Thursday, January 28, 2010

iPad for the eStudent?

Apple have launched their newest piece of technology - the iPad.Is it something that will be a fad or is this product revolutionary? The iPad is a touch screen device that allows you to download applications, read books, listen to music, watch movies, respond to emails and more. iPhone applications you have already downloaded can be synced to your iPad.

It can be held portrait or landscape and there is not 'pointy thing' so you just use your fingers. It is thin and light and I can't wait to get my hands on one.

So, what does this mean for the estudent? You already have a laptop and you already have an iphone - what if it was possible to download all your textbooks? What if the textbooks downloads were a lot cheaper than a physical copy and storage was no problem - no more cluttered bookshelves? Like the kindle, the iPad can download books to read except the iPad, has many more options. Making possible lectures, workshops and travelling a much easier option. The whole idea of studying online is so that you can do it anywhere in the world. Is this iPad a feasible study option for the new-age student?
The availability and cost of the iPad in Australia is not one that is readily known, however in the United States they start at $US500.

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