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Can my iPhone replace my laptop?

Written By: Gary on September 21, 2009 4 Comments

Replace my laptop? Not a chance! But the more I use it…

Previously I took my laptop everywhere. The iPhone has easily cut out 20%-25% of my dragging around a laptop; my rule is generally don’t leave home without it.

With my iPhone, I’m still connected to the world. I can read, I can forward and I can bookmark things and type (if I have to), it’s more than the basics. Of course I can watch and listen to all the “stuff” that’s on the iPod portion of the iPhone too. If I could get a bluetooth keyboard (or even a wired keyboard the plugs into the dock) I think I could drop carrying the computer around to 50% of what I used to do. I don’t really want to JailBreak my phone to do this. (FYI, this feature is now is iOS 4 for several iPhone models)

This keyboad looks huge, but it’s really the tiny wireless one from Apple.

I don’t even need the keyboard to work in all the applications (although I’d like it), I can just type in a special keyboard application then copy and paste into the program where I need the information.

I’d need an external battery pack for the iPhone though. I thought I’d already need to, but I generally leave it in the charger at home and I charge it in the car. It’s pretty rare that I notice that I’m running really low.

It’s been a while now that I’ve had the iPhone, but it’s still a new toy so I use it a lot but it’s pretty rare when I “need” to bring laptop along. The laptop is mostly just for typing these days.

Photo from Geeky-Gadgets and the linked page has a video of this working on the JailBroken iPhone…

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4 Responses to “Can my iPhone replace my laptop?”

  1. CT says on: 23 September 2009 at 10:22 am

    You’re part of a growing crowd who forsake a notebook/netbook for the iPhone; some estimate they can do a third of their everyday computer work from the pocket.

    I manage to get by with my iPod Touch most days, even though I’m usually carrying my notebook anyway — iTouch is easier to whip out and start inputting within seconds.

  2. Gary LaPointe says on: 23 September 2009 at 12:58 pm

    The other part is that many of those times I do have my notebook with me. I just choose to use the iPhone.

    And other times, I take the notebook with me in case I need/want to read/look-up something but I can do that without carrying it around since I’ve got the iPhone on me.

  3. CT says on: 24 September 2009 at 9:10 am

    Starting to sound like you’re carrying dead weight :)

  4. Gary from http://GarySaid.com/ says on: 21 September 2010 at 7:09 am

    They’ve now added this feature to iOS 4!!!

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