JK gadget bag updated


Whenever the contents of my daily gadget bag changes I try to remember to post it here on jkOnTheRun and a recent post on fellow Houstonian Kent Newsome’s blog reminded me it was time to update my daily kit.  Here is what I now carry with me daily in my Boa Booq XS backpack:

Samsung Q1 SSD– my daily workhorse.  I am taking notes all day on the Q1 with OneNote 2007 and when I am at a desk I use the Q1 as a mini-laptop.

Samsung organizer and USB keyboard– protects the Q1 in the backpack and turns it into a full laptop in 5 seconds


Verizon XV6700 phone– Windows Mobile 5 and EVDO, a good combination.  I tether the XV6700 off and on throughout the day when I need connectivity.  Of course I use a WiFi hotspot if one is available.  I am able to keep up with email whenever I have time free to process it.


Boxwave miniSync cable– I use this to tether the XV6700 to the Q1.  The retractable cable contracts to such a small size it fits in the tiny MP3 player pocket in the Booq bag.  The beauty of having the phone tethered to the Q1 is that the phone is charging the whole time it is attached.  I also have a charge only retractable cable that I use if I just need to charge the phone and don’t want to take extra time for ActiveSync to fire up.


IOGear mini Bluetooth mouse– I use it when in laptop mode in the organizer.  A fully charged mouse will last days before needing recharging.


BatteryGeek Portable Power Station– I leave the PPS in a pocket on the Booq bag and connect it while in laptop mode so the Q1 is always fully charged when I head into meetings.  When a meeting lasts a couple of hours and I have to head across town to the next meeting I connect the Q1 to the PPS right in the Booq bag with the charge cable running from the Q1 pocket to the PPS pocket.  This way the Q1 charges the entire time I am travelling to the meeting and it usually picks up a sufficient charge to get me through the upcoming meeting.  If the Q1 battery level ever drops too low for comfort during a meeting I simply plug in the PPS cable for charging without having to remove the battery from the bag.  No one is ever the wiser in the meeting.  This is probably the slickest setup I have ever used.  The PPS will run the Q1 for at least 18 hours and leave me with a fully charged internal battery.


Ultimate Ears Super.fi Pro 5 headphones– simply the best headphones I have ever used.  When I have free time between meetings, especially in a noisy Starbucks or the equivalent, I plug into some nice music (or podcast) and the headphones totally block out the noisy environment.


TomTom One portable GPS– simply the easiest GPS navigation system I have ever seen.  I use it every day, it is always on while in my car.  Even if I don’t have a route programmed I like to see which cross streets are coming up and it’s a good compass.  I usually do program a route, however, because I can’t tell you how many times I have run into a major traffic problem and pulled off the freeway to bypass it.  The TomTom One instantly calculates a new route and gets me to my destination as quickly as possible.  For security reasons I sometimes throw the TomTom in the Booq bag, it’s so small it takes almost no room.


That’s it, as my gadgets have gotten more capable the number of them I have to take every day has dropped dramatically.  What’s in your gadget bag?


John Christian

How about using your Samsung Q1 as a GPS device? Will you try this? If you mostly use a GPS in a car, maybe consider a car-mounting kit (see they are selling these on ebay) and a bluetooth or wired GPS connected to it?

Would love to hear how the Samsung Q1 can work as a GPS. Really considering getting the new Pentium model of the Q1 – and GPS in the car is definitely one use I’d like to see – as well as an mp3/wma player hooked up to my stereo (or using one of these FM transmitters).


bobm, the ultimate ears are earphones and fit in a metalbox smaller than a tin of Altoids.


Quick Question: How do the headphones work when flying? I have the Bose noise cancelling headphones and they take up a lot of space in my ever shrinking bag..



Mike, the Portable Power Station is 9 x 5 x .75 inches and weighs about 1.87 lbs. It is almost exactly the same size as the Q1, perhaps a tad smaller. I just checked their web site and the price went up $100 since yesterday. Ouch.


Alslayer, I modified the post as I neglected to put a link in to my review of the Booq Boa XS bag I referred to in the original post. I just checked their web site and it looks like they no longer offer the XS, which is the small size. They still offer the XL (huge) and the XM sizes, however.


What about your bag JK?

I bought the Samsung organizer and USB keyboard but it seems too thick to put in my bag. Maybe I should rearrange.


in my raggedy dufflebag i carry my samsung Q1, samsung power bank, cheap BIC mechanical pencil (stylus), and a Hawking Tech HWU8DD Hi-Gain USB wifi adapter if i need T1 connectivity at the hotel :) ooh


Neat post, JK. I use my Samsung Power Bank with my Q1 the way you describe using your Powerstation. The Power Bank doesn’t go anywhere near the Powerstation but it does significantly increase battery life. It may just be my imagination but I think that Network Hardware Control program also extends my battery life. I haven’t done any formal testing since I’m usually plugged in for at least part of every day, but I haven’t run into any situations where I don’t have enough juice to compute yet.


My convertable style tablet, though most often used in slate mode, cell phone, HP ipaq PDA and several usb drives for moving things between computers at school. i (and my fiancee) wish that I had a GPS unit. I still can’t get the whole left and right thing straight and as he says, “thataway doesn’t mean much when I can’t see you”

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