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OLD GADGET NEW TRICKs The mobile is evolving into a new multi-faceted object.
OLD GADGET NEW TRICKs The mobile is evolving into a new multi-faceted object.

Youngsters are finding nifty ways to use their gizmos

Try and ask a youngster about the one thing that is an indispensable part of his or her life. And in all probability, you will get `mobile phone' for an answer. For a majority their day begins and ends with a call or an SMS. But these days it is not just about having a phone, but what kind of phone. The youngsters don't want to settle for a phone that just performs the basic functions. With new higher-end versions hitting the market, students want to make the best use of the available technological innovations, the huge price tag notwithstanding.Nishant Kumar, 19, third year B Com student, loves flaunting his Sony Ericsson 910i, which he bought for Rs. 24,000 couple of months back. "You can call this a smart phone. It really does a lot of work for me. I store my daily schedules, timetable, exam schedule or even my project submission date on it. As for the entertainment value, it supports MP3 and MP4 format and with memory about 2 GB I can watch a full-fledged movie. The next upgraded version will even have wireless-fidelity (wi-fi)." To explain how his mobile phone has become indispensable, he cites an example of how for a presentation he emailed the PowerPoint document and opened it on his phone while delivering the presentation. Sandeep Poluseni, who's doing his production engineering, carries a Nokia 9300 communicator that cost him Rs. 21,000. "I can create documents in it. Its wide screen and QWERT keyboard is really comfortable. With GPRS, I can use my laptop to connect to Internet through the phone. But I will very soon upgrade to N93," he says. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is another gizmo that's catching the fancy of the students. Vijay Rakesh, a second-year mechanical engineering student, is a proud owner of O2, a PDA. "My dad gifted this to me a year back. You can call this a mini-computer. This one has Internet Explorer, camera and allows for both video and audio recording and has the regular features of a phone. And its expandable memory means I keep adding more to it." C. Sreedevi, a first year M.A., student is glad that she can keep track of friends' birthdays on her PDA, which she bought for Rs. 31,000. "It not only reminds me on the day, but also shows the number so that I can call them then and there." She uses the net access to clear her doubts during exams time. Though there are many, who haven't activated their GPRS because of the cost factor, technologies like Infrared and Bluetooth have become a part and parcel of their routine. "Right from sending ringtones to photos or clipart, I prefer to switch on my bluetooth. It's a lot easier way of transferring data and costs nothing. Yes, it consumes a lot of battery, but that fine. And just to avoid attracting unnecessary viruses, I switch it on only when needed," explains Parul Malhotra, B. Sc final year student, who owns a Nokia 3250. MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY

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