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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.

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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)

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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
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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...)
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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.
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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 | 2:11:23 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I think the direction for tablets is that they are becoming laptop replacements where laptops have become desktop replacements.  The goal, I think, is to one day use your tablet the same way (and with the same power with which) you would use your desktop.  Certainly this seems to be the goal with the Windows Surface Pro and even with the iPad.

(Boy, do I feel stupid for ever buying a netbook.)
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2/6/2015 | 2:09:36 AM
Re: Voice dictation
Indeed, Brian.  My dad has a saying he's fond of: "There are no bad ideas -- only bad timing."

With the PDA, cell service was still in its infancy.  Although there was a good run in the late '90s/early 2000s when executives had PDAs AND cell phones.

Of course, cell phone adoption remained low in the West for quite some time.  I remember when I went to South Korea about 15 years ago and being shocked at how EVERYONE (and I do mean everyone! including little babies with them hanging from around their necks!) had a cell phone -- when they were still an expensive toy/curiosity stateside.
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2/4/2015 | 2:10:44 AM
Voice dictation
I actually preferred the iPhone's voice command capabilities pre-Siri...at least in terms of dictation.  It seems that post-Siri, Apple's voice dictation's capabailities took a huge step backwards.

If only there was a way to integrate Dragon with Siri.
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