I have always been intrigued by the Nokia N series as a potential platform for mobile learning. So much so that I had in fact placed an order for the N800 on Friday.
Of course on Friday, Nokia announce the new Nokia N810, luckily for me the order hadn’t been processed so I was able to change it to the N810.
The N810 is as you might guess is an improvement on the older N800. Key improvements are a full QWERTY keyboard, a faster processor and GPS.
For me this makes the N810 a real device for mobile learning. For connectivity you either use a wifi connection or a bluetooth connection to your phone, so mobile browsing is possible, especially if you have a 3G phone. You can also play movie, audio and look at photos.
Is it an iPod touch, no, but the phone connectivity does give it an advantage over Apples’ innovative iPod.
You can read the press release and see some nice photos.
Thanks to Handheld Learning Forum.
The Playstation Portable (PSP) is as you may guess from the name usually used for playing games. However it has other tricks up its sleeve including so I read the possibility of GPS.
The PSP as well as playing games can play audio, show pictures and play video. It also has wireless capability and a somewhat simplistic but usable browser.
I have seen the PSP camera which allows you to take video and photographs, but was interested to read about the GPS capability.
The ability to use GPS on your PSP opens up a range of learning scenarios involving maps, GPS and images.
Despite not having a stylus input and text entry is not easy, I still feel that the PSP has real potential as a device for mobile learning. There is nothing to stop a learner using other tools such as pen and paper in conjunction with a PSP as part of their learning activity.