On a separate note, I came across this interesting portable keyboard. It'd work with my Android phone's USB OTG functionality, making it potentially useful in certain use cases. It'd be more pleasant to use than my netbook's keyboard, but on the other hand the netbook is definitely a lot more capable than my phone...
...to be able to run on devices that aren't rooted.
You mean you have not rooted the phone? For me it's pretty obvious that before trying anything far-out with an Android phone you should be able to become root.
In my phone the space is just 200 MB, so in order to make any systemic rebuilding there, I have to be able to wipe it out completely. I am not thinking about it much yet, as the phone is quite functional and I need it as phone. For occasional fun I have installed a terminal emulator and played around with it. I even found a few commands that work in the terminal, for example exit.
Say, you photograph a trip with your smartphone. Then you meet up with the extended family. And there's that TV with HDMI connector just standing there. Why not make it useful?
For example, I am typing this message on my travel keyboard connected to the smartphone and it works pretty darn smooth. To connect the smartphone to TV or some other big monitor via HDMI would also be awesome.
What's a datashow?
Sure, I think that's a fantastic concept. But afaik only Ubuntu and Windows phones can really use that potential.
I suspect @Barulheira meant slideshow. I have used my previous smartphone to go over my slides, so using it to do the showing isn't a big leap.
Really? What potential is missing in this Android usage?
Quote from: ersi on 2016-04-26, 15:41:10Really? What potential is missing in this Android usage?The potential that's missing is that it's not a "real" computer. Pretty cool if you want to show some Android stuff to other people, but barely harvesting the potential.
Case in point, my phone is faster than my 2010 netbook, has more memory and a better GPU. It's only storage space in which it's inferior.
And let's face it, tablets are the new netbooks.
And smartphones with a screen above 4" are really tablets. With a big enough screen and a strong enough processor they are as good as netbooks, except that netbooks have a bigger number of useful sockets.
In spite of its clearly visible pixels, the simple fact that its screen is twice the size makes my netbook significantly more suited for actual computing. I hold my smartphone in front of my face, but I can't edit that way. If I put it down, it's too small and/or the position is awkward.
That being said, in principle I don't need to see what I'm typing as long as I'm just jotting down thoughts and I could just as well use vim or something.
The biggest problem is that there's no such thing as easy file sync like I'm used to across my devices,...
Also I could hardly do things like SVG editing on my phone right now, mouse or not. Admittedly that's more for fun than anything else, but still.
I have one of these and I don't complain about awkward positions or too little visibility. Comfy covers not available for your phone?
What devices? Syncing between a phone and a computer is as easy as taking the microSD card out of the phone and putting it into the computer. Or even easier - connecting the phone itself to the computer.
If MHL worked, this would be no problem. And even without MHL, there are ways to attach a bigger screen to your phone. I bought an extra monitor because I could not read scanned old books properly on the notebook screen
I don't consider those comfy. Also, at the camera stand.
I use Dropbox and Unison (and Git) ov:er the network. Of course Unison works perfectly fine with physical disks as well, but that's a giant early 2000s-style pain.
But why would I want to do that right now?
What do you consider comfy then? And those with any interest in photography don't laugh at camera stands.
There's a Dropbox app where "select all" to download is missing. There's also Agit app to do Git. Give it a try.
Something that doesn't add bulk in my pocket. Like my phone sock.
For my purposes Android is woefully inadequate as a netbook replacement, even if we ignore for a second that if I used my phone as a netbook, I'd be at a potential risk of running out of phone.
It doesn't protect the phone's screen.
The only thing missing on the smartphone is an OS/window manager of my choice.
For my purposes, having a decently portable laptop and a fairly powerful smartphone, a netbook feels superfluous
Anyway, to protect from accidental drops or some such I've got the bumper case.
Quote from: ersi on 2016-04-27, 13:07:01The only thing missing on the smartphone is an OS/window manager of my choice.That's been my point all along.
...to pretend that its size is comfortable is silly,...
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