I’m flying a coach seat on the direct flight to a new platform, Phablet computing.
“Im a big believer in the old infantry maxim of “never run when you can walk, never sit when you can lay down and always keep the load you have to hump to the lightest weight you need to carry out a mission.”
I booked my seat on the phablet flight about two months ago when I realized my book bag with its ultrabook, battery chargers, and cell phone weighed about 10 pounds. While at the conference, I noticed other writer/reporters using tablets with bluetooth keyboards.
The only bad thing about the experience at the conference was a spotty WiFi network, and its inconsistent speed and spotty connectivity made using Google’s cloud applications problematic.
I made up my mind on the spot that I wanted to try using a tablet for basic functions.
But, I wanted to use my tablet for phone calls.as well as simple notetaking and updating my acccounts on social media sites.
My first phablet is a Samsung galaxy 3, and I love its battery life and all around utility.I use it for texting, much of my email and have installed Google Hangouts as well as Skype for voice communications. It doesn’t live in my shirt pocket, but it’s ringtones are loud enough if I'm carrying it in my jacket pocket.
It's the utility of phablets that makes me a believer. And it's Google’s cloud-base applications that make the new platform a viable option in my life. I can see this is going to be a long technological love affair , although when my current cell carrier contract expires I’ll go with a provider that offers unlimited data, voice and texts for a fixed monthly rate of less than $70 a month.
I’d like to stay with Samsung hardware, because My experience is that their handsets and tablets are affordable, Panzer tough and not the least bit temperamental.
I’ve looked at other phablet platforms including an unlocked Nexus 5 but for now i’m happily married to Samsung.
I still have my old cell phone and my phablet is married to that phone plan.
The one downside I've experienced is not watchingm y data usage on my phablet.
i’m not ashamed to admit I’m thrifty and the idea of an excess data charge forcing me to dig deeper to pay my cell bill is an issue. As a sidenote, the one application I wish for is a graphic display of my data usage overlaid on my monthly plan limit.
The accoutrements associated with my experiment were on hand here in my office: a bluetooth speaker microphone that has the volume needed to overcome my service-with-USMC-artillery deafness, and a bluetooth keyboard I've had for a year.
Battery life on my first phablet and bluetooth accessories has never been an issue.I use them for days without worrying about running out of power.
I am a creature of habit. I prefer to write long form compositions on my beloved Acer S7 ultrabook and I don’t consider its three pound travel weight onerous.
Overall,I’m impressed and excited about my introduction to phablet computing.I can see pretty clearly that my aging eyes could force me to adopt a platform with a larger, high resolution, screen, but for now the new device is a tongue and groove fit for a highly mobile device that I use when I’m on the go and need to quickly take notes or update social media sites.
Seat Backs to the original up and locked position, the first leg of my phablet flight is about to land.--jim Forbes on 2/26/2014.