Now I already know that that the newest smartphones on the market are pretty powerful and can do almost everything that a user would need however there are times when a full desktop or laptop fits the bill rather better. Trying to type a document on a smartphone can be rather tedious when compared to a laptop with its full office suite (whether it be Microsoft office, Libreoffice or something else).
Now with processing power and memory increasing every year on smartphones I think we have reached the point where they are approaching the processing power of laptops 5 years ago and this got me thinking. Is there a way to to have the best of both worlds? What I mean is a desktop when you need to ‘get things done’ and a phone when out and about. To this end I scoured the internet to see if such a thing was on the cards and found the Ubuntu Phone.
Anyone who knows anything about Ubuntu knows that they make a really good opensource operating system for desktops and laptops. Recently they have decided to have a crack at the phone and tablet market with Ubuntu touch and the initial progress looks very promising. Basically what they are trying to do is have a Ubuntu smartphone when out and about but when the phone is plugged into a docking station, and a keyboard and monitor added, you get a full desktop version of Ubuntu full of all your favourite productivity tools – Libreoffice, GIMP and so forth. Sounds good hey?
They are aiming for the phones to be out towards the end of 2013 and good luck to them. If they can pull this off then the market could be turned on its head overnight. Surely this is the way forward where we just have one powerful device which when docked (in an office, at home etc) expands its abilities and allows us to be productive rather than one device for this and one device for that.
Me I am waiting patiently to see how this pans out but the Ubuntu Phone is a very tempting prospect.
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