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February 9th, 2011


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12:56 am - Progress & a coming unification of pocket technology
In 2002, I got my first PDA, a Sony Clie. Since then, I've had four such devices - two Clie's, a Nokia n810, and a 3rd generation ipod Touch. What I wanted was a device for notes, addresses, pocket-sized ebook reading, media playing, and eventually portable web-browsing. My ipod Touch excels at all of these duties, and the only problem is that the screen is a bit small. I'm read at least two dozen novels on that 3.5" screen, and while it works very well indeed, it's not ideal, both because I'd like a slightly larger screen, and because I also need to carry a phone.

In 2007, I got my first cellphone, a cheap camera phone. I also wanted GPS and a good pocket camera, and so I got a Nokia n82, which was excellent at both, but once I started texting, I was stuck with the vile and deeply unpleasant evils of a t9 keyboard. I now have a Nokia X6, which has excellent GPS, a good camera, and a nice touchscreen. It also works as an ebook reader, notepad, and web-browser, but with sufficiently crappy software and hardware and only a 3.2" screen so, that I can never see any reason to use it for any of these purposes when I have my ipod. I buy unlocked phones because I don't have a phone plan - I use prepaid and approximately $90/year gives me all the voice and text that I need on T-Mobile (that's around 900 minutes or around 400 minutes and 500 texts per year.

What I've long wanted has been a phone that would work for all of this. However, I both cannot afford and have no need for an expensive iphone voice & data plan, and all other phones were either no better than my ipod touch, or were considerably worse for the purposes that I use it for. Having recently seen a friend's Android 2.2 phone, I was very impressed with the software, so I did some looking. The Dell Venue looks absolutely ideal. It's new, with a 4.1" screen, a far faster processor and far more memory than my ipod, an excellent camera, and Android 2.2. It even has a version that works with T-Mobile's data network, should I get enough money to get a cheap data-plan, which is increasingly looking like something I want.

Of course, I'm not considering buying it now, or even soon, since the phone is currently $500. However, when my birthday rolls around in August, I can use the cash my parents give me + the money I get from selling at least one (perhaps both, I'm undecided) of my current gadgets to buy one, especially since it will almost certainly be at least $50 & $100 cheaper then, since there will be even better phones available then. In any case this is definitely a change that I'm looking forward to. I'm especially looking forward to pocket web browsing and ebook reading using a 4.1" screen 480x800 screen - that sounds like a vast improvement over my ipod Touch. I've been wanting such a device for that past 5 years, and now it exists, technological progress is a wonderful thing.
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:February 9th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
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How can you read entire novels on a 3.5" screen without giving yourself a headache from eyestrain?
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From:heron61
Date:February 9th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure. It's far from perfect, but I don't seem to get eyestrain much. It's certainly not as pleasant as reading a normal-sized page, but reading on LCDs doesn't bother me and the small screen is only a minor annoyance.
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From:autopope
Date:February 9th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I have an iPhone 4. The screen is truly impressive -- 960 x 640 pixels -- but it's largely lost on me: presbyopia cut in when I hit 45 and I now need something bigger. However, the latest generation of iPod Touch has the same display unit as the iPhone 4.

If they'd make an iOS device with a 4" or larger screen I would be in there like a shot. Alas, I can see where you're coming from.

NB: here in the UK, you can buy unlocked iPhones from Apple and a micro-SIM from the telco of your choice. There are some cheap deals out there (although the phone itself is not cheap). It's possible that if you wait just a few months unlocked iPhones will be available in the US (once AT&T lose their monopoly vendor status).
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From:andrewducker
Date:February 9th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
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I can happily recommend such things as the HTC Desire, which is an awesome piece of kit. Not seen the Dell one myself.

Android does seem to be the wave of the future.

I still prefer an e-ink screen for reading though.

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