To iPod or Not to iPod? (And what about handhelds? And phones?)

To iPod or Not to iPod? (Via edTech Classroom.) Here is another iPod in Education post (and Brian’s been posting some good content over at edTech Classroom lately, so the link is worth it). There is a comparison chart between iPods and “handhelds” that neatly summarizes my thoughts on the topic. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately as I consider what equipment I’ll need post-OCDE. I wound up getting an iPod (I’ve been spoiled), but, sadly, it is no replacement for a handheld. I may combine my handheld and phone with something like a Treo 700p, but this is expensive, espcially with the data service, and especially if I don’t switch carriers. (I’d have to buy an unlocked GSM version for T-Mobile for hundreds of dollars more.) Alternatively, I’ll keep my simple phone and get something like a Tungsten TX, but I would really miss the web and email after using the blackberry for so long now. I haven’t sorted this one out yet… and I’m open to suggestions.

One Response to “To iPod or Not to iPod? (And what about handhelds? And phones?)”

  1. Brian Says:

    Mark, thanks for the kind words about edTech Classroom. That blog has evolved into a feedback mechanism for our professional development classes, but because of your post about “To iPod or Not to iPod” I have reposted that on my new blog… http://www.mobilemind-ed.com. On another note, I recently acquired a Palm Treo 700w to work with and I love it! Unfortunately, I’ll most likely have to return it and go back to pocketfuls of technololgy as it is only a demo. As you mentioned it is the data service that we educators run into. I did get a month of limited data usage, but am regreting this decision as you only get 10 MB per month! Yikes! What am I going to do with that? I think I get 10 MB of email a day. The real bummer is that the Treo 700w is not WiFi unless you purchase the wireless SD card. I have been spoiled with my wireless Dell Axim X30. Anyway, thanks for the link and I hope to read more of your stuff very soon!