Using your Smartphone as a Computer

Post date: May 22, 2017 5:47:52 AM

In the dark ages, when I had a Moto Q, I was disappointed with my phone's ability to do much of anything, and I thought that I would use a terminal thing to turn into a laptop. I found a Celio Redfly C7 at a discount on Amazon just after Christmas that year (like 2007, I think?) and while my Moto Q did some things on the net, I found using the Redfly to be eye-gougingly slow.

You see, the phone was powerful enough to run a single app on a tiny screen with a tiny keyboard. Throwing in a QWERTY keyboard into the mix that I could actually type on had this psychological effect. It looked like a laptop, so I expected it to act like one, and it did not. It didn't multitask, at all, and downloading and viewing web pages was worse than dial up speed because the Q didn't do WiFi.

The Superbook is a similar device to the Redfly, at a similar price point, but smartphones have come a loooooong way since the Moto Q. With that said, I am quite leery of the smartphone-as-a-laptop device precisely because of that psychological phenomenon.

I have also messed around a bit with using a tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard and I have found that the whole touch screen thing to be kind of distracting. My big gaming laptop has a touch screen, and except for scrolling webpages when a site refuses to let me scroll down with the down arrow on the keyboard, I don't really use it for much.

I do recognize, however, that I am probably not the target user for such a device. If you are a young person who uses their phone for everything, or a person that has to travel very light, being able to touch type on your phone is certainly a major productivity boost.