Those of you interested can check out these lists of what I've been reading and what gadgets I'm using (and have used).
The Long Version
My Reading List
One of my resolutions for 2010 was to read at least one book every two weeks. Having kept track of everything I read, I figured I might as well share it - hence Reto Meier's Reading List. Some observations from reviewing the list:
- Favourite Book: Music for Torching by A. M. Holmes.
- Most Read Author: Philip K Dick accounted for 4 of the 23 books I read in 2010.
- The Kindle Effect: I read 6 books in 2 months on Kindle versus 17 in the 9 months before.
- Hardcover versus Paperback: 12 hardcovers, 6 eBooks, 5 paperbacks.
My Gadget Compendium
I often get asked which gadgets (Android powered or otherwise) I'm currently carrying around. These days the list seems to change every month or so, so for easy reference I've put together Reto Meier's Gadget Compendium.
I'll update it whenever a new gadget gets slightly less top secret, or something gets retired from the active lineup. A couple of observations from looking at my current lineup and the honorably discharged:
- Rate of Innovation: From 2 phones in 5 years, to 5 phones in two years since the G1 was released in 2008.
- Size: Everything (except my Netbook) has gotten thinner, lighter, and sleeker. There's also a distinct movement away from physical keys / buttons -- my SE P910i had a qwerty keyboard, dial pad, and a 5 function scroll wheel, my Nexus S and Galaxy Tab have only power and volume keys.
- Connectivity: The only pieces of old kit with a mobile data connection where the phones. Now the only gadget in my bag without 3G is my camera. Which reminds me, I must pick up an Eye-Fi card.
With a broader variety of Android devices scheduled for release this year it'll be interesting to see if they replace or augment my existing collection of portable gadgets. I'd love to replace the netbook for a Chrome-powered variety, but I'm not sure I can imagine writing a whole book without Word so I'm not sure if that's on the cards.