I have to agree with you.
We now have the choice of a desktop
, a laptop
, a tablet, an ebook reader and a smartphone a chartplotter
and a GPS
- 7 different machines, which is at least 5 too many. There has to be a convergence of some of them. You might even want to throw in entertainment such as video, music
, games and camera
I think the desktop
is already on its way to join the dinosaurs. It might survive in a few specialist environments.
As a traveller and a writer a simple Tablet just does not have enough grunt. I need a full keyboard and high capacity HDD that gives me access to my files where ever I am no matter how remote
. As for a kindle or ebook reader why bother, there are plenty of emulators around. We need a fusion of these ... say a "Laplet" - there are some already emerging.
I find the Galaxy Note, so called phablet. (I prefer to call it a phonelet) a great compromise. Sure, its a big phone
but it still fits quite comfortably into your hand, it is very lightweight (most important) and fits into a shirt pocket. The 5 inch screen
is very readable and I love the S-pen. It is very easy to use with navigation
around the screens and keying input. Handwriting recognition has come a long way since the early iPAQs and Newtons (anyone remember them). The alternate SWYPE keyboard for input is also very accurate and speedy.
My phonelet gives me access to mobile broadband
data connections and I can tether it to the laptop
The range of apps is excellent. I run Navionics charts
on it when I am out on the boat. I find I use it more than the dedicated chartplotter
because it is always in my pocket when I need it. (I think dedicated chartplotters are an endangered species too).
Its also a pretty good point and shoot video and still camera
One downside, the voice recognition software
is getting better but not there yet.
I have settled on having only two appliances
in my backpack. My ultrabook laptop for grunt and my Galaxy Note for convenience. I dont need anything else.