Maemo UI improvements blog.

December 26, 2008

New Year Countdown Series: #6

Filed under: Heavy UI improvements — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 15:48

Let’s have a light break today, after good Christmas party :) Today I won’t show you any crazy UI mock-ups or even hardware schemes. Today I have a simple thought, that develops previous idea with “hot swap” battery. And I will not even hide it under “more” tag so everybody can read it and share opinion. I think that it would be great for future tablet device to have a cradle (or a dock station, whatever you call it) with slot for backup battery charge. Right now I have 2 batteries but I have to swap them into the device in order to charge. It’s really sucks. I know that there are standalone Chinese chargers but I think you’ll agree that out-of-the-box dock will give more points for the device in business and media power-users. I have to admit that it’s not my own idea – I had PDA Loox 720 before n800 and it has such a feature in it’s cradle. So there’s nothing new in it but I don’t understand why manufacturers ignore such a great thing.

Tomorrow I’ll continue to shot UI ideas on you so prepare your brain and hands for hot discussion!

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3 Comments »

  1. See also the thread “Tablet Companion Device” which has docking station discussed http://www.internettablettalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23704

    Comment by allnameswereout — December 27, 2008 @ 14:40

  2. What could be also done is to make swapping batteries way faster that it is nowadays: you have to shut down the device, swap the batteries, turn the device on.
    What about “stop” the device by hibernation ?
    Restart would then be faster and would consume less battery.

    Comment by Aniello del Sorbo — December 27, 2008 @ 20:06

  3. You can read my previous post here, Aneillo, I’ve already described my view about this problem :)
    Thanks for the link, allnameswereout, didn’t know bout this thread, really worth reading!

    Comment by Andrew Zhilin — December 27, 2008 @ 20:16


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