Now? I'm Mobile Man. If the device can't transmit, I don't want it. Dead weight. Why would I want a camera that can't instantly send edited images to wherever? Or a PC I can't just put in my shirt pocket?
I gave away my laptop over a year ago to my uni-engaged daughter. My main computer, camera (still & video), stereo (nice old word), comms device of all types (email, txt, FB, Twitter, phone), is my (multi-tasking, access any data anywhere, any time) Android smart phone.
The last bastions of PC required-ness are the touch-type keyboard for lots of words in a short space of time; playing big games on a big screen; and video editing....and even then it's a close-run thing on all counts.
The SlideIt "swipe" soft keyboard I got from the Android Market for lunch money allows me to quickly type a lot of words very accurately by just swiping my finger around the screen. I'm writing longer and longer things this way.
My phone has an HDMI out port, so if I had an HDMI TV ( I don't - my bad), I could already be playing phone games on a huge screen.
For video editing. "Vid-trim Pro" lets me do basic selection of the chunks of video I want. Usually thats all I need anyway. The PC still does the heavy lifting.
But on all counts....I can see the day very soon when a large screen phone or phone / tablet / netbook device will do it all.
When I get my hands on one of those, I'll be Liberated Super Mobile Man. If you get on that bus first, save me a seat. I won't be long.
My ambition now is to travel overseas with what I'm standing up in, a spare shirt / undies / socks, my wallet, passport and....phone. Light as a feather. Won't even need carry-on.
Comment by kiwitrc, on 19-Jun-2011 07:39
I think Slideit has used naughties instead of nineties, could have been worse though, nighties :)
Interesting read as I am just about head overseas for 5 weeks business/holiday and have decided that I am leaving my laptop at home and taking my SGS2 and newly aquired Asus eee Transformer (which is impressing the hell out of me). I could probably get away with just the SGS2 but small steps... Also my wife is coming and likes to read so the Asus with a few downloaded books can be her library.
I have downloaded all my music to the phone (48G memory) plus with OTG I have cheap USB memory for as much other stuff as I can use. I realise I can stream music if need be but the phone will also be used in the rental car while we trip around the south of France.
Worst case if need be I can get my work desktop turned on and use the phone or tablet to access it with Pocketcloud, but I don't think that will be necessary.
Really feels like a Geek version of Man vs Wild :)
Comment by kiwitrc, on 22-Jun-2011 13:59
Yeah I wondered about that but I was using a god awful Toshiba laptop in the nineties and thought you must have been then as well.
Yeah I might do that (Blog), I have been using the ASUS at home for the past week, the keyboard arrived yesterday and really transforms it (realised its a pun after typing that). I have sorted out what data sim I need in France, got a Vodafone 3g to wireless mobile wifi and looking pretty good to go.
Just need to figure out how to get the Android VPN to work back into the office.