The new iPad Mini looks like a perfect device for use in medical education. Designed to compete with the Amazon Kindle (and Kindle Fire) in the lucrative eBook market, this device is bound to be a hit with medical students. The price point (from £269) means that it really is in the grasp of most students and could even be something medicals schools could look at issuing.
Although the obvious advantage of this device is that it’s a better format for reading eBooks, it is probably also a better device for carrying around the wards. The iPad, although a big improvement over laptops, is still quite large and could get heavy by the end of a long night-shift. The medical apps designed for the iPad 2 will all work fine on this devices as it’s the same resolution screen.
If you are a medical student, are you thinking of getting one? Or do you think your medical school should issue one for you?