startupmeme.com, and has a keen interest in technology and its effects on the lives of students.

Guest post: Imran Hussain is a blogger at startupmeme.com, and has a keen interest in technology and its effects on the lives of students.

Apple demonstrated some applications aimed at medical students at this year's WWDC. First was Modality, software for medical science students by a company called Epocrates. Students can use the software to view body parts, Some applications were demonstrated at this year's WWDC, aimed at medical students. First was Modality, a company which creates software for medical science students, whereas MIMvista, another medical company, that has also come up with an application which allows medical students to read CT and PET scans.

Aside from that, there are many applications that allow you to take notes. Now you can even listen to lectures on your iPhone, when compared to a notebook, can last 24 hours on audio. You can also have your files automatically synched no matter wherever you may be using Apple MobileMe or Funambol for free. Google Docs Mobile is already available on the iPhone, although, without the editing functionality - which shouldn't be far away. You also have Microsoft Office Mobile suite on your Windows Mobile device, so editing can also be done at a simpler level.

If a handheld device provides you such a complete package of functionality all around, what use is there of a netbook, or even a notebook, if your requirements are fulfilled by a powerful device such as the iPhone or even a HTC, for that matter? One of the benefits I see here of handhelds over the portable notebooks, is the considerably long battery life, and the most obvious one, the weight.

In my university, I am noticing the transition from notebooks to handhelds by students who don't need to develop applications or create presentations. The benefits of handhelds are increasing significantly at a fast pace, and I won't be surprised to see the next generation of handhelds competing stronger than ever with our trusty notebooks.

As a student, do you see handhelds replacing notebooks for your basic needs any time soon?

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility


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