Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

Kindle: the perfect PDA?

I wrote an article recently on the Clove Blog in which I wrote the following-

"Anyway, my idea was a mobile device similar to a PDA, but the size of the smallest Kindle. You would be able to store all of your personal data on it and it would ’never’ connect to the Internet. You could connect it to a desktop to transfer data to it, but the synchronised data would never be available to any other part of the desktop. Your device and the device-data held on your desktop would never go anywhere else, ever. It is a traditional solution that, if done right, would replace a paper notebook, but with search facilities, a colour screen and the ability to hold text, images and any other type of personal media. That is all it would do, but it could also deal with your PIM requirements including contacts, calendars and memos."

My idea was to see a PDA the size of a Kindle and simply use it for PIM related tasks. It makes sense to me, even if it likely does not for you, and I somehow like the feeling of a simple device that can manage my life without the distractions of email, entertainment and other things. I also very much like the form factor of the Kindle and feel that the size is near perfect for being mobile and still working in a usable area.

And then I started reading about the Kindle Touch and realised that part of my idea is already available. Take a look at the following screenshots-

All of the above are apps that will run on the Kindle Touch and which offer some of the functionality I was talking about. You may think I am crazy, but I can't shake the feeling of simplicity and how well a device like this would work. Maybe it is a hankering for the Psion days or maybe there is some logic to my thoughts, but the thoughts remain with me. And then I remember that part of the reason I like my Kindle so much is because it only does one thing, and that is to let me read without distraction.