Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Computing on the plane

I've used just about all my mobile computers on the plane:
  • Laptop (all sorts of screen sizes)
  • Convertible tablet PC
  • Ultra-mobile PC (Samsung Q1 Ultra)
  • OQO handheld computer
  • Smartphone
  • iPod touch (do you consider this a mobile computer?)
My conclusion is that laptop manufacturers should make a business computer that's just for the frequent flier.
  • This device would have a really wide, but very short screen. This way, when the person in front of you reclines back, you're still able to see your screen and type away. 
  • Speaking of the screen, it should have a security screen so that your neighbors can't see what's on your screen (you can buy these filters, but why not build it into your notebook?)
  • It should have a full keyboard so that you can type easily. 
  • It should have a built-in cup holder so that you can drink and work at the same time. 
  • It also needs a spill-proof keyboard.  (crumb proof would also be nice)
  • It should have an illuminating keyboard. (it's so hard to find laptops that have this - unless you get a Mac)
  • Battery life should exceed 8 hours. (and yes, it should be a user-changeable battery Apple!)

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