Over the past many months we’ve been trying to find a good working solution that would allow us to manage just a single computing device instead of keeping up with a desktop at the office and a laptop and/or tablet at home, etc. Having to keep up with multiple devices means possibly having to manage multiple system and software updates which can be quite a headache at times.
We’ve tested some pretty cool stuff and are getting very close now to having a single computing device so we wanted to share with you a little bit about what we’ve experienced so far. To be able to get away with using just a single device it would have to be something that you could easily bring with you anywhere you go, similar to a laptop or a tablet but maybe even smaller, like a mobile phone which can just fit in your pocket.
So let’s think about that for a second…what if you were able to use just your phone when it comes to both work and pleasure? Phones today are becoming just as powerful as a laptop or desktop PC. Some of the obvious problems are that the screen is really too small to work on for long periods of time and the mouse and keyboard aren’t very practical either when it comes to getting real work done. However, there are other things you can add to make working on a phone more practical.
For this demo, we’re using a LG Nexus 5 mobile phone. We just ordered the Xiaomi Note Pro which has a 2GHz Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, Adreno 430 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage space. Having a phone with specs like that will definitely provide you with more than enough power to turn your phone into your only computing device.
As you can see in the pics, the phone is connected to a 1080p computer monitor using a SlimPort adapter, which takes care of the screen being too small on the phone. We’re trying to eliminate the SlimPort adapter cable by using a wireless HDMI dongle but the high latency and occasional pixelated pictures can be a bit of an issue depending on what you’re working on. You could also mirror your phone to any TV with an HDMI port or by using a TV with Miracast built-in.
As you can also see in the pics, we’re using a Bluetooth mouse and a laser projection virtual keyboard to prevent us from having to use the phone for navigation and typing. We have another more standard Bluetooth keyboard with a small trackpad on the side but thought this projector keyboard would be more fun to use in the demo. Like with most things, it definitely takes some time to get used to.
The operating system we’re using on the N5 is Android 5.0 Lollipop but we’re planning to also test this setup out using Ubuntu as we feel that it could be a more practical everyday OS to use. Several companies out there, including Microsoft, Apple and Google, are trying to make their OS span across all devices. Once that’s the standard, and as phones become even more powerful, we really will be able to have one device to rule them all!