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iPhone 4S, Surface Tablet, PalmPilot: 10 Mobile Gadgets We Love

With Valentine's Day coming up, we're waxing nostalgic about some of our most-loved mobile devices, from the PalmPilot to the iPhone4S.
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Call me a Windows fan boy. Call me crazy for loving Windows 8. But the surface is the tablet I've waited for -- one that lets me do enterprise-level work. I still think (and I'm not the only one) that the tablet is becoming an obsolete thing very quickly. Squeezed from the left by phones that are getting bigger and more powerful, and from the right by lighter and more powerful laptops, tablets like the iPad make no sense anymore. But there's a strong case for the Surface, which connects better in an enterprise setting that is often full of Windows apps.

(Image: Raysonho via Wikipedia)

Call me a Windows fan boy. Call me crazy for loving Windows 8. But the surface is the tablet I've waited for -- one that lets me do enterprise-level work. I still think (and I'm not the only one) that the tablet is becoming an obsolete thing very quickly. Squeezed from the left by phones that are getting bigger and more powerful, and from the right by lighter and more powerful laptops, tablets like the iPad make no sense anymore. But there's a strong case for the Surface, which connects better in an enterprise setting that is often full of Windows apps.

(Image: Raysonho via Wikipedia)

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soozyg
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2/27/2015 | 12:22:03 PM
Re: the squeeze out
It's a shame because, at least regarding the New York City location, the look of the store was very impressive. Everything looked shiny and new and state of the art. Too bad it had no backbone.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/25/2015 | 4:51:50 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I have a Bluetooth keyboard from Brookstone which rolls up and is nice and portable.  It leaves a lot to be desired and the battery power is problematic, but it was super cheap, so eh.  :p
soozyg
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2/9/2015 | 10:42:26 AM
Re: the squeeze out
Joe, interestingly, i have never bought a satisfactory product at Brookstone. Years ago I lived through an odd phase in which many gifts were Brookstone gift certificates. I checked out product after product after product and I returned every one. From the smallest and cheapest to the biggest and most expensive. Each had a big flaw in function or appearance. So I don't like Brookstone.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/9/2015 | 9:42:36 AM
Re: the squeeze out
@soozyg: I saw a relatively new type of Bluetooth "keyboard" about a year ago at Brookstone... It just displays lasers onto the tabletop or other surface you're working on, and you type onto this virtual keyboard, pressing the spots on the surface where the keys are.

Convenient, but probably not the height of ergonomics.  (Although you'd think they could arrange for a more ergonomic solution while keeping the same general concept...)
soozyg
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2/8/2015 | 9:50:39 AM
Re: the squeeze out
@Joe, yes the iMac came with BlueTooth (or at least wireless) keyboard. At the beginning I liked it. It's cool. But when the batteries start to fade or when I use rechargable batteries, then the keyboard gets quite finicky very quickly. I don't know what material the keyboard is made from, but the keys do feel good to the touch.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/8/2015 | 3:07:48 AM
Re: the squeeze out
Well, Windows 8 won't last forever.  Maybe the next Windows will be better received.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/8/2015 | 3:06:41 AM
Re: the squeeze out
@soozyg: I don't even own a tablet presently.  I don't like the small screens; ergonomically, I need something much bigger.  I'm waiting until the price comes down on the Surface Pro 2 or 3, or until the iPad 3 becomes available for a good price -- at which point, with the help of a better Bluetooth keyboard than I have now, a tablet may well become my laptop replacement.

(There are a few mega-screen tablets out there from some off-brands, but I'd prefer to not work with an Android tablet for my laptop replacement.)
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2/6/2015 | 11:19:26 AM
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PDA's usage is rather limited and it seems that it has never been quite popular.


@Li Tan     I agree.     I am still trying to cleanse myself of the PDA experience. Thank Goodness it was short.
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2/6/2015 | 11:16:26 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I can easily admit that I like the Surface, really a useful piece of hardware, but is the tablet done ?    I think so.  Consumers will fork out the extra money to buy a Surface as opposed to some 10" ipad or even droid, however I am still not a fan of Windows 8 and I have had it about a year now.
soozyg
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2/6/2015 | 10:21:32 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I hope tablets don't become laptop replacements. I actually have a desktop (iMac) and I totally adore it. Love the huge screen. I hate doing work on laptops and tablets.

Joe, with all the writing that you do, how much do you do on a tablet?
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