Post by polygonum
On Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:51:19 +0100, Nightjar
Post by Nightjar Post by Alan Post by Bill
I realise these things are basically toys,
But with a smartphone running Android you not only get the phone but a
camera, or two, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Motion sensors.
It's the combination of functionality in a mobile device that makes it a
Apart from using Bluetooth to link to my car for hands-free use, all
I want from a mobile phone is the ability to make and receive phone
Rumours have it that Apple will launch an iPod Touch with 3G
capability. And I might be tempted if they do. All the benefits of a
smartphone - but carry on using a cheap-ish ordinary mobile for phone
calls. And one very important reason is the much better battery life
you usually get. (Never as good as my old Nokia...) And the relative
cheapness of a replacement if you drop it or lose it. So long as the
connectivity charges don't end up being silly.
The one thing I hate about ordinary mobiles is the awkwardness of
sending SMS messages. But sending/receiving is the only other facility
I want from a mobile.
All very interesting, but........
I have no interest in having to carry around, like the children,
something like a piece of jewellery. I'm happy with my clamshell phone
which can live in my pocket and never rings anyone by mistake when I sit
I was asking about an Android 7 inch screen tablet, which appears to be
one of the ones where VIA make a chip, mount and sell it, assembled, to
a smiling Chinaman who sticks it into a plastic case and sells it to an
Englishman for a penny plus £49.99 postage.
I'm trying to work out whether I can make it remote control a PC
wirelessly on my local network. It's totally silent - no fan, HD or
keyboard noise - so ideal, for example, for controlling an audio
recording PC in another room, or able to be thrown in the car with a
webcam to use as a display for the solo hooking up of trailers.
There is a design fault - the usb sockets in wobbly adapter are too
close to the charger/psu socket - and I'm not yet sure whether Android
is, like the heel that killed Beos, difficult to use in a straight local
That's why I was asking about decent sources of information about
Android software and whether others are using this sort of device for