In the last week I’ve upgraded my office a little. I’ve traded my mobile office on the bus using my phone, for a more comfortable relaxing tablet on my knee on the sofa.
For the past 2 years as a part time writer for Droidgamers, I’ve always written reviews on my phone as my PC has been either tucked away or dead. It’s been fun, but not without its difficulties.
Let me say first of all, I never saw the point in tablets, not really understanding why people would want a larger phone that doesn’t make calls and doesn’t fit in your pocket. It just didn’t seem to have a point to it. However, as I’m now writing things for Land of Droid, as well as returning from retirement at Droidgamers, I found it increasingly difficult to keep up with my personal promise to myself. I promised myself I would do at least one article per site per week, enough to keep my “employers” happy, while small enough to fit into my busy schedule. As such, I got a tablet. I’m not sure if its just tablets in general, or the tablet I got. Being able to actually type on a physical keyboard to write stuff is a lot easier than typing a full article on a phone.
The tablet I have is the Advent Vega, running the latest Vegacomb rom with USB host. It’s a good size, not too heavy and conveniently has a USB port so I can connect probably the only working part of my computer to it…. the Keyboard. For writing reviews and articles, I’ve always use Evernote, as it easily keeps my things up to date and ready to edit on whatever device I’m using even if I don’t have my phone with me to transfer data. I can sign in on any compatible device with the app, log in on the website, or install it on the work computer (sneaky). It also allows me to simply share a link with people so they can see my progress on an article, or even share my notes on twitter and Facebook. The one thing it doesn’t do however, is keep images in the proper places, usually meaning I have to label each image I add to the article and ask the site editor to place the images in the appropriate places. Just ask John how annoying it can be, he added the pics from my last article with the phone repairs (sorry :D)
Because Evernote has a few issues with images, I’m currently experimenting with different office type apps I can use on the tablet. For this article I’m using OfficeSuite Pro. The standard version of OfficeSuite is often pre-installed bloatware on certain devices, and is often one of the first things people force remove or complain about. In all honesty, with the pro version I haven’t found a fault with it….. Yet. One of the main features I needed from the app was some kind of synchronisation with my other devices. OS Pro allows me to link up both my Dropbox and Box account, so I have absolutely no excuse for losing work. I can’t remember how much the Pro version of OfficeSuite is, but I thought I’d try it as I had obtained it from the amazon app store several months ago when it was free for a day. We all love a freeby!
Another app I have found myself using to make writing easier, is WordPress. Yea I know what you’re thinking, “is he really going to do a mini review of WordPress?”. I’ll be nice and not go too much into it, but I will say it’s good, and does what it was designed to do, but not without its faults. I’ve often had to upload a single image at a time instead of uploading them all at once.
I’m not going to tell you everything I’ve done this week, but moving from a phone only, to tablet with a physical keyboard is almost like having my computer back, but more convenient. I can keep it under the sofa so kids can’t mess with it and get it out when needed, it takes a fraction of the time a laptop would take, and because it’s android it means I have access to hundreds of apps I’ve already purchased, many of them having a tablet interface making them even easier to use, and making me more productive.
Next week, whatever life throws at me :) take it easy folks
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