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Offline geoffnelder

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Writing Devices
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:26:26 AM »
Can anyone suggest a really lightweight writing machine be it laptop or other? I'm finding my Sony Viao even at 1.2kg, without charger, is a tad heavy for cycling, backpacking etc. I used to use a Psion organiser decades ago but found when I transferred the not-quite-Word files to my home Desktop machine there were formatting issues created. Even so I could use such a device if it's easy to type on and files can be transferred via USB or memory card etc.

Ideas?

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Re: Writing Devices
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 08:55:26 AM »
I've been using an iPAD2 for about five years. Word and Excel for iOS are loaded onto it and I save my docs on a free Lockbox account so I can access the writing from any computer. The only drawback of the iPAD is getting used to typing on a touchscreen keyboard although there are accessories if you want a physical keyboard. Make sure you buy one with max memory if you plan on storing stuff like photos on it. Some apps run slow or even crash when memory is close to full.

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Re: Writing Devices
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 07:09:42 PM »
After posting above and struggling (takes forever to open windows and crashes a lot) with my aging iPAD2 when I'm using apps that need a lot of RAM and processing power, I broke down and bought an iPAD Pro, the 9.7 inch version, same size as the iPAD2. It's thinner and lighter (under a pound) can still use Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. FREE (Microsoft will not ask you to sign up for Office 360 if you are using a tablet device with smaller than 10" screen—one reason why I didn't go for the iPAD pro 12" size), has a processor that is 10x faster, almost 10x more ROM (I selected the 128G version), plus it has a 12 megapixel camera and can handle video like a champ. The screen automatically color balances to the same color space as used in the movie industry. A lot more features than I need for writing but great for all the other stuff I plan to do.

The single biggest thing that pushed me into buying it was actually the rising frustration I'm having with long wait times when opening new aps or opening web pages with the iPAD2. And the restarting required each time an app crashed. Time...a valuable part of life. You never know when it will run out, so try not to waste it.

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Re: Writing Devices
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2016, 03:02:36 AM »
We bought an iPad for grandson cos the educational apps his school urged us to use for homeworks only works on an Apple device. I'm impressed with it - and that's after decades of bias towards PC type kit. The only snag it seems to me is I find flat screen keyboards tiresome to use after an hour or two. I expect I can get a rollup keyboard to plug into it or use wireless with it but in the meantime a pal is loaning me an ASUS Chromebook - cheaper than a good meal with a red at Claridges and very light. Another pal and experienced editor and writer uses an even lighter, cheaper device
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Laptop-Netbook-Android-Latest-Software/dp/B0168I7XBG/

It has some terrible reviews but some great ones. So cheap I've ordered one to play around with.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2016, 11:29:07 AM »
Cheap is good if it works for you and holds up under the stress of a bike run.

I have had such good luck with the iPAD2 for five years that I decided to spend a few more dollars and stick with the brand and model. The added memory and processing power of the Pro version is icing on the cake, especially with more apps that hog both ROM and RAM memory to slow response time.

I learned that I can turn in the old one and get a $50 gift certificate with Apple. Will take some of the bite out of the cost of the new model. Maybe I'll use it for a Bluetooth connected keyboard. And not the Apple smart keyboard coz I've read some reviews that complain about poor quality, flimsy, etc., and the price is $150!

Good luck with the Netbook.
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Re: Writing Devices
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2016, 06:04:18 PM »
Some years ago I had an Electronic Organizer with a big LCD display.
For short pieces, and 'jotting down ideas' it can be practical.

Also the typing itself with the little keys might look somewhat unpractical
only with mainly using you tumbs on both sides of the divice - to my surprise -
does work pretty well.

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Re: Writing Devices
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2016, 09:56:09 AM »
I got an Ipad Air for my birthday, downloaded Scrivener and wouldn't be without it. Although I used to think I don't need an Ipad. A notebook and pencil are also always with me.
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Re: Writing Devices
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2016, 05:38:59 PM »
I cannot use my clumsy two-finger typing on anything less than a full-size keyboard. But it occurs to me that (if you don't mind appearing daft) you could get a digital recorder and later use a speech-to-text program at home. That way you could cycle along and talk your story.

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