Last July, +Dick Eastman wrote in a post about a Kickstarter project he was backing. I looked into it and decided to become a backer of Remix Mini by Jide Technology.
|Remix Mini. Yes, it is truly this small.|
The Remix Mini was promoted as the first Android based PC. At that point the only thing I knew about Android was that it is the primary operating system for most smartphones and tablets.
Although we're both techies, my husband and I are waaaaaay behind the curve when it comes to handheld devices. We use our phones only as phones. I get and respond to an occasional text - less than once a month - from one my kids or my brother. As for tablets, the iPad is not in our budget; nor has been any other tablet that has a screen that we feel is big enough.
Finally, now, prices of 10 inch tablets are coming down to our level. So the question becomes which OS to choose. We've both been Microsoft users since way before Windows and still are. (We managed to avoid Vista and Windows 8.) Should we stay in the Windows family with a tablet, or should we look at Android devices? The Remix Mini looked like a good opportunity to get to know Android, and to consider what our next PCs might be when ours finally bite the dust.
My Minis arrived this past week (I got two of them) and I've been exploring Android. So far, I'm very favorably impressed. Remember that I'm looking at this device as a possible full PC replacement, not as a small mobile device.
My verdict, thus far, is that it could work - mostly. The lack of a hard disk is negated with the use of flash drives and mini SanDisk memory cards, a local network drive, and cloud storage. I suppose the lack of a CD/DVD device could be taken care of with an external device. Of course there is still the issue of major software applications like Photoshop, and most genealogy software. But Android's design for small devices means that it simply is not as robust as operating systems designed for large systems. Android is easy to navigate and very intuitive. I am still in the early stages of exploration and learning so I'll reserve judgement on the OS for now.
I am writing this post using Google Docs on my Mini. I'll get back to genealogy before too long.
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