Most writers I know love stationery shops. I go in, browse through all the notepads (no matter how many I have already) and get obsessed with finding exactly the right one. That’d be the one that magically allows me to effortlessly write my novel and turn it into a best-seller, of course. It has to be the right size, with the right kind of hard cover, the right kind of binding, and the right kind of closure. If it turned my handwriting into something I could read after scribbling my cryptic notes, that’d be perfect. Then one of my friends asked a question about finding a lighter alternative to her netbook, and I got obsessed with finding the perfectly portable digital writing device in just the same way.
I own a trusty Samsung netbook N130 which I bought cheap second hand from ebay. It has a nice, almost full-size keyboard, comfortable to type on. It just fits in my biggest handbag and it only bends my shoulder a bit. The battery lasted about 4 hours (but has now died) and it runs a cut down version of sturdy, reliable old XP.
But hey, that was a few years ago and smaller, faster, lighter, better, more, right? I saw the Google Nexus 7 at the end of last year and fell in instant geek lust. Quad core processor that seriously kicks arse, a 7 inch screen small enough to take everywhere and big enough to be usable. It has 32GB storage (not expandable) and day long battery life (battery not replaceable), wifi and 3G. Latest Android operating system with option for future updates, no bloatware. I knew I was going to get it anyway, but first I had to find a way to justify it to myself as a writing device. So I did.*
But you can set up any Android device you already own to do your writing on for around £30. It just needs a screen that’s big enough for you to read what you’re typing. Details of my setup below the jump.