Student Mobile Digital Toolkit

September 9th, 2010

With so many useful gadgets available to us, it can be difficult to determine which give us the best value. In this post we will look at the general types of items that are useful for a student on the move, along with some specific recommendations. As always, we would love to hear how you are making the most of your own digital toolkit, so be sure to drop us a comment about your experiences. Smart Phone smart phones Student Mobile Digital Toolkit Whether you choose an iPhone, an Android-powered phone or a Blackberry, you will have a pocket-sized computer at your disposal with literally thousands of ways to improve your productivity. Following are some resources to help you get the most out of your smart phone as a student: iPhone Android BlackBerry Oh, and you can also make phone calls :) Portable Computer netbook Student Mobile Digital Toolkit Image Credit Unless you want to do all of your work in the library or computer lab, you must have a portable computer. That's all fine and dandy, but the bigger question is what type of computer should you get. We suggest that you first think through the following questions:
  • What type of activities will you use the computer for?
  • How important is the size and weight of the computer?
  • Will you use the computer under ‘hazardous conditions'?
  • Will you need to go long hours without a power source?
  • Will most of your work be done indoors or outdoors?
  • What programs will you need to run?
  • What file formats will you need to work with most?
A little preparation will go a long way towards making the right choice. The next step is to talk to someone who is knowledgeable; perhaps the person that staffs your school's computer store or computer lab. If your school does not have a computer store, try the local computer dealer or a big retailer such as Best Buy. Take the time to actually try out the computer that you will potentially buy. After all, you will be spending many hours in front of it. Here is a good online guide to get you started. Once you have a good idea of what you need in terms of the technical specifications, you can turn to the Internet to help you find a good deal using sites such as SlickDeals.net. As a minimum check out the prices at Amazon.com and CNET.com so that you have a baseline idea of what the price point should be. Battery Power gearpower Student Mobile Digital Toolkit It is a given that you will likely need to battle for power outlets, since these days everyone is looking to charge something. For each of your devices, keep a few spare batteries in your backpack. For items such as the iPhone where you cannot change the battery, use an external charger such as our GearPower – Portable Battery for Mobile Devices. Backpack jetpack Student Mobile Digital Toolkit Image Credit This is the piece of gear that may be most important! After all, you want to keep all of that precious gear safe. Similar to making your portable computer choice, there are some questions to think through before you make your selection:
  • What will I need to carry in my backpack? About how much does that weigh?
  • How important is style vs. function to you?
  • If you will carry a computer in your backpack, what are the computer's dimensions?
  • Do you prefer to roll your backpack or wear it?
Now that you've spent some time thinking through what you need, check out these resources to help you finalize your decision: What's in your student mobile digital toolkit? What's the one device that you could not survive without? Please take some time and share your thoughts here on the blog, on Twitter or Facebook. And don't forget to take a look at our Back to School Checklist.



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