This week in Mobile Tech Manor #2

mobile-tech-manor-large-22The week is almost over and it’s time to look back at the gadgets that came and went along with other tech stuff that played a part in Mobile Tech Manor (MTM), aka my home office. This weekly column will discuss the things that shaped how the week passed and give me a place to share anything of interest I found.

One gadget in

This was a slow week for devices in and out with only the ZAGG Rugged Book for the iPad Air 2 arriving. This ruggedized case protects the expensive iPad without adding too much bulk and weight to the svelte tablet. It is still an inch thick when closed, so it’s not for casual use.

See my review of the Rugged Book on ZDNet.

No gadgets down

No devices were sent out or otherwise disposed of this week. It was nice to have the status quo for a change.

Mobile devices I have my eye on

Even with all the devices that pass through my hands I’m always looking around for something useful. One such gadget is the Typo keyboard case for the iPad Air 2. I know, I really need another keyboard.

Typo Keyboard iPad AirWhat’s attracting me to the Typo is how thin it is, plus reviews claim the keyboard is really good. I write so much that a great keyboard can make my life much easier so I’ve been checking out the Typo. The only thing that’s prevented me from hitting the Buy Now button is the price of almost $200. That is so high for a keyboard, especially when I already have quite a few. Maybe in a moment of weakness I’ll hit the button.

Update: After writing above about the Typo’s price, I checked online (for the 100th time) and the price has dropped to $150. It’s going to be hard to pass up now.

I’ve also been checking out the Surface 3 tablet. I am currently without a WIndows device and I like everything about the Surface 3. I’d need the keyboard cover of course, so it’s not a cheap purchase. I do think it would be the perfect way to get started with Windows 10. Maybe Microsoft will run a fantastic promotion — that might get me to part with the bucks.

App aggravation

It’s hard to believe that in this age of retina displays and mobile devices with super high resolution screens that there are still some app developers that don’t get it. I’m talking about the apps that offer no way to manually set the font size to a comfortable level.

I test a lot of apps and I see this regularly, particularly on the iPad mini 3. It’s a relatively small screen with high resolution, and while it doesn’t happen often, occasionally I’ll open a new app and the text will be so small it’s illegible. I’ll search around and look for a text/font size setting and if I don’t find it immediately the app goes in the dustbin.

Even worse than discovering a new app lacks font sizing is when an app I’ve used for a long time lacks this setting. This week Evernote on the iPad mini 3 has been aggravating the heck out of me for the lack of text control in the editor.

I use Evernote every day, it’s my primary editor for writing. I usually use the iPad Air 2 for this work and the text size is small but usable. This week I’ve been using the smaller iPad mini 3 a lot and the text in notes is too small for my eyes. You can pinch and zoom to make text bigger, but this is not a proper solution as it forces text off the screen on both sides. I end up dragging the editor window left and right to see what’s zoomed off the display.

What makes this so annoying is Evernote on other platforms offers full font control. It’s especially good on the MacBook, so why isn’t there reasonable control on the iPad? Please fix this oversight, Evernote.

Wrapping up

So that’s what happened this week in Mobile Tech Manor. It was busy as usual, in fact the week seemed to fly by. There were some minor technical problems with jkOnTheRun due to the web host, but only for a few hours and it was quickly back in full swing.

Thanks for stopping by MTM and be sure and come back to visit. I love having you drop by.

3 thoughts on “This week in Mobile Tech Manor #2

  • August 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I’d like to see you review the Surface 3, James. It’s a device I’m considering buying and I’d value your thoughts.

    • August 2, 2015 at 3:14 am

      The Surface 3 does look good Paul, isn’t there a no questions asked 14 day return policy if you buy it from the Microsoft store?

  • August 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Agree on Evernote. Not just font control, but overall, Evernote for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows all feel very different, and it’s hard to believe they are from the same company under the same title. Evernote teams really need to talk to each other more often, and leadership should lead more consistent experience across the platforms.


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