Quote from: Faris Hanafiah on March 23, 2021, 11:47:23
Quote from: vertigo on January 28, 2021, 03:35:14
Agreed. I thought this was going to have some sort of slot to dock the phone into, but this setup really doesn't make sense. For the same price, I'd rather just get a cheap laptop and be able to do real work instead of an oversized toy OS "computer."
Lol, cheap laptop? At around $269 (without shipping cost since it depends on the country in question), all I can get with a so-called cheap laptop is a crap Intel Celeron CPU that can't even do multitasking and a lowly RAM, doesn't matter if it runs Windows 10 or Chrome OS. Plus, the NexDock has longer shelf life as it doesn't have any CPU or GPU driver inside it. When I upgrade my current phone to a latest one, the NexDock can enjoy the upgrade as well. Try that on a cheap laptop.
That's true about the upgradeability, but typically with stuff like this people will buy the newer, improved version after 2-3 years anyways, in which case that argument loses its standing. Meanwhile, you have a "laptop" that's very difficult to use as such, since you have it tethered to your phone by a cable. I bought a $250 Pentium-powered laptop a few months ago for temporary use while waiting for my new one to arrive, and it was surprisingly capable. I wouldn't want to use it long-term, but for someone who doesn't do much on their computer, i.e. just email, internet, office work, watching videos (as long as screen quality isn't too important), and even some coding or other things that aren't crazy demanding, it would be adequate.
What we really need is upgradeable laptops, like the model in a recent article. Of course, they ideally also need to be cheap. And yeah, using the phone as the touchpad sounds like a neat idea, I just wonder what kind of effect that would have on the "computer's" battery life, having to power the phone while its screen stays on. Can't be good. The real problem is the fact different phones have different shapes and sizes, different ports (though at least micro-USB has finally seemed to die with new phones, there are still plenty of existing ones out there with it), and different port locations.