1. gadgetteer's Avatar
    Actually I was / am just thinking about the past several weeks about the PlayBook. Now the revelations that have come to light with the phones being announced and speced. I read an article a while back where a guy afixed some micro usb cables to his Nexus One and is using it as the main processor for his computer (I have the link if interested). According to the photos in the articles there were acouple of monitors, a keyboard and who knows what else being controlled by that "superphone/smartphone/pocket computer". That is just with a single core piece of equipment. Here now days dual core, triple core, and quad-core smartphones are spoken about as if already the norm. It isn't going to matter a bit how many cores that "smartphone" actually "pocket computers" may really have. They are not just phones anymore. These devices have intergarated into our society to the point that I don't leave the house without it. I'll leave my watch at home but not my smartphone.

    All those folks that were screaming Rim's demise the noise has softened it seems. The screams of how the loyal Blackberry customers were ripped off all these years with very little improvement to the devices. No body held a gun to our heads as we signed that new contract and paid for our new Blackberry. We knew what the new specifications were and how they had changed. We bought what we knew worked for us. Just like today everyone here will go out there and purchase the smartphone of their choice, I hope you will all be absolutlely satisfied with your choices. Don't discount Blackberry just yet. As long as their machines do what they are supposed to do there will be folks that will use them.

    At a speed that the hardware and software can handle will be fine. It doesn't matter how many cores you cram into a smartphone based format if the software and hardware can't work together optimally you have not gained a thing. With the form factor that is being dealt with there are going to be compromises, screen resolution, battery life, power for those 4 cores which may or may not be running 100% at all times. I am not saying these things can't be done , My question is how many people are going to be able to keep up with that pocket computer processing all that data all at once??
    01-15-11 08:29 PM
  2. BergerKing's Avatar
    The key question then becomes, how much is too much? I'm waiting for one of the power demons to get an email one day and instead of a ringer it justs bursts into flame.

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    Last edited by BergerKing; 01-15-11 at 08:40 PM.
    01-15-11 08:34 PM
  3. the_sandman_454's Avatar
    I hope there is never a limit to the power of new devices. I just hope battery technology evolves at a sufficient rate to keep the experience pleasant. I sure wouldn't mind having a phone powerful enough to replace my laptop. Just give us a docking port to plug in so we can use a real keyboard, mouse, big monitor, and other accessories.
    01-15-11 10:11 PM
  4. Rootbrian's Avatar
    I hope there is never a limit to the power of new devices. I just hope battery technology evolves at a sufficient rate to keep the experience pleasant. I sure wouldn't mind having a phone powerful enough to replace my laptop. Just give us a docking port to plug in so we can use a real keyboard, mouse, big monitor, and other accessories.
    this would be a plus.

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    01-15-11 11:11 PM
  5. breakmedown's Avatar
    I hope there is never a limit to the power of new devices. I just hope battery technology evolves at a sufficient rate to keep the experience pleasant. I sure wouldn't mind having a phone powerful enough to replace my laptop. Just give us a docking port to plug in so we can use a real keyboard, mouse, big monitor, and other accessories.
    The only problem is this isn't happening. They've only just recently started trying to revamp batteries (both in large scale for the power grid, medium scale for things like hybrid cars, and small scale for cell phones) and they really aren't making much progress. This "minicomputers" are still mostly inefficient in terms of power use and heat production and are little different than the way laptops have been evolving over the years. Their focus is getting more processing power out of the same power usage vs access to more power.

    That being said, as screen resolutions, 3D graphics, and processors progress, there's going to come a point when they really need to sit down and create a better more effecient battery. So far not so good with that. Atleast not from what I've ever seen.
    01-15-11 11:21 PM
  6. gadgetteer's Avatar
    All are correct on all accounts, imo. The battery is still being the key to that powerhouse pocket computer we want in place of our laptops. The article I feferred to has a You Tube version called Nexus One USB Host Mode. This is what got me thinking that what we carry around with us on a daily basis for music, communication, data, etc, etc. is just the brain os to run our computer(s)/ console at home. Just take it out of ouir pocket, put it into the computer dock it switches on (recharges, downloads, prints, plays music, movies, video calls, etc. This guy just proves it can happen on a single core no less. Some times less is more. Battery technology for our purposes is a ways off I believe. The government is probably doing research since they too are deploying smartphones/pocket computers into the field. So to me it seems like power management is a plausible direction in which to go. Being able to shutdown sector/sections of our pocket computers depending on what we are using at the moment. So that is going to mean applications and applicatiuon developers are going to have to stop keeping track of our activities as they are also using our precious power supply.

    I bought a Android os machine, I can go into an area and turn applications off to conserve energy. It is probably possible in Blackberrys too? But I think we are all on the same page, heading in the same direction on what we would like to have (laptop replacement that fits in our pockets), the battery technology isn't going to worry about us for some time now, we need to be wiser on how we setup and use our computers when we are limiited in power. We may have to have that spare battery (just in case?) But I think it would be cool to walk into my house take my cmputer out of my pocket, dock it in into my main console, and hey there it is, just rock at home for the moment. Ready to run out if the need arises or the call comes in. We are the consumer, wield more power that we do. We seem to get led by the manufacturers instead of us leading them .
    01-16-11 01:33 PM
  7. JRZLocal's Avatar
    Actually this is starting to happen as seen in this video at CES. I'm not a big fan of ATT but this motorola atrix looks really cool and the accessories are supposed to integrate the mobile experience with your home office. Viddler.com - Motorola Atrix 4G, HD multimedia dock, and laptop dock hands-on - Uploaded by engadget
    01-16-11 10:55 PM
  8. gadgetteer's Avatar
    That's where it is headed, only better. Once docked there should be no interaction with the smartphone/pocket computer except to undock to start another day or go out on the town. It just can't get more direct than that,. where are those devs anyway?
    01-16-11 11:47 PM
  9. Rootbrian's Avatar
    Actually this is starting to happen as seen in this video at CES. I'm not a big fan of ATT but this motorola atrix looks really cool and the accessories are supposed to integrate the mobile experience with your home office. Viddler.com - Motorola Atrix 4G, HD multimedia dock, and laptop dock hands-on - Uploaded by engadget
    Viddler is one site I use to mirror stuff. Don't know why most geeks avoid it. Having the ability to download your own videos (unlike youtube or any site) is a plus as a great feature.

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    01-17-11 12:25 AM
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