Following on from parts one and two of this blog we move closer to the present day. After a Nokia disaster and the falling from favour of the Symbian operating system it was time to move to Android and a Samsung Galaxy followed. Still converged onto one device for the time being. Apple were starting to shift the ipad and then Samsung were hot on their heels with the Galaxy Tab. I had to have one and I was back to two devices again. This suited my always on the road lifestyle much better. Apps were getting better and more plentiful this was good. The original was a 7 inch device and I regretted going to a 10 inch Motorola Xoom, so much so that I swapped it for a 7 inch galaxy tab 2. But what they didn’t tell me before I bought it was that it didn’t support apps being run from external memory. I have been reliant on this function for years as I have a lot of apps and files mobile devices. Bummer. This to be fair is the only downer on this device which along with my mobile now goes everywhere with me. The Kies syncing software hasn’t yet addressed the problem with Syncing software which has got slower and clunkier since Psiwin 1.1. So syncing software has got worse, what about other things? Well apps have got progressively better but battery life has definitely got worse. I also think that these devices are not as rugged as my first Psion 3c and have become a style statement as much as a tool. On the train I see more people using these devices for games, music and reading books and opposed to work which is what I use the device for 70% of the time. I once tried to replace my full work rig basically the contents of my briefcase with just the tab and a few other must haves. It didnt work for a week but for a week end or an overnighter its fine. My only final gripe concerns the software available that replaces Microsoft Office specifically Excel on these devices. I do like QuickOffice Pro. I have a number of complex spreadsheets that effectively run my business and are used to provide advice and information to clients, these have complex controls and macro’s embedded within them. Unfortunately these seem unable to run correctly on anything else but a proper Microsoft Device. I am not yet convinced my Microsoft’s Tablet offerings.
I have been a heavy user of mobile technology for 16 years and recently got thinking as to whether or not the technology has got better or worse by examining the kit I have been using for the past 16 years. 1997-2002. The Psion Years During this period I think pretty much followed the majority of the market. My primary device was a Psion 3c for the most part until it got stolen These were pretty cool devices with good built in apps and ran for a month on 2 AA batteries. This I backed up with a pretty standard for the time Nokia 6150.This was a fairly good and rugged pairing for a while until the Psion 3c was replaced with a Psion 5mx and another standard business issue Nokia mobile phone. This ended its life falling out of a coat pocket as the coat was removed from an airline overhead locker at Dublin Airport. A sad day. The Psion kit was hard and rugged, earned it spurs and the kit led a hard life. It is also worth noting that I worked for Psion for a while in back in 1997. Palm. 2002 – 2006 Psion had seriously lost their way at this point and were headed firmy down the road marked obscurity and their product lines becoming obselete. Palm had moved in and were here to stay. A series of palm devices followed. Along with the trusty Nokia and a back up mobilephone. Often a Nokia 9 series such this one: I have always favoured the 2 device approach and wasn’t going to change anytime soon so I had a string of palm devices. These were pretty good business devices and served me well, although PC syncing and the diary application had their little quirks. The Tungsten T3 was cool and led a hard life until they brought out a very cool device called the Lifedrive. It had 4Gb internal storage and doubled as an extension of my Ipod. This however was not cool as it looked and had several reliability issues. This I think is where it all started to go seriously wrong with secondary mobile devices for a while. I will cover this in the next bit.