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My name is Dominic and I am a first year Psychology student at the university of Adelaide, South Australia. Before that I was a Network Engineer for six years, but I’m trying something different!
I wanted to thank you for developing the Adam.
I know what it is like trying to roll out a national network expansion, all the while with people breathing down your neck and telling you how much money they are going to lose if you make a mistake. I suspect you are under similar stress while bringing your first product to market, so I wish you the best of luck and my thoughts are with you.
My reason for writing is that I wanted to share some of my thoughts on what I will use my Adam for. I got to thinking about this as I looked at all the electronic (and paper) things I have to carry around with me at university. How many of these could I get rid of if I had the Adam, I wondered?
After pondering my list for a while, I realised that the Adam could potentially replace ALL of these things. Here is how:
If Adam has the ability to run some kind of word processing or office software (Open Office?), I could use it to write assignments. I could take a small Bluetooth keyboard and perhaps some kind of little stand for the Adam, then set it up on a desk at University or at home, so as to do serious writing. In addition to productivity I could browse the web, watch recorded lectures and check my email.
Audio recorder/MP3 player:
I could use the Adam to record lectures, which would also allow me to take photos or videos of the presentations which are projected. This would be much easier than my current system, which requires me to load the recordings onto my laptop from the recorder and download lecture notes separately from the Univeristy website.
I would really, really love to get rid of my mobile phone! The fewer electronic devices I have to carry, the better. If the Adam can make phone calls and supports voice dialling, I could just buy a Bluetooth headset and wouldn’t even have to take Adam out of my bag. How wonderful it would be to simply push a button on my headset, speak a contact name or number and make a phone call! The brilliant thing about the Adam is that is has such good battery life that I could actually use it to replace my mobile phone, providing I put it on charge every night when I got home.
What could possibly be better than four kilograms of textbooks? Actually many, many things… But I think that Adam would be a fine replacement. A lot of the books which I require for my course are either available from the University in electronic form (for internal resources) or in eBook format from retailers (for text books). The Adam’s PixelQi screen and long battery life would mean that I could pore over these for hours, while not hurting my eyes, carrying heavy books or worrying about library loans.
I really like my Science Fiction novels, so it is nice to have one or two with me in my spare time. Dan Simmons’s ‘Olympus’ weighs almost as much as another text book, so I would certainly welcome the ability to carry it around with me in electronic form.
Notepad and pens:
I like to take notes during lectures, while writing assignments and during conversations with my lecturers and tutors. You never know when something important might come up, so it pays to be ready to write it down. I could use the Adam for this, be it via an on-screen keyboard or with some kind of handwriting recognition. Either way, most of my notes are short and should not be a problem to use the Adam’s touchscreen for.
Chargers for phone, laptop, etc:
The one feature which I think is being neglected the most by the media is Adam’s fantastic battery life! This alone would be enough to tempt me, as it means I can use Adam all day, making phone calls, typing essays, recording lectures and reading books without ever needing a power socket! Even if it only lasted 8 hours (assuming my use was heavy), this would be enough to see me through my day and back to somewhere I can plug it in.
No more resorting to writing on notepaper because my laptop is flat, nor searching for a desk which is next to a power socket.
Adam’s battery life is a truly wonderful thing, and one of the main reasons I want to use it to replace my laptop (and mobile phone).
All in all, the Adam sounds like it will be a REAL convergence device – a far cry from the other tablets entering the market. Many are trying to run Windows 7, but in doing so reduce battery life, over complicate things and basically just turn their products into laptops without keyboards.
I don’t want another laptop, I want a laptop/phone/textbook/audio-recorder/notebook/pen! 😉 It might even be fun to play the occasional game on Adam, but that is less important and would be taken care of by the Android App Store if we are able to use that in future.
I hope this email finds you all in good health and that everything works out well in the end!
Just got out of bed after prolonged viral fever (it still says 101 deg 😐 ). Have lots for you all (specially the concerned ones)
With Warm Regards