Mobile Device Overview
It is important to choose a mobile device that will support your level of use. The Mobile Device Comparison provides a quick overview of device-specific connectivity to University services that is either supported or unsupported by Northwestern Information Technology (IT).
The Mobile Computer Comparison summarizes major points of comparison and Northwestern IT user recommendations for various mobile devices to aid users in making an informed purchasing decision.
Due to the nature of the rapid evolution of mobile technology, not all mobile devices and corresponding connectivity may be listed.
Mobile Device Comparison
|BlackBerry||iPhone/iPod touch||Palm OS 5.0 (Treo/Centro)||Windows Mobile 5/6||Android (Google OS)|
|Centrally Hosted E-mail (@northwestern.edu)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Northwestern Mobile||Yes (Download)||Yes (Download)||Yes (Download)||Yes (Download)||Yes (Download)|
|Virtual Private Network (VPN)||No||Yes||No||Yes (L2TP)||No|
Mobile Computer Comparison
|Notebook PC||Tablet PC||Netbook|
|Recommended for||Faculty, Staff, and Students||Faculty, Students, and those that want to take notes by hand||Students and users who primarily use web based services|
|Storage Capacity||80-200 GB||80-200 GB||10-80 GB|
|Input||QWERTY Keyboard||Stylus and/or Keyboard||smaller QWERTY Keyboard|
|Typical OS||Windows XP/Vista/7||Windows XP/Vista/7||Ubuntu Linux, Windows 7|
|Weight||3-10 LBS||3-5 LBS||1-3 LBS|
Last Updated: 30 March 2017Get Help Back to top