A couple of months ago we carried out a survey of what mobile devices our students had, and what they used them for. Analysis still being done, but there were some interesting results. Some not surprising - 99.96% of students have a mobile, 92% have a laptop. 14% have an iPod touch, 10% a netbook, 7% a tablet or eReader.
In terms of phones, 56% have a smartphone (UK average is 35%), and of the ones who don't 25% were thinking of upgrading to one in the next year. The main makes are iPhone (30%), Blackberry (25%) and Android (23%). There's an interesting gender differene in ownership:
Laptops are mainly Windows (85%) and Mac (13%), with some Linux and dual boots making up the rest - mainly in the Faculty of Engineering. No women own Linux machines. :-)
Significant numbers of students said they didn't bring their laptops onto campus, the main reasons being the weight and bulkiness, and issues connecting to the wireless network. There was also a wireless issue with smartphones, with only 51% connecting them. Awareness seemed high, but the actual connection was an issue which is obviously something we need to look into. And, more women have trouble connecting than men. Is it because they find it harder, or is it because they've all gone out and bought Blackberrys?
The other gender difference was in confidence - men said they were more confident in using their equipment than women. Are they? Or do they just say so?
All interesting stuff, and I'm sure will spark some good debate.