On the run with the HTC Shift X9500

Although I’ve had my HTC Shift X9500 for a few months now and have been using it daily, today is actually the first time I’m using it away from home. I’ve taken it out before, sure, but I’ve never used it for mobile blogging.


I work almost exclusively from home, you see, so although I love mobile technology, I’m generally not a mobile user of it. I suppose you could say that I’m the anti-mobile portable tech enthusiast, the jklOnTheCouch to James and Kevin’s jkOnTheRun, if you will.

My husband works largely from the house as well, so we make it a point to leave our work at home whenever we go out. Today, however, is a bit different.


He got an unusual assignment today, so we spontaneously declared it "Bring Your Wife to Work Day" this afternoon and headed out the door together. I didn’t have a chance to do much at home before then, so I grabbed my HTC Shift to see how I’d be able to get on with it as my mobile office.

Despite the Shift’s subpar battery life, I left my Tekkeon MP3450 portable power station behind because I knew I wouldn’t be waiting for my husband for very long. I also left my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse at home because I get along fine with the Shift’s keyboard (which I’m typing on now) and navigational controls.

I’ve now been sitting in the cafe here at Clinical Labs in Ewa Beach for about an hour (emailing, reading RSS feeds, checking the forum, and writing this post) and am really pleased with the setup. My neck is getting a little sore from looking down at the screen, but with the Shift’s built-in HSDPA, interpolated 1024 x 600 resolution, 7-inch touchscreen, versatile form factor, and ease of use, I still stand by my previous statement that the X9500 is my hands-down current favorite UMPC.

Oh, and right on cue, there’s my husband. See you later!

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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