Darren Walters on the BBC site asks Is the future mobile?
Specifically, they want to know:
- Do we need to produce different content for mobile - or is it just the same stuff reformatted for your device? Do you want stories to be shorter on a mobile or the same as the web?
- Are you interested in different stories on the move - or would you want BBC News or Sport to be consistent across our different outlets?
- What about audio and video? More and more phones are capable of playing this. Is this important to you on a handheld or a distraction? Does your answer change if you don’t have to pay?
- Would you ever watch live TV on a mobile or handheld?
10 years ago I had one of these….
a Nokia Communicator 9000, running GEOSTM 3.0 on an INTEL 386 processor and 8 MB of memory
- 4 MB Operating System and applications
- 2 MB program execution
- 2 MB user data storage
And what would it do? - email, web browsing and it had a fax number with a usable QWERTY keyboard. The downside was it needed charging twice a day and there wasn’t a pocker big enough to put it in.
At the same time I was doing a lot of work with GPS…..and had one of these
A Magellan 5000DLX GPS - with 5 channels and was the size of a house brick…..and to display the postion on a chart or map I had to link it to a laptop.
And now I have one of these….
Yes, it’s a phone…..and I use it to send and receive email, websurf (Ok, I don’t do much browsing on it but it’s great for checking the accessibility of my project sites) and it has GPS. With the addition of TomTom 6 and a 2GB memory card I now have more functionality than I had with seperate devices.
The down side…….well that has to be the battery time. On standby it’s about 36 hours but if you dare to use it as a phone and for email it needs daily charging. Switch on the GPS and it’s flat within 3 hours.
I could use it for video as well but it’s the battery time that’s the killer……so is the future mobile - yes if you have a very long lead on your power supply