Are you making compromises to have a single converged device?

Are you making compromises to have a single converged device?

Summary: Some people like to carry the latest and great gadgetry and prefer to connect them all with wires or via wireless technology while others like to have a device that does it all in one. The decision comes down to what your needs are and what you are willing to give up to have a single device or carry multiple devices.

TOPICS: Mobility

I was reading Jason Dunn's latest blog entry on The Two Inch View about digital media players and convergence and wanted to add my thoughts on the discussion regarding mobile device usage. There are two camps in the mobile device world, those who want one device that does it all and those who prefer multiple devices working together. I used to be a two+ device guy with a dedicated PDA, a mobile phone with the ability to connect to it via Bluetooth, IR, or a cable, a dedicated digital camera, and a dedicated MP3 player or satellite radio player. However, I discovered a Pocket PC Phone Edition a couple of years ago, followed by the Treo 650, and I haven't gone back to a two device solution since then.

I believe there are good reasons for both of the alternatives and it really comes down to whether or not you are willing to compromise to reduce your load. Multiple device owners can argue that they can upgrade each individual component if newer technology is released, they can get better battery life out of individual components, they generally get more functionality with a device dedicated to one or two primary functions, and they can replace individual component if one piece is lost or broken. Single converged device owners can argue that they only have to carry one device, they only need to carry a single charger on the road, they don't have to worry about connection issues between devices (dropped Bluetooth connections or unwieldy cables), and a single device is usually cheaper than multiple devices with more specific and higher functionality.

My primary mobile device, not counting my UMPC, is the Nokia E61. This device meets many of my needs, but doesn't have an integrated camera and that is a tradeoff I am willing to make for convergence. I think each of us has to decide what we are willing to compromise to have a converged device, whether it be battery life, storage capacity, camera, or another feature as the "perfect" device really hasn't been released yet. Are you a one or multiple device person?

Topic: Mobility

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  • E61 Wi Fi

    How do you find the WiFi feature? Even with my 3G data add on with T Mobile, or in my own home network, it seems tough to navigate. And slow.
    Guess I am just used to my PC and cable modem speed.

    Any tricks I should know? I'm having difficulty believing this will ever take off as the next "Wave of the future".

    Also, is there a way I can use the same data package with my laptop so that I don't have to sign up for ANOTHER data card / package / $60 per month? I don't surf on the handheld because it is so painstaking, and I'm not sure the mobile email function is worth the extra $30 per month. I can get unlimited text messaging for less, which is what it seems I end up using since attachments are a pain too.

    Found any good user groups?
    • WiFi use and T-Mobile data

      WiFi on S60 3rd Edition devices is definitely different than what one sees on a Windows Mobile or Palm device since there is no seperate switch or setting where you really turn on WiFi. WiFi turns on when you are performing functions that require the internet (email or browsing) and it attempts to be seamless. I personally switch WiFi hotspots a couple times a day (home and work) so I have the E61 setup to ask me which network to connect to (including my T-Mobile data plan) so I have more control over the connection that is made.

      I think WiFi is quite fast on the E61 and I LOVE the new S60 browser, although if you are coming from another mobile OS it will probably take a bit of getting used to.

      You can tether your mobile phone to your laptop (it is a legal thing to do with the T-Mobile data plan) via cable or Bluetooth for wireless data access from a larger platform. I tether my E61 to the Samsung Q1 UMPC all the time and it works well. If you have the T-Mobile WiFi data plan you should be able to access it from any device, but I don't personally have the WiFi add-on so I can't say for sure.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
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