Education (and Distraction) in the Palm of Your Hands

I’m love my iPhone 3G. There I said it. It’s the best phone/PDA gadget I’ve ever owned. I don’t say that lightly. I’m one of the early adopters of Handspring and Compa iPAQ PDAs. Remember those? Don’t bother. I’ve given up on PDAs a few years ago. I promised myself to just wait for a smartphone that would rule them all. I even took a pass on the first generation iPhone. But I just couldn’t resist iPhone 3G. It’s the smartphone made (almost) perfect (wheretf is copy-paste, Apple?!).

However, depending on how you use it, the iPhone could either be a blessing or a curse. At worst, it’s a black hole sucking away your precious time, distracting you from accomplishing anything. At best, it’s an ideal productivity tool, extending your memory by giving you access to the web (almost) anywhere you go. With the launch of the App Store, the iPhone is now only limited by the imagination of application and content developers.

But there’s another area where the iPhone outshines all other smartphones out there: education.

Case in point: There’s iTunes U for the forever curious.

“iTunes U is a part of the iTunes Store featuring free lectures,
language lessons, audiobooks, and more, that you can enjoy on your
iPod, iPhone, Mac or PC. Explore over 50,000 educational audio and
video files from top universities, museums and public media
organizations from around the world. With iTunes U, there’s no end to
what or where you can learn.”

I’m currently downloading video lectures for later syncing. In the meantime, I’m playing Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D. Try that with your Blackberry! Hah! 🙂