July 07, 2004
Back in action after a few days of being exceptionally busy - so apologies if I haven’t been so responsive to comments etc.
Commuting into Central London this morning (took the Met Line down to the City) a man got on the train at Baker Street - and immediately started using his PDA. I think it was a Palm Tungsten model. The train on this stretch of line isn’t a particularly bumpy ride - but in my own experience of living with a PDA even small slight multiple-plane, variations in the velocity of the train make using a stylus-operated PDA very difficult to use on the move.
Throughout the rest of my journey I observed the man using his PDA - and sure enough - only once or twice in a ten-minute period did he tap his stylus on the screen. This is in contrast to people I have observed using Blackberry (which has a a mini-keyboard) - who have a propensity to spend their entire journey vigorously using the keyboard to reply to emails etc.
My theory is that the “keyboard warriors” spend a lot of their mobile time “writing” - whereas the stylus warriors spend most of their time “reading”.
Posted by jag at July 07, 2004 10:35 AM
Hieee Jag - Good to c 1 more journal of urs. Does this mean that ur no longer in that “exceptionally busy” state ? ( I hope so). Is this the same Baker Street, where Mr.Sherlock Holmes was supposed to have lived?
So which one are you?
Dont some PDA’s allow you to attach an optional foldable keyboard or something, so you can get the best of both worlds?
I use a Tungsten T and travel on the Met line and I can agree with the difficulty of using the stylus on that stretch of track!
I’m getting better though, as I have finally managed to master the art of writing with the stylus whilst stading on the Jubilee line - takes an almost Zen like sense of balance :-)
To use a folding keyboard one really needs to have a flat surface to rest on. The thumb boards are a bit better but I find them hard to use with my sausage-like fingers…
Hi Mini - well always busy - but sometimes I get phases where it’s really very difficult to even get a few minutes online. Right now I’m back in a the routine! And yes - it’s the same Baker Street of Sherlock Holmes fame!
Sat: I’m a keyboard warrior! Yes - but as James said - it’s really hard to use fold-able keyboard when mobile unless you are sat at a table of some sort. the Blackberry style devices have a keyboard on the device itself - which is usable if you have slim thumbs.
James: standing on the Jubilee with a PDA can be really challenging on some stretches! I’m impressed!
really? on train journeys i usually find tapping away on my visor easier than writing in a notebook which is impossible - I mainly use the on-screen keyboard to tap away on using the stylus.
I know its a far cry, but what about a good voice recognition system. Its a bit too much to ask for so much processing power on a handheld when the main aim is to save on the battery, but its just a try…
It would save you from all the hassles, but then other problems do creep up - background noise being the main culprit.
Groc: I think the difficulty I have with the on-screen keyboard on my PDA - which is Pocket PC - the screen resolution is VGA - which means that the virtual keys are tiny!
Sat: Actually - my Pocket PC comes with Voice Recognition - and it is rather good - i.e. it works well - even with background noise. However, it’s limited to a few commands - e.g. to launch applications etc. And you’re right about the battery life issue - I’m hoping that fuel cell technologies will result in weeks or months of battery life.