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Best way technologically to be connected on an x-country supported ride ?

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dminden1:
I ride with Driftlessregion - he is true to his word. Having said that, he cheats and calls home on my cell phone... My phone doubles as my bike computer. It has been very helpful to have the navigator, but we tour self-supported and have no sag to look ahead to turns, gravel, etc. It is rare in my touring experience to be far from towers. I do have a generator hub to keep it lit. My smartphone has a fantastic dictation for emails so there is no typing to be done.

staehpj1:

--- Quote from: driftlessregion on December 21, 2012, 09:21:56 pm ---I'm bringing: (all small and light weight)
a) a verizon connected 4G LTE tablet for off the bike internet, information, email - basically - a computer.

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--- Quote from: driftlessregion on December 21, 2012, 09:21:56 pm ---That's a lot of clutter, including the charging wires etc., but collectively, I think it beats the crap out of a smartphone - which is very expensive to buy and to have monthly service.

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I am confused.  Doesn't the Verizon 4G LTE tablet have all of those same disadvantages?

Some Guy Ridin:
I understand your confusion so let me explain...

A tablet is virtually the same thing as a smart phone yet there are some big differences. It's only $30/mo for 2G data transfer (more than enough), a month to month lease allows me to cancel service when not travelling, the screen is 10.5 inches and comes with a keyboard which enhances the ability to read and to communicate in long complete sentences vs. txt msg pckng on tny kybrd. Because of it's size, it functions better as a computer than a smartphone does and it's still light and somewhat compact.

I personally don't like trying to email, surf the web, skype, or play games on a smartphone - it's too small for my pork sausage sized fingers and makes it too hard to read with my much less than perfect vision.

During the ride, I'll have a small cheap phone (when I can get service), an old ipod for music and a camera that will take much better pictures than a smart phone.

Since I already owned everything but the tablet, this works out to be cheaper and better for me.

I hope that clears up your confusion.

Dr. John:
Any scientists out there know if Homo sapiens have been reclassified as colonial organisms?

DaveB:

--- Quote from: Dr. John on February 14, 2013, 01:28:09 pm ---Any scientists out there know if Homo sapiens have been reclassified as colonial organisms?

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Decades ago.  Where have you been?

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