A mobile device—also known as a hand-held device, handheld computer, ultrasmall laptop, tablet, palmtop, or simply a handheld—is a small, very mobile computing device.
These units typically have a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard. In the case of the personal digital assistant (PDA), the input and output are combined into a touchscreen interface. Smartphones (cell phones with many additional features), tablets, PDAs, and other small electronics are designed to provide the assistance and convenience of a conventional computer when carrying one wouldn’t be practical.
Enterprise digital assistants (such as those used by UPS delivery drivers and others) can offer additional functions with integrated data-capture devices, including bar codes, radio-frequency identification (RFID), and Smart Card readers.
Many mobile devices have features that make them especially useful tools for educators, teachers, administrators, students, and others. This article will take a brief look at some examples of ultramobile PCs, handhelds, probeware, portable gaming devices, and digital media players that could be useful in an education setting.
Please keep in mind that this information is intended to be a starting point in a journey to explore this exciting portable world. It is not a complete survey of this area of technology.
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