• How many devices do you use daily?

    By Josh , January 29, 2013 - Leave a comment

    Technology is king our ever increasingly connected lifestyles; Facebook, email, Skype, online shopping, the pervasiveness of technology in our devices has been documented and commented on countless times. Thinking about the ways we communicate, there are countless devices we can use both at home, at work and on the move. So just how many do we utilise?

    I use a few devices on a daily basis, although my list might be quite small compared to others. Personally I use:

    • Smartphone (Nexus 4) for mobile communication – texts, calls, emails, social media, news, music and gaming
    • Toshiba laptop for personal use – social networking, news, work and gaming
    • A desktop PC at work
    • PlayStation 3 – gaming, video streaming, DVD & Blu-ray
    • HDTV & Virgin Media package – On demand & live television

    Other bits of technology hang around my flat, portable games consoles (Nintendo DS), digital camera, hi-fi system etc. but none of these are used on a real daily basis and are now nowhere near the peak of current technology.

    Others may have a more extensive list; perhaps a Smart TV with Internet access, tablet computers, iPods and mp3 players, Internet ready audio systems and cameras, multiple games consoles, standalone GPS etc.

    Interconnectivity is also the next big step with technology. Some protocols and technologies are designed to allow devices to be able to communicate with each other to share information – NFC has been adopted in many high-end smartphones recently and DLNA has existed for a long time, although some manufacturers have a bad habit of putting proprietary software on top so only their devices can speak to each other. My laptop and PlayStation communicate directly using DLNA and my Nexus 4 has Wi-Fi direct capabilities – an updated future Smart TV or dongle will mean I could use Miracast to mirror the screen to another display.

    So the question is how much technology do you own and how much of that is on a daily or very regular basis? On top of that, how much of your technology would you consider to be mobile and/or portable? Finally how much of it is interconnected – are you well on your way to creating the digital home of the future?


    Josh joined Clove part time a few years ago whilst studying Computing at Bournemouth University. Since finishing his studies he has remained at Clove in a full time position, involved in sales, returns and social media. Involved with both consumer electronics and software since the mid 2000s, keeping up to date with industry developments is as much a hobby as it is a job. Easy going but never afraid to share an opinion, Josh can often be found in his spare time listening to some heavy rock or at a local gig as well as playing with the latest gadgets and video games.


  • Hi..
    1)Google Nexus S and Lumia 900 for voice communication.
    2)Dell streak 7 while traveling in the car for browsing.
    3)Acer A 700 pad in the office and Desk top also.
    4)Acer laptop and Acer iconia at home for web browsing..
    life is good with all gadgets..

  • My S3 and home desktop are used daily.

    My Transformer Prime is used perhaps every other day, mainly for casual gaming but aso for browsing when my desktop isn’t convenient.

    My PS3 is hardly ever used. I prefer my PC (and Steam) for the little non-Android gaming I do.

    I’m certainly looking forward to Miracast, particularly the Netgear PVT3000 which supports both Miracast and Widi (I don’t have any Widi devices but options are good). By the way there don’t appear to be any UK sellers of the PVT3000 as yet ;o)

    Here’s some info about the S3 and the PVT3000: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1847290

    I see technologies such as Miracast as extremely important; for example I want my tablet to be a window onto my phone rather than a separate device. They have very similar insides, in fact my phone is more powerful, so why do I need two copies of Android to maintain? Also if I’m doing something on the phone and decide a larger screen would be useful I want to be able to just pick up the screen and carry on, not prat about opening whatever it is up on the tablet and getting to the same spot.

    The Asus PadPhone was a step in the right direction, but the devices need to be connected wirelessly and with no manufacturer lock-in so I can use, say, a Samsung phone with an Asus tablet.

    Initially what I’m talking about will probably be achieved with full tablets that have something like Splashtop or Miracast; however at some point the tablets can become dumb clients to reduce cost, weight, size and power consumption.

  • – my Galaxy Note 2 (brand sparkling new) for everything mobile (before I used a S2 and Galaxy Tab 7.7)
    – desktop PC at work
    – Lenovo M90z AIO PC at home
    – occasionally my Galaxy Camera and said Galaxy Tab 7.7

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