RE: Anyone blog and maintain website with a smartphone?

Subject: RE: Anyone blog and maintain website with a smartphone?
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:47:02 -0500

Might be easier to keep your web work and telephony separate. What about
a cell phone and netbook -- in fact, several of the major providers --
Sprint, Verizon, AT&T -- will give you as much as $200 off a netbook
with gobi if you sign up for one of their plans. Netbooks are light;
small enough to fit in a bag or briefcase, and handle word-processing,
web, and e-mail; and come as big as 92% the size of a regular keyboard.
Not at all a full PC replacement, but possibly quite well-suited to what
you're doing.

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Subject: Anyone blog and maintain website with a smartphone?


Because my topic is somewhat technical and the tasks involve writing,
I'm going to pretend that maintaining my website and updating my blog
constitute Technical Writing (for the purpose of being on topic for
this list).

I use my laptop for writing, editing, and uploading content, tweaking
html, etc.when I'm home.

I'm not always home. I often get ideas or just have some time that I'd
like to use to add or tweak the site or blog. I can't realistically
carry the laptop everywhere. For example, I commute on foot about four
days a week, and do some of my best thinking then, so it would be handy
to whip out a device and write or edit while inspiration is fresh.
Also, I'm indifferent to driving and my wife prefers to do it, so every
place we go together is another opportunity to do some tweaking - you
know, instead of just gazing about and playing punch-buggy....

Since my last plan is ended and my old cell phone is [over] due for
replacement, I thought I might get my first-ever smartphone and a data
plan to go with it. I further thought that I might use said phone to
browse, fix, update the site and blog, etc. With that in mind, I've
been considering a phone like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 on one network
(here in Canada) or the HTC Touch Pro 2 on another network. The salient
aspects are the nice screen and the physical keyboard.

So I was wondering if anybody else has been doing that sort of thing,
and is it actually practical from a hand-held device?

I reviewed my internet usage on my home computer and it's lower than I'd
thought, so I'm not likely to exceed the data plan limits for the
fraction that I'd be doing via a mobile device.

Is there anything else I should be considering before buying into an
expensive phone and another 3 years?

There's not really any way to try-before-I-buy, to find out the
deal-killer pitfalls that would not be obvious while merely caressing
the new toy in the store. So I turn to the pioneers who have gone before
me and have the arrow-scars in their butts.

What say?

- Kevin




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