I’m feeling something red.
Time to change my wallpaper. :)
Ah, it feels like I’ve been away from my desktop for ages but maybe that’s a good thing. I’ve still had some Internet access but by the time I came home I actually didn’t ‘feel’ like sitting down in front of my favorite screen. Alas, notebooks aside it’s the only place I can stand to do my writing.
As life moves forward and I find myself more active day after day I’m starting to seek out something more portable for my electronic needs while still freeing me from my desk which I’m starting associate more and more with work- which is a good thing. Let me repeat that: it’s a good thing. I sit down and I get things done more often than my usual habit of procrastination. To-Do lists empty and projects are completed and sent out but just because I’ve developed a fetish for making my ‘hobby’ (as some would deam the writing life) feel like a job doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a little fun.
Quite the contrary.
I want to get away from the computer more often but leaving the only place I can randomly dump and keep track of my inspiration for long periods of time is still asking for a bit much. My conclusion: it’s time to get a handheld device. Preferably shiny, functional, and did I mention handheld?
I’m ‘thinking’ of- and mind you when I say thinking I mean I’ll probably spend another four months researching the device and others, getting a Nokia N800 or N810 Internet Tablet. They both have touch screens but the latter has a QWERTY keyboard that keeps pulling me back to it. Otherwise with the software update they’re virtually the same. The keyboard is small, ’bout three and a half inches wide but I have a fetish for things like that and it could be worse, that and I have very, very tiny hands. The touch screens have some durability issues but with the keyboard I don’t imagine I’ll be using it much.
They both have WiFi that runs about the speed of my laptop (a well loved four year old HP) and can run apps. Memory space isn’t impressive according to a lot of reviews and the specs don’t make it sound like anything special but they both have SD expansion slots so I’m not too worried. Battery life is flexible depending on use, considering what I want I could get a day out of it before I’d have to charge it again and that’s perfectly fine with me. I’m not looking for continuous hardcore usage and since it function on the charger I’m pretty unconcerned with the times I might.
Still uncertain. It’s just far enough from my (laughable) perception of what I can afford that I’m not about to buy it on impulse.
What I’m looking for is less than a laptop. I want something that fits in my purse, that I can pull out and use while riding in the truck or sitting at a restaurant. I want something that can come camping with me.
I want to be able to receive instant messages while I’m doing laundry or send a quick email to my friend. It doesn’t need Internet all the time. I live in WiFi hot spots and so be it the thing works for other things during those few moments I’m out of them- I don’t care.
I don’t want a phone. I don’t even use my cell phone and I despise bundles. True, it could guarantee Internet everywhere but see the above. I don’t care not to mention I’m not interested in monthly fees or data plans. I want to buy the damn thing and use it.
Apps are nice but hardly mandatory provided the thing has some sort of word processor or advanced notepad and that’s another thing…
I want to be able to write on it. Anywhere. Everywhere. As soon as the inspiration strikes. A keyboard, even a tiny phone sized QWETRY one, would be nice but touch screen ones are ‘okay.’ I have to be able to make and save files. I have to be able to sneak this out of my purse during a work meeting and jot down a few thousand story ideas while I pretend to listen to the latest budget reports and then take it home and put the files on my desktop where I’ll really tear them apart. Syncing through WiFi would be a bonus.
So, to sum it up: Small, portable, occasional Internet, able to be written on. Durable would be nice too.
I don’t need: Phones, billions of apps, bundles, cords (charger aside), constant Internet, GPS, cameras, microphones, or anything else. I have a phone, a laptop, two cameras and an MP3 player. I am not an all in one kind of girl. I like different bits of this and that that do different bits of this and that. Kapeesh?
I want something to write on.
End of story.