Sure i don’t want a laptop bag full of things that do only 1 thing. But I also don’t want a laptop bag with only one device in it that does a lot of things, “ok”
I was having a beer with the LoDo Conversations guys after being a guest on the show, and was talking to Corey Gilmore about iPhones, and we got on the subject of Navigation. Corey had tried a great many of them, proclaiming the all sucked.
We looked at two of them at the bar, I agree, they looked pretty lame. One couldn’t even figure out we were in CO, and when Corey type Denver, it only offered up Denverton.
I’m all for the iPhone doing a lot of things, but navigation ain’t one. Google maps is just fine for a quicky, “Where the hell am I?” type need. If I’m taking a long trip i use my dedicated GPS Nav. It’s UI is specific to it’s purpose, and so is the hardware. No additional brackets needed, no cel service needed to help get a fix, etc. Turn it on, it works. If it runs out of batteries I can still make calls on my phone.
While it’s telling me where to go, I can also make and receive calls on my phone, go figure.
The Kindle (I’ve talked about this before) is another great unitasker. Any eBook reader is. I don’t want to read on my iPhone, or my laptop. Why? because I want to read a book that’s dedicated to doing one thing really well, making my reading experience great. Oh and I want it to be good for more than 4 hours on a charge, and when I’m done reading, I want to be able to pick up my phone and have it not be dead.
I also don’t want to surf the net on my eReader. The typical problem with the jack of all trades device, is that it does lots of things, ‘ok’ but nothing exceptionally. the Kindle (And I’d guess all or most other eReaders) let you read books exceptionally.
The Unitasker will always have a place in society and especially in technology.