I currently lug around: a phone, a MacBook laptop, an iPod, a small camera, and way too many cables and power supplies. Amazon’s Kindle is interesting, but adding an eBook reader to my pile doesn’t help. This is really about convergence: why do I need to buy something new to read eBooks?
What I really want: a Small Device that I always carry in a pocket, and a Big Device that I carry in my laptop case or in my backpackingmall luggage.
The Small Device is a telephone, video phone, content reader, audio player, video player, Web surfer, digital camera, etc. It’s dominated by the screen (e.g. as large as possible), and it uses a high-quality touch and gesture interface. It has great wireless connectivity. The iPhone is the closest current offering.
The Big Device is nearly identical, but with a much larger screen. It may also have a keyboard, or may clamshell like a laptop but with two screens, allowing you to touch type (or use other gestures) on the bottom screen. It has an “always on” UI — it doesn’t boot like a laptop, it’s just there.
Big and Small are totally synced. If I take a picture on Small, I can immediately view it on Big. If I stop reading a book on Big, I can resume reading at the same spot on Small. They both have great displays, tons of storage, and long battery life.
(And eventually, Big may go away, because I’ll have a big screen display in all of the places I live and work.)
Phones and MP3 players have already converged — how long until we get to this milestone?