For those who don’t know me (but then, why should you be here in the first place?) I am a gadget nut. I got an iPad as soon as it was available, followed by several others, but with every new iteration, I grew more and more uneasy at how difficult it was to pinpoint at least ONE use case where a tablet (be it iOS or Android) would be the unique solution.
To this date, three years of intensive use and four devices later, I have yet to find one.
Just about everything I can do with a tablet, I can also do with a smartphone, with more battery life and way more portability. A phone will fit in my pocket and, despite all my gadget love, taking a tablet along when I leave home it’s still a very conscious decision. I need a special bag, whose use I have been trying to disguise as a man purse. The only plus is a larger screen which of course is much more pleasant to the eye.
And as far as replacing a computer in daily use, I am sorry, but those who say so don’t know how to use a computer; keyboard is frustrating after 30 seconds of typing, lack of access to the file system is unnerving to say the least, extreme difficulty in connecting peripherals even to do simple things like printing something or connecting a USB device drives me crazy.
At the end of the day, I find myself using my iPad to read books, but as an ebook reader any Kindle can run circles around it in battery life, screen readability and weight. This means in the fall my iPad goes to my daughter so that I can claw back my very old (but extremely capable) Kindle.
Since this discussion is born out of a Twitter exchange with other people, I stated I would describe the gadget I’d be ready to consider as a trade-up. Let’s start with the two devices in the pictures.
- the projector has a laser focus-less system.
- The virtual keyboard is encased into the projector body, and powered by its battery.
- Add a high speed wireless connection to any phone, AirPlay-style.
- Add a set of retractable legs in a recess of the device.
All of this technology exists, but hasn’t (yet) been put together in a neat, usable package like *cough!* Apple would do.
When it will, we will have something which we can call Enhanced Extremities and for which I’d be willing to pay upwards of €500.
When your phone screen and diminutive keyboard are enough (texting, email reading and browsing) the EnEx stays in my second breast pocket or in my trousers. Conversely, when I need a bigger screen or a more efficient keyboard, it’s the phone which stays in my pocket and I only use the EnEx to see/show better and using a keyboard where at least my thumbs do not argue with each other.
Where is the Kickstarter subscription?