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Travelling to New York for the day, and writing this on the go

October 15, 2011

I’m going to try an experiment. I’m typing this post completely on my rooted NOOKcolor using a simple Notepad app that I downloaded from the Android Market last night. I’m doing this because right now it is 6:20am and I’m on a train to New York. Thus, I have no Wi-Fi connection and can’t use the WordPress web interface like I normally do to write posts. If you’re reading this at all, we’ll know that my experiment worked.

This isn’t the first mobile post I’ve written. Now and again I’ll use my NOOK or my phone to post via the WordPress app that I have. But those were always very short, a few sentences or so. They have certainly never been paragraphs long. The fact is that a virtual keyboard just isn’t as easy to use as a laptop keyboard, especially when it’s on a screen like my phone.

That said, one of the great features of the NOOK is that it has a full 7″ touchscreen; and when turned lengthwise it gives you a virtual keyboard that’s meant to be much better for typing. That, as much as anything else, is why I’m writing this post. I want to know exactly how useful this keyboard really is. As it turns out, and now that I’ve been typing on it for 10 minutes or so with very few mistakes, I have my answer. It actually works really well.

Part of the reason for this might be that I’ve always been a bit of an index finger typist anyway. And to type on even a large virtual keyboard requires that one use mostly just those two fingers. It’s a tactile thing really, as on a real keyboard that’s properly sized you can feel where the keys are. And after a while you don’t really even have to look anymore to know that you’re usually hitting the right keys with many more than just two fingers. But on the virtual keyboard you do have to watch where you’re typing. Even so, it’s much faster to do that that to try and type on a smaller screen with your thumbs.

Anyway, I think that I now know how useful my NOOKcolor will be for writing while travelling. On short trips, I can likely leave the laptop at home completely. I like that. All that’s left now is to copy and paste this into the WordPress app and wait until I find some sort of Wi-Fi to upload it for all to read. Once that’s done, my experiment can be called a success.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2011 3:48 pm

    It worked! I got it over here on the Prairie! and .. hmm.. maybe I will look into that nook thing for when I am travelling – I have never had one and did not realise you can write and send on the thing as well! maybe I should start paying attention.. ok my typing finger is getting tired i have to go!.. c


    • October 15, 2011 3:53 pm

      The NOOK is great for travelling. I am an e-reader convert. That said, I also rooted mine; so it does a lot more than it would normally do out of the box. The good news is that you can do that fairly easily. Thanks for reading!


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