More reader tech info requested

21 Comments

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

21 Comments

nix

1. I read some ebooks on my tablet M400. I use Adobe Acrobat and MS Reader.
2. I will be looking out for an updated PDA sometime soon. I currently use an iPAQ 6365 might go for an updated PDA or for a Smartphone. I like the Windows Mobile interface and features.
3. It’s a toss up. I use a slice battery and tune up the M400 to get a whole day out of that. On the PDA I use a high powered battery to get more life.
4. Currently I use the local, slow GPRS service on the iPAQ or on the tablet via bluetooth. Apparently HSDPA is being released here in the next couple of weeks and so I’m awaiting that high-speed goodness.
5. Not every day …
6. Not sure. The cellphone / PDA is the next bit of kit.
7. Home made rack and power adapters.
8. I have an ancient old handheld GPS.
9. I get my news via the media that is available. Most evenings I watch the TV news. Sunday mornings I like to read a tree in bed.
10. I use my tablet, my MP3 player and my PDA to listen to podcasts.
11. Yes, but only because my PDA is my cellphone.

Phil Ferris

1)I use my Axim x51v, until I got this I used my Sony Ericsson P910i.

On the Axim I use eReader Pro, (on kfc’s recommendation I seem to recall), on the P910i it was Mobipocket Reader.

2)I would swap my ancient Samsung VM7000 Series laptop for a Tablet. They are so expensive in the UK I cannot justify having one in the near future, (that is justify it to my wife or to my work – I’m a geek I don’t need to justify it to myself).

3)Performance is the most important for me, as I have so many charging options battery life is not such an issue – it’s so bad on the Samsung that I only ever use it on the mains.

4)I use GPRS on my cell with a very modest quantity dataplan (25MB limit per month),on the best carrier I have found for remote areas in the UK. This is sufficient for what I need, net access to dowload and post emails and blog entries plus a small amount of surfing. 3G coverage isn’t sufficient in this part of the south west UK.

5)I always carry a power adapter for the Axim, plus having one at home and a car charger. The laptop cannot function without the adapter for any practical purposes.

6)I intend upgrading my P910i to the next model barring any horrific reviews. I used the P800 for a few years and only upgraded because the P910i was offerd at such good value. The new model comes with wifi, which is likely to be a battery drain but I can take precautions and it would only get used on the extremely rafre occasion I did not have the Axim with me; the more important feature for me is that it comes with a 2 Megapixel camera.

7)I don’t travel enough in the same car to warrant a mount. I use a bluetooth earpiece to work with the phone.

8)I don’t currently use GPS but am actively investigating it’s use as an add-on to the Axim.

9)I get my news from Radio, Online, TV, newspapaers, it all depends where I am and what I am doing.

10)Exclusively I listen to podcasts on my Axim x51v. I have a number of mp3 players but they only serve now as emergency backup.

11)I have not used my Sony Ericsson P910i, as it is the one device I do not have enough charging options for at the moment.

This is a great topic, I love hearing about what other people use.

Rob

OK, I’ll play. But if your next big thing is a marketing gig… ;)

1. What device and software do you use to read eBooks?
MS reader on my 8125(rarely).

2. If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with?
My 6.5lb laptop for a lifebook.

3. What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance?
Battery. Dual processors won’t work well without power :)

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)
EDGE on phone, and tethered via BT.

5. Do you carry a power adapter for your main mobile device every day?
Yes, its only retractable USB cable after all.

6. Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase?
Nothing really. I’d love to replace the laptop, but can’t justify it. Still annoyed with the cPc letdown.

7. Do you have a mount installed in your car for a mobile device? (serious geek indicator)
Er, I have three. A dual mount for the 8125 and ipod up front, a optional third in the back for the BT GPS in sketchy reception areas. One in the wife’s truck too. Four? For extra geek points I installed a 12v power strip in the center console to charge everything.

8. Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use?
Globesat BT 338. iguidance & ms streets on both the 8125 and laptop, delorme topo on the laptop.

9. Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio?
Online and TV.

10. If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them?
Watch and listen on the ipod.

11. Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone?
Not really, did once just to see how it would work out.

Pat

1)What device and software do you use to read eBooks? I have used microsoft reader on the PDA, but usually I read PDFs, using adobe acrobat on the computer (I don’t like continually scrolling left to right on a tiny 320×240 screen)
2)If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with? I’d replace my IPAQ 2210 for a PPC6700 (or a similar smartphone with built in keyboard), which means I can also drop my mobile phone!
3)What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance? Battery life for the truly mobile devices which I can use while walking – although I would love better battery life on my laptop, I like to make home videos on it, so for that I’d go with performance.
4)Do you use any form of 3G connectivity (EDGE, EVDO, HSDPA, etc.) with your main mobile device? No. Data plans are prohibitably expensive here in Australia, and people keep in contact with me mostly via SMS anyway (not important enough to keep worrying about emails)
5)Do you carry a power adapter for your main mobile device every day? Yes, the laptop needs it. Though thanks to a special sync cable for my pda, I can charge my 2210 via USB :)
6)Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase? OQO, Sony UX50…depends on how competitive their prices are going to be I guess.
7)Do you have a mount installed in your car for a mobile device? Hehe, no. That’s what pockets are for!
8)Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use? No, wanting to get one though.
9)Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio? Online – RSS is great :)
10)If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them? Laptop, PDA, 1Gb flash MP3 player
11)Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone? I tried once, but the mobile I have is quite finicky about bitrates and whatnot, so some will play, and others won’t – but getting the ‘casts in there are so fiddly that I don’t bother.

Jack Shainsky

1. Microsoft Reader on Tablet PC (LG LT-20). I read eBooks everyday and found Microsoft Reader the best software for reading on Tablet.
2. I would replace my Tablet with another 12″ convertible with higher screen resolution (perhaps, Toshiba M200 or M400).
3. Battery life (for a Tablet — as long as the performance is not lower than my current 1.6G).
4. No, I don’t — Israel carriers don’t provide reasonable priced data plans.
5. Yes.
6. Vista-compatible tablet with high screen resolution (currently it’s Toshiba M400, but I’m still waiting).
7. Nope. I’m not that serious :-)
8. No.
9. Yes.
10. Treo 650.
11. Yes.

fury

1. What device and software do you use to read eBooks?
– I don’t really read eBooks per se – just websites. And for that I primarily use my tablet. I can read websites just fine on my desktop, it’s just that my chair’s a pain in the ass… literally
2. If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with?
– My power adapter. It’s the one with my Gateway CX2618. The cord is long and a pain in the ass to deal with (I’d like to get a retractor built for it, but have no idea where I’d do that) I would replace it with either a couple batteries, or an Electrovaya power pad.
3. What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance?
– I like a good balance of both. I know of course that I can turn everything off, clock the processor back to half speed, etc, and get 6 hours of battery life, but that’s no fun, can’t do anything with it.
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)
– Nope, I just hop from hotspot to hotspot – here at home there are a couple unsecured wireless networks, at least one of which usually works. At my dad’s place, he’s got his own connection and a wireless router. At school they have wireless in every building. No wireless internet at work, but that’s probably best for my productivity anyway :)
5. Do you carry a power adapter for your main mobile device every day?
– Yes, as previously mentioned… Anyone know how I can make both cords retractable?
6. Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase?
– If you would have asked me this two weeks ago I would have said Gateway CX200S (with the Celeron), but Gateway sales dropped the ball, so I went to Best Buy and got a better one with more RAM, a bigger disk, and better processor for $100 more.
7. Do you have a mount installed in your car for a mobile device? (serious geek indicator)
– No, but I have seriously considered it.
8. Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use?
– No GPS unit but I do have Mappoint 2004 through MSDN academic alliance.
9. Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio?
– I listen to a local music station that occasionally gives me relevant weather and traffic alerts, and that’s about it. I don’t really keep up much on anything else.
10. If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them?
– My tablet
11. Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone?
– My cell phone is in the dark ages – it’s a 3-4 year old phone that’s lucky just to have a color screen.

Tablet PC User

1) 90% adobe reader 7.0 on Tablet PC , 10% dead tree
2) No swaps! I’m happy with my stuff
3) Battery life and converged. I don’t want a device that just does one thing (e.g. just plays music). I must be able to do several things with one device so that if I’m out I can check a quick e-mail, make a phone call or play a game. I get bored quickly so doing one thing for too long will drive me mad!
4) Connectivity is WiF. I am considering EDGE/GPRS but they are WAY slower that 802.11b/g.
5) Yes, for my tablet pc.
6) I’ll get a Trēo 700p if it comes over to GSM. Verizon and Sprint SUCKS where I live!! BTW, why do Verizon & Sprint get all the cool phones first?!?
7) No wall mount in the car
8) No GPS device
9) News via online, then TV, then newspaper.
10) I use my Windows mobile device to listen to podcasts (see #3)
11) Yes, see #3 and #10. My Windows Mobile battery life is good enough that I can go an entire day listening to podcasts/music and making cell phone calls without a need to recharge before the next day.

Kevin C. Tofel

1. What device and software do you use to read eBooks? Even after working in a library for 5 years full-time, I now solely read digital books (around 1 per week). I read books on my XV6700 and Axim X50v, but read magazines on my Tablet (Toshiba M205). eReader Pro is on the handhelds and Zinio is on the Tablet.
2. If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with? I would actually drop my 4 GB iPod nano; I’m streaming more and more music and already carry a portable 20 GB hard drive. I would pickup a second battery for my Tablet.
3. What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance? Toss-up because I get impatient with lower performing computing devices. However, with out “juice” a fast computer is a dead computer.
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). I have two EV-DO radios that I use daily. In the Tablet, I have a PC5220 Aircard with Verizon’s Broadband Access plan. ($59 a month with a 2-year contract) My XV6700 Win Mobile 5 phone also has EV-DO and I currently have EV-DO access on my plan as a feature. ($45 a month, but can be removed or added from my plan on the fly)
5. Do you carry a power adapter for your main mobile device every day? Always. I typically run on AC during most of the day, using the battery only when required.
6. Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase? I’ve considered the first-gen UMPCs but I’m not quite sold yet. If I could convince Fujitsu to put an active digitizer and PC card slot in their P1510D Tablet PC, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.
7. Do you have a mount installed in your car for a mobile device? (serious geek indicator) Just a mount for the XM Roady receiver.
8. Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use? No GPS on mobile devices, but I couldn’t live without the built-in, touchscreen GPS voice-nav system in my 2006 Highlander Hybrid. ;)
9. Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio? Since getting XM, I don’t listen to the radio. I catch the TV news once a week at most. I read the Sunday paper cover to cover. 98% of my news comes from on-line sources via browsing, RSS, or sent directly to my SPOT Watch. (Yes, they still make those!)
10. If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them? Since I’m on my Tablet PC 7 days a week for an average of 10 hours per day, I listen to most podcasts on that.
11. Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone? No, but I would if I didn’t use my Tablet so much. The EV-DO connection would make it VERY easy to grab podcasts on the phone and then listen.

Alan A. Reiter

1. What device and software do you use to read eBooks?
I read paper books constantly but always have half a dozen or more eBooks (just in case I’m without a paper book) on my IBM/Lenovo X41 Tablet PC and on any large screen cellular phone I’m currently testing. I can’t see buying a separate device just for eBooks. A large-screen cellular phone, such as a Treo, would suffice.

2. If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with?
Probably none. As a wireless data consultant I get to test many new devices. However, I’d consider swapping my X41 for a Toshiba M400 because the X41 is s-l-ow.

3. What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance?
Performance. I can always take an extra charger or battery, and when you’re using an X41 or trying to browse the Web with a cellular phone, you quickly realize the value of better performing devices.

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)
Note: EDGE isn’t 3G; it’s actually 2.5G. I use EDGE with my T-Mobile BlackBerry 8700g (EDGE is indeed faster for browsing and downloading compared to GPRS), Sprint phones with 1xEV-DO as tethered (typically with a cable) modems and I test 1xEV-DO cards. For speed and coverage, EV-DO is, so far, the way to go.

5. Do you carry a power adapter for your main mobile device every day?
If I will be out all day and know I’m going to do some battery-intensive stuff, I’ll typically carry a power cord and/or an extra battery. For the BlackBerry and other cellular phones, I will carry extra batteries/power cords only if I’m away for more than a day….and know I’m going to use them as modems.

6. Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase?
I test so many I don’t know what I’d purchase. Maybe a Treo 700p (that I also hope to test relatively soon). However, the Treo 600 and 650 have been the buggiest, most crash-phone cellular phones I’ve ever used. Perhaps the 700 series is better.

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

8. Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use?
I have location technology on some phones, but don’t use it.

9. Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio?
Perhaps 75% online, 20% TV (because it’s THERE) and 5% via podcasts (as “radio”).

10. If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them?
I often listen to technology podcasts, usually on the X41 but sometimes on my video-enabled iPod and cellular phones.

11. Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone?
Yes, especially when walking the dog! I often use Pod2Mob on cellular.

Illuminator

1. What device and software do you use to read eBooks?
Nokia 770.

2. If you could swap any one item in your mobile kit what would you drop and what would you replace it with?
Sony Clie’ UX-50. I would swap it with an ASUS R2H.

3. What is the most important feature of mobile devices for you- battery life or performance?
Of these two, battery life.

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)
Nope.

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

6. Which device currently available (or that will be soon) do you intend to purchase?
Samsung Q1. Already on order. Possibly the ASUS R2H as well.

7. Do you have a mount installed in your car for a mobile device? (serious geek indicator)
Nope, but I do have an in-car power converter (350 watts).

8. Do you use GPS on any of your devices and if so what hardware and software do you use?
Yes. Tablet PC and Libretto notebook. Delmore and MS software.

9. Do you get most of your news online, via newspaper, TV, or radio?
Online and Radio.

10. If you listen to podcasts (doesn’t everyone?) what device do you use to listen to them?
Do you ever listen to podcasts on your cell phone?
I listen to them on my Mac Mini, when I listen to them. Never on a cell phone. It would drain the power, which may be needed to actually, er, uh, make a call.

John Lange

1. I’ve read ebooks using MS Reader and Adobe for Pocket PC on previously owned devices: Imate Jam and Jasjar
2. I might swap my current Pocket PC, the Cingular 8125, for the Moto Q or the Treo 700p in the next 2 weeks. Or I might wind up having replaced the TabletKiosk eo (sent back this week due to the poor battery life) with one of their Sahara tablets if I don’t get too sanely frugal between now and the time my eo RMA gets approved.
3. Before my eo experience I would have said performance was my priority without much thought. Now, I’m at least as concerned about the daily longevity of that performance. The 9hr Electrovaya battery is an option for the Sahara i215….that seems like fate to me, doesn’t it to you?!
4. EDGE has been the speed limit of my quotidian mobile experience thus far, and like any good addict, I’m ready to graduate from this gateway drug. EVDO is something I’ve only experienced while testing devices in various Verizon stores, but clearly I’m on the cusp of actual rewarding one of their salespeople who’ve shown remarkable patience with me so far.
5. I’ve always carried power adaptors but that practice is about to end.
6. If the DualCor cPC were already available, I’d still really be tempted, especially now that we know they’re bundling CF 802.11g and have successfully tested many other peripheral connectivity options. I would probably purchase with it a CF Bluetooth card for connecting during the day via one of the EVDO phones I’m about to purchase, and then swap it out at night to use wifi in the house. The Sony UX is certainly singing a siren song to me as well, but just not as sweetly as the georgious slate Sahara.
7. No mount for me….yet
8. Using GPS feels like cheating to me. I never ask for directions, not even from a Satellite!
9. I get news from all sources but mostly online for sure.
10. I’ve only ever listened to podcasts on Windows Moble devices (except for the Symbian device I had a 4 month affair with, don’t tell HTC)
11. In fact, I listen to podcasts via bluetooth from the 8125 through my Bluespoon AX using a solid piece of software called Bluecast that opens the mono gateway. I’ve tried the A2DP hack for the HTC Wizard/8125 and it works, but not well enough to tolerate for very long using the Princess Leah styled Moto stereo bluetooth headset. I’d bet good money one of the factors that lead to the delay of the Moto Q was making A2DP work consistently, and it’s not surprising therefore, that Verizon doesn’t mention this functionality anywhere on their Q teaser page (not that they would be expected to anyway mind you).

James, this was so much fun to think through, so thanks vey much for providing the forum and the opportunity. I have thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to the posts of others on this, especially kct’s!

John in Norway

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!

Lars Juhl Jensen

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.

Warner Crocker

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.

Dave Zatz

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.

KA Jones

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.

David Ciccone

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

jk

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.

jk

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

Mark Polino

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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