This little guy has changed the way that I use my smartphone. About a year ago, Jessica and I were discussing whether or not we needed to buy another laptop because we had just had one die and our other one was on its last legs.
We talked about the actual usefullness of a full-fledged laptop versus a Chromebook. As we decided that a Chromebook was not quite as useful as a laptop, we came to a realization.
The smartphones that we carry in our pockets everyday are at least, if not more, capable than most Chromebooks. They have constant connectivity to the internet, either over wi-fi or cellular data. They have all the same apps and even sport better cameras and microphones. Also, as screens on smartphones get bigger, it is much easier to see the interface. Really, the only drawback is that nobody really likes typing on a smartphone screen.
Enter the solution: Ta da! The cheap bluetooth keyboard. This one cost me about $19 on Amazon and every smartphone has bluetooth. This means that you can spend less than $20 and you can have a very capable computer in your pocket.
Now, to be honest, I don’t keep the keyboard with me everywhere I go, but I can take it wherever I need it. The bonus is that it doesn’t just work with phones. It works with all tablets and just about all computers.
No more taking a laptop on trips. No more worrying about how TSA is going to treat my computer. No more worrying about whether the hotel has wi-fi. No more worrying about expensive equipment. Just a whole lot of pure functionality.
This single keyboard has changed the way that both myself and my wife interact with our technology. The best part? We only need one keyboard for all of our devices.
I know this is excessively “techy” but I thought that I would share the idea. I sure has saved us a lot of money and really increased our functionality. In fact, I wrote this whole post on my cell phone. There is no way that I would have done that without this keyboard.