I remember when notebooks / laptops were just mobile computers, back then WiFi and mobile broadband weren’t available and mobile computing meant just working at some place besides your office desk.
Times have changed and with the availability of mobile connectivity, it opens a new horizon on what we can do while we’re mobile. We could now browse Youtube while sitting at Starbucks, sipping our daily dose of aromatic black liquid. We could be sitting with a group of friends, twittering away or having a live webcam broadcast just to communicate.
Limitation of Mobile Computing
The problem that almost all of us often encounter, is the running out of power. The bigger the screen, the stronger the processor, and the more activity done – there goes your power drain.
In my case, mobile computing has been very helpful in many ways other than browsing the Internet. Just last week I came by a situation where I needed to reach an unfamiliar place and had no idea which was the best route to take.
So I fired up my ASUS Eee PC 1002HA and dialed my Celcom 3G connection via bluetooth through my Nokia N81 8GB, just to access wikimapia. 😀
With that, I made it to the event just in time. 😀 And I need not worry about my mobile computing time as the Eee PC has a small screen and powered by the Intel Atom processor that consumes very little power. My phone on the other hand was powered via car charger (an interesting name, for a device that has nothing to do with charging your car.)
Attempting to Extend Mobile Computing Time
Not everyone has the luxury to just change their notebooks into a netbook, neither does everyone feel comfortable with having a small screen and keyboard.
So the best way to extend your mobile computing is to know what drains your power and minimize the usage. The LCD / LED panel and the processor are the key components that drain your power, and hard disk activity too. And sad to say, these are not something that you could swap and get away with it.
Remember, extending your Mobile Computing Time involves some sacrifice. 🙂 Knowing these little bits could be helpful for that extra few minutes that you wish you have.
Inside Matters In Usage Time
That’s why the puny netbooks could last a really long time for the average computing purpose, with the Intel Atom processor and small LCD, the power consumption is reduced. Some netbooks come with SSD instead of the usual hard disk, that helps power consumption even further. The low-power components help so much in reducing power consumption that it could be sustained even with a smaller battery pack.
What about you? Do you have any experience to share on how you extended your mobile computing time?