My Mobile-Only Experiment Takes Off

I made up my mind sometime ago to try out what I call a mobile-only experiment: use only smartphones and tablets for ALL MY COMPUTING NEEDS – both personal and official for a few days.

Mobile-Only Experiment

Well, that day has come. As of this morning, I have kicked off that experiment. I have no idea how long it will last. Think of it as one of those crazy adventures.

I will report here with my successes, frustrations and any brick walls that I may run into.

In the meantime, did I tell you about that dream I had last night? No? Right; I will dedicate another post to that dream. Trust me, I don’t talk about my dreams unless they are exciting. Or plain silly. Or both.

Toodles!

Follow My Mobile-Only Experiment Day By Day

  1. My Mobile-Only Day One
  2. My Mobile-Only Day Two
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26 comments

  1. I am totally looking forward to hearing about your successes but most especially about your frustrations & bottlenecks. This will be interesting.

    1. Lady Pearl,

      I am totally looking forward to hearing about your successes but most especially about your frustrations & bottlenecks.

      Especially my frustrations and bottlenecks, shey? *Side eye*

  2. Maybe you need to throw this challenge….

    Show me ONE thing you can do with your PC That I can not accomplish with a table / smartphone combo. , heavy graphics Xcluded…

    Tablets now exist with hardware specs matching and even surpassing full_fledged laptops’..

    Happy experimentation…

  3. I mobile alone with my iPad.

    When I got it. I thought I had made a costly mistake. The gadget was simply boring with the limited apps I had on it. Over time, I have repented. I write a lot and read a lot, for these iPad has become a great solution. My notebook is hatly in use again, except when I am syncing my DocsToGo with it, to have all my newly created documents ( in word, excel, and PowerPoint) backed up on it.

    I have also stopped buying Newspapers (had to stop that at the office for them for them to replace my weekly Newspapers with two magazines). With feeddlerRss, I have dual news aggregated from more than Ten sources, I miss out on nothing.

    I continue to build my library also with iBook and others. The ate at which I am dong this, I will need to change fron the 16G 3G/WiFi to something higher.

    My wife gets jealous often, as I am at work anywhere and at anytime.

    As a pastor, I am still on course with Bible Reader. On it I can do all I will ever need to do with an the printed bible (mark, highlight, add note, bookmark, organize my annual Bible reading, and preach, etc.)

  4. This being a road you have plied before, I am certain it is very doable, and coupled with the fact that you now have oodles of devices to choose from unlike the time you did it with a single device (Nokia N97 I believe) out of necessity, it will certainly be fun, even if a little frustrating.

    In the meantime, did I tell you about that dream I had last night? No? Right; I will dedicate another post to that dream. Trust me, I don’t talk about my dreams unless they are exciting. Or plain silly. Or both.

    If it is both exciting and plain silly, that is because you were not fully in control when your original thoughts were being played back to you.

  5. Something’s missing here. You haven’t told us what equipment you’re going mobile-only with (how many devices did you say?) by comparison to what you traditionally use.

    That way once you get going on your mobile-only life, you can pick up and drop off as the need arises. It would also be good to know how much it costs going mobile versus your pre-mobile only life.

    I suggest you try it for at least a month but let us know how it’s going week by week.

    1. Noni,

      I am unable to state what devices will be involved at this time. I cycle through devices at an amazing rate. For the moment though, I am using both a Samsung Galaxy S II and an HP TouchPad. Should there be a need, there’s an iPhone 3GS and a Nokia E7 waiting in the wings, and a BlackBerry 9900 and PlayBook possibly showing up soon.

      Tomorrow, those may change however. Once I run into frustrations or a brick wall on one device, I intend to try out another and another till I have exhausted all logical options. However this goes, it should be some fun.

      For now, it hasn’t cost me anything to make this transition, as all devices I am using now were already available to me.

  6. Let us see you blog from these mobile devices. Yes, you can write a publish a simple post, but I find a laptop is needed for the best layout and graphics.

    And did that dream have you locked in a room full of mirrors? That your iPad background is you is a bit narrsasistic even for me.

    1. Wayan,

      And did that dream have you locked in a room full of mirrors? That your iPad background is you is a bit narrsasistic even for me.

      LOL! That background is actually very practical. It makes it easy for me to identify my tablet in a room (or table) full of tablets. All my mobile devices have my face as both wallpaper and lockscreen images.

      Okay, sometimes I use the wife’s picture. But hey…

  7. It is very doable-for the average user. For an above average user like you, No it is not. There would be the occasional recourse to your PC.

    Ever tried web design on a Tablet? Doable but frustratingly so.

  8. Okay, sometimes I use the wife’s picture. But hey…

    Narcissism is good! Self adulation is even better!

    After all, who is gonna blow your trumpet for u if u do not do it yourself?

    Carry go- jor!

  9. Good thing. I think you can easily go mobile without regretting it! We are living in a Post-PC world. Even Microsoft with their Windows on ARM (WOA) windows 8 coming out likely September is an embrace on Post-PC.

    The few things that I can’t presently do with a mobile include the following;
    1. Reading from a hard disk drive.
    2. And finally, Downloading torrents; (possible, if I jailbreak my iPad).

    I find that I can do all other stuff on mobile! Like Eye.Bee.Kay., I’ll need someone to name just one thing I couldn’t do on mobile, excluding the stuff enumerated above!

    It’s an adventure I think you’ll succeed in, Mr. Mobility!

  10. I went through this process once, though mine was in a bid to save on data cost. I wanted to make my iPad a near laptop replacement. It would never work, not for a power user. For other people, well, yes.

    The question is not what your mobile cannot do, but how well and at what cost.

    And for most purposes, the ipad is at a disadvantage. The problem is usually with the browser, because all dem apps do not always do it as well. Not sure if it is as a result of the lack adobe flash, but you may have a better experience using android based devices, though not as good as a PC too.

    ipad’s overwhelming reliance on apps and its inaccessible filesystem does not make things any better.

    Try this simple task on an ipad, maintaining your wordpress installation using ANY web browser.Definitely not a pleasant experience.

    Yomi, you are starting out too early. Let’s see what windows 8 will bring to the table, to me it seems the most promising. For now, all other mobile OSes are just wannabes. Let’s just take them as they are, an extension of our desktops and, em, “big boys” toys.


  11. The few things that I can’t presently do with a mobile include the following

    1. Reading from a hard disk drive

    If ur device supports USB OTG, can u not?

    Anyway, it looks like the days of hard disks are gradually getting numbered too..

  12. I can bet my stethoscope you will not succeed in this adventure. No matter what combination of tablets/Smartphones you use. Success will be a stone throw away but you will not get there. Mark my words. They are words of the oracle. Try this experiment next year or in 2014 and you will get good result.

    We are going there but not there yet.

  13. @Eye.Bee.Kay. Even if your device supports USB-on-go, you still can’t read from a hard disk drive because a mobile device does not have enough energy to power up the external hard disk drive. For information sakes, whenever you plug a HDD to the USB port of your laptop, the laptop first powers the HDD before it can read from it. Yes, the disks has to spin first! No sir, a mobile doesn’t that much power.

    It’s clear that HDD is power wasteful because it has moving parts before you can read from it! Also it is easily damaged if it falls. And that’s why the world is moving to SSD (Solid State Drives). SSDs power mobile phones, tablets and flash drives. With no moveable parts, they’re more stable and energy efficient albeit more expensive if you consider the Gigabyte:Price ratio with HDD.

    Howeevr, I dare say that SSDs are the FUTURE!

  14. Afewgoodmen:, what if the hard disk is the type with an external power source?

    Are u really sure a USB OTG compliant device can NOT read a hard disk?

  15. Android 3.1 and above offers support for most USB devices, including hard disks but through devices that made provision for Full USB support, not micro USB. The Toshiba Thrives reads USB hard drives out of the box.

  16. I think I’d test my Belle device using a HDD. It didn’t work the last time I did. It just shows that Android and the Samsung SGSII are great Monsters of a Device/OS!

  17. Yomi, as I mentioned, I figured you’d pick up and drop devices along the way, but there must still be a couple of things that may be consistent (e.g. mobile phone)?

    In terms of costs I’m not looking at the cost of devices, but the cost of relying mostly on mobile data versus desktop and mobile. Is that a bit clearer?

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