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Recently I asked you to tell us what you carry in your gadget bag every day and I’d like to thank everyone who responded.  It is always interesting for me to see what other people consider part of their vital mobile arsenal and the answers you […]

Jk_icon_small_4Recently I asked you to tell us what you carry in your gadget bag every day and I’d like to thank everyone who responded.  It is always interesting for me to see what other people consider part of their vital mobile arsenal and the answers you gave were very enlightening.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to see that a little audio player called the iPod was part of nearly every respondents kit, especially the iPod video.

Now I’d like to find out some other information from you.  You can answer as detailed or as briefly as you like to the following questions:

  1. What device and software do you use to read eBooks?
  2. If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with?
  3. What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance?
  4. Do you use any form of 3G connectivity (EDGE, EVDO, HSDPA, etc.) with your main mobile device?  If so, which one? (OK, that’s really two questions)
  5. Do you carry a power adapter for your main mobile device every day?
  6. Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase?
  7. Do you have a mount installed in your car for a mobile device? (serious geek indicator)
  8. Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use?
  9. Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio?
  10. If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them?
  11. Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone?

It will be very useful to see how everyone answers these questions and I think we can all take something away from this.  I am going to start off by putting my answers in the comments shortly and maybe we can persuade Kevin to answer them too.

-jk

By James Kendrick

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  1. 1) Audiobooks – Still read dead trees. You can drop them in the pool and they still function.
    2) Thing I would swap – My Audiovox Smartphone SMT5600 for a new Cingular 2125
    3) Most important – battery life
    4) Connectivity – EVDO (Verizon) with my Dell Inspiron 700m laptop
    5) Power Adapter – Don’t normally carry one. I have one at home, one at work and one in the car. I don’t usually need one in my bag.
    6) Device you intend to purchase? – Samsung Q1. Actually, I won one in the Origami Project contest and I’m waiting for it to arrive. However, it still would have been on my list to buy as soon it dropped below a grand.
    7) Car Mount – Yep, car mount for my Smartphone, adapter to play smartphone music through tape deck. Want Bluetooth car stereo too!
    8) GPS – No GPS
    9) News – Most Online, occasional Newspaper, once in while TV
    10) Podcasts – Yes. I listen to them on my Smartphone (1 gig mini-SD card and WMV conversion works wonders)
    11) Podcasts on cell phone? – Exclusively

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  2. Mark, congrats on winning the Q1! You will love that UMPC. :) Let us now when you get it and what you think of it.

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  3. 1. I read eBooks exclusively and use eReader Pro from Motricity. I read them on the Treo 700w, my HP tc1100 Tablet PC, and the Sony U71. I love eReader.
    2. I would swap the Sony U71 for a Sony UX Micro PC, of course. :)
    3. I would say this is a toss up. I usually prefer performance because I can always get extra batteries and carry them with me. I have a second battery for every device I use except the Treo since its battery lasts all day.
    4. EVDO using a Verizon PC Card on the Tablet and the Treo as an EVDO modem on the Sony U71 since it lacks a PC Card slot.
    5. Never. I carry an extra battery instead.
    6. It’s a toss up between the Samsung Q1 and the Sony UX.
    7. Nope, no mount. I’m no geek. :)
    8. I had a car with integrated GPS and I really miss it as my current car has none. I am seriously looking at the Copilot Bluetooth GPS solution for the Treo. Of course then I’d have to get a mount. :)
    9. Mostly online, except local news which I get on TV.
    10. Mostly my Tablet at home, but occasionally on the Sony U while mobile.
    11. No.

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  4. 1. What device and software do you use to read eBooks? NONE

    2. If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with? NONE I AM LUCKY TO GET TO PLAY WITH ALL THE FUN GADGETS

    3. What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance? BATTERY

    4. Do you use any form of 3G connectivity (EDGE, EVDO, HSDPA, etc.) with your main mobile device? If so, which one? (OK, that’s really two questions) EVDO, EDGE

    5. Do you carry a power adapter for your main mobile device every day? IGO

    6. Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase? Motorola Q

    7. Do you have a mount installed in your car for a mobile device? (serious geek indicator) YES

    8. Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use? TOM TOM
    9. Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio? ONLINE

    10. If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them? YES. IPOD

    11. Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone? SOMETIMES

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  5. 1. eBooks: Little that I want to read is available in this format (I don’t read much mainstream stuff)–vexing because I’d actually rather read off screen than paper.
    2. I’d swap my Axim X50v for a UMPC, once they get past the first-gen issues with UMPCs. The Axim’s a lovely little thing, but–emphasis on “little.” The screen is just too small for me.
    3. If by “performance” you mean POWAH! SPEED!, then battery life for sure.
    4. 3G connectivity: nope.
    5. I only carry a power adaptor when travelling, or when I’m sentencing myself + laptop to a few hours away from my desk in a WiFi-free environment to get some writing done.
    6. Device I intend to purchase would be a replacement/upgrade for my beloved old Acer c110 tablet PC, but I’ll wait a while and see if anything’s released that meets all my criteria (under 4 lbs., near-silent running, low heat emission, long battery life, excellent viewing angle/outdoor visibility, convertible, less than $2000). I could be waiting a while, of course.
    7. Car mount: nope. But then I seldom drive a car, being a bus/bike/foot person.
    8. GPS: nope. (See above.)
    9. News sources: about 80% online, 20% radio (NPR).
    10. Podcasts: I don’t actually listen to these, for the same reasons I don’t listen to audiobooks–it’s too slow a content-delivery system for me, the material presented in a 30-minute podcast I could skim/absorb in a few minutes if it were in print. When I’ve got the time to listen to something, I’d rather use it for music. (Also, I’m very picky about voices, delivery, etc.)
    11. n/a.

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  6. 1. It’s been awhile, but Microsoft’s Reader.
    2. My work-issued laptop and/or my personal laptop for any lighter model with nicer exterior.
    3. Battery Life.
    4. Sprint EVDO card. Any laptop with PCMCIA.
    5. Yes – cheap insurance.
    6. Possibly the new MacBook though it weighs too much (5.2lbs) for a 13″ screen. Waiting to see if Dynamism stocks import Sharp ultraportables again (the only brand under $2k).
    7. No mount, other than my XM receiver cup holder.
    8. No mobile computing devices with GPS. Though I have the Garmin Forerunner 250 for jogging and the StreetPilot i2 for my (or a rental) car.
    9. Online.
    10. I have an iPod shuffle which I listen to Podcasts on while walking the stairs of my 17 story apartment building for exercise.
    11. No.

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  7. 1. Love the Tablet PC for e-books. Perfect form factor in my opinion.
    2. My regular old cellphone for a more complete mobile solution.
    3. My first priority is performance. I can always get batteries. That said, if a device can’t run 2.5 to 3 hours, it is worthless to me.
    4. Not yet in my neck of the boonies.
    5. No. Extra battery yes.
    6. Really up in the air on this. I’ll be purchasing a more mobile phone solution soon, but also have several other priorities. Recent news and revelations still have me in a wait and see mode.
    7. No.
    8. No. It’s too much fun to argue with the wife over directions.
    9. 95% online. I read two local papers that have no online presence.
    10.60% on the iPod, 40% on my Tablet PC.
    11.Not yet.

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  8. 1. I rarely read ebooks; when I do I use my HTC Magician (MDA Compact) pda/phone with the ebook reader software from Microsoft.
    2. I would replace the aging HTC Magician with the new HTC Prophet.
    3. Battery is clearly most important for me. If I need performance, I use a compute cluster with 100+ Opterons ;-)
    4. I don’t use 3G.
    5. Yes, I always carry the power brick for my 15″ Apple PowerBook.
    6. Well, that would be the HTC Prophet mentioned above.
    7. No car, no mount …
    8. And no GPS.
    9. I get all my news online.
    10. I listen either on my PowerBook or on the HTC Magician.
    11. Yes.

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  9. John in Norway Saturday, May 20, 2006

    1) Audiobooks – Jornada 720 or imate Jasjar (must be in text or Word format). You can drop the Jasjar in water and it still functions (after taking it apart and drying it out!)
    2) Thing I would swap – My small axe for a pickaxe (easier for breaking ice in the winter)
    3) Most important – battery life
    4) Connectivity – Just a normal mobile connection for emergencies
    5) Power Adapter – Don’t carry one. I’m never away from the mains long enough.
    6) Device you intend to purchase? – A small tablet-like device – must have view anywhere and active screen. And be available in Norway. (I know I’m dreaming)
    7) Car Mount – When you can walk everywhere?
    8) GPS – No GPS
    9) News – Most Online, once in awhile TV (BBC obviously)
    10) Podcasts – Yes. I listen to them on my Jasjar.
    11) Podcasts on cell phone? – Jasjar!

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