Friday, February 18, 2011

Does This Make One of My Devices Superfluous?

I've related how I use my smartphone as a laptop, a replacement for my desktop when I'm on the go, and now I suddenly have a netbook which can do many of the jobs that my phone already does for me.

I don't think so. Indeed, there are many tasks that are now duplicated across two or more devices, but there are many that are not.

One: I do not intend to enable the 3G access on this laptop. I know Google has provided an amount of time when I would receive limited volume free access through Verizon's network, but I already pay for access through Verizon's network, and see no reason to apply it at his time.

Two: my smartphone is set up to do many things that this netbook cannot do, among them, accessing my eBook libraries. This netbook, as far as I have been able to tell, can only run Google Books, and I would not be surprised if that indeed is its limit.

Three: my smartphone has become the standard method of access a lot of the internet tools that I use, including those that I use while sitting at my desktop computer. I may indeed use my desktop less, but I do not expect my phone usage to decrease.

So while there are certainly some functions that all three can do, there are plenty of functions that I already associate with only one of the choice devices, and in all likelihood, that device will continue to be the primary provider of that service.

Now, my mp3 player on the other hand, is superfluous.