If you’re a medical student and you’re thinking about getting a smartphone, ask yourself this question: do you love gadgets?
If the answer is "yes," then I’m willing to bet that you’ll probably end up getting a new phone when you start residency. Why? Because smartphone technology changes so quickly and you’ll want to have the latest and greatest when you make that transition into the next part of your career training.
When I was a medical student, smartphones simply didn’t exist. I used my trusty Apple Newton and many students didn’t even have a cell phone (that’s what they were called back then). Then, once I entered residency, I got a serious PDA (personal digital assistant). Once again, smartphones simply didn’t exist. Today, people get new smartphones every 1-2 years. How about you? How often do you get a new smartphone?