I got an email this morning from Astrohaus, and it got me thinking about writing while on the go.
Astrohaus is a startup that makes a couple pricy devices under the Freewrite brand. The first model weighs eight pounds, costs $550, and launched several years ago, and the second model (the Freewrite Traveler) costs $369 and is expected to ship next month.
The Freewrite are pitched as distraction free writing devices, but it would be better to describe them as frigging expensive digital typewriters. You can use them to draft a new work but you cannot use them to edit, proof, research, or do most types of writing like sending correspondence.
I would never buy one, but this morning’s email did get me thinking about the tech I use in place of a Freewrite, and that got me wondering about you.
Tell me, what is your solution for writing on the go?
My solution is an iPad plus a Bluetooth keyboard, and it came about almost as an accident.
I had originally gotten the keyboard a couple years ago to use with one of Onyx’s 13″ ereaders as a mobile writing solution, only to stick it on a shelf after that combination of devices proved to less than ideal. (While the ereader ran Android and looked like a tablet, it proved to be far less capable.)
I pulled the Bluetooth keyboard off the shelf this spring after I found myself taking only an iPad to conferences. (The limited functionality of an iPad really improved my concentration by keeping me from doing all my regular work).
I know I am not the first to combine an iPad and a BT keyboard, but the great thing about this combination is that I can write or edit any number of documents in Google Docs while also staying on top of my emails and taking notes during a panel. And since I don’t have FB or Twitter on the iPad, I can keep from getting distracted by social media.
My mobile writing solution cost me the same as the Freewrite Traveler, and does about fifty times as much.
How about you? What is your solution for writing on the go? Pen and paper? Smartphone? Alphasmart?