A decade ago, the most convincing excuse to get a parent to buy you a computer was, “It’ll help with my studies.” With PCs and laptops no longer needing academic justification, it’s the newer form factors such as tablet PCs and ultra-mobile computers that need the “study better” angle (a tip for Apple, when the iPad lands in India). Case in point: the iProf.
Study area: The iProf.
The recently launched iProf is a 7-inch touch screen, Android-powered tablet, promoted as a “study tool” for Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) aspirants. This customized Archos tablet (Archos SA is a French firm that manufactures a line of tablet computers) has an estimated battery life of 5 hours for video playback, 35 hours on standby.
It comes bundled with lessons, exercises and videos for IIT-Joint Entrance Exam and All India Engineering Entrance Exam syllabi, and hopes to introduce material for other exams such as CAT, GMAT and GRE soon. Content is updated by paying a visit to an iProf Study Zone. There are 20 such “e-learning” centres across the country.
But the touch screens seem iffy, performance is sluggish (but that could be solved by software updates) and, at Rs14,900, it is also pricey. Coaching centres needn’t worry yet.