Iâ€™ve made a few changes to my technology travel bag from last year.
My loadout for ASHP Midyear 2014 consisted of a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Iâ€™ve since sold my Surface Pro 3 (SP3) and replaced my Galaxy S5. The SP3 was a great machine, but at the time I felt that I needed a better mobile keyboard experience. In hindsight, it was the wrong move. I used the SP3 to take handwritten notes, mark up PDFs, etc, and I desperately miss the active digitizer and pen support. I hope to remedy that problem with a Surface Pro 4 at some point in the near future.
My Galaxy S5 was a great phone. It went everywhere I went for more than a year, at times acting as my only â€œcomputerâ€. I used it for obvious things like calls, text messages, emails, etc â€“ as well as to play games, listen to music, take photos, check my social media feeds, and so on. Iâ€™ve recently replaced it with a Samsung Note 5.
This yearâ€™s ASHP Midyear loadout will include:
- Yoga 2 Proâ€“ Same as last year. The Y2P will act as my primary workhorse. I will be using it to compose blog posts and manage photos and videos that I capture while walking around the exhibit hall. The only difference from last year is an upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
- Toshiba Encore 2 Write â€“ Remember above when I said that I missed having a Windows tablet with active digitizer and pen support? Well, the Encore 2 Write is my solution for the time being. The Write will likely go with me everywhere I go while Iâ€™m at Midyear. Itâ€™s small and light enough that I can carry it around, it offers great pen support for note taking, and has just enough horsepower to be productive. It does not replace the SP3, but itâ€™ll do for now.
- Note 5 â€“ Iâ€™ve been wanting to try a Note for a while. Finally pulled the trigger, and I donâ€™t regret it for a second. The Note 5 is big, beautiful, well made, fast, the screen is crystal clear and bright, the camera is second to none, the pen experience is phenomenal, and the battery life is good. What can I say, the Note 5 is the best smartphone Iâ€™ve ever owned. Period. Iâ€™ll be using it to manage my calendar, make calls, send texts, read and respond to emails, etc. I will also be using it to take photos and videos when possible. Not to mention that Iâ€™ll be using it to take handwritten notes. Itâ€™s possible that I will leave the Write in my room and try to go it alone with the Note 5. I see no reason why I shouldnâ€™t try.
In addition to the three machines above, Iâ€™ll also be carrying various cables, adapters, and external chargers for my smartphone.
And there you have it, my ASHP Midyear 2015 technology loadout.