Let me preface this by saying that I know people before me had much less technology than I did, but I am just looking at what I had vs what kids have today.
I am a college freshman with a Windows XP desktop computer that I custom built. I have a 17” CRT monitor, 512 MB RAM, and and 80 GB hard drive. I also buy a flash drive to do back ups. It holds 128 MB and cost me near $100 to buy. I take all my notes on ‘paper’.
If I was a college student today, here is what I would be using (assuming I had a decent amount of money/support from my parents:
MacBook Air running OS X Lion. I would use these apps: Simplenote, Dropbox (for storing papers, shared folder for projects), Word 2011, and Crashplan for cloud based backups (along with a local Time Machine drive).
The New iPad running iOS 5.1.1. I would use these apps: Simplenote, Dropbox, Pages
iPhone 4s running iOS 5.1.1. I would use these apps: Simplenote and Dropbox
I am sure that technology will continue to evolve, but today seems like a great time to be a student when it comes to the available technology.