Wireless Train Travel
Comfortable space and web access make train travel an attractive option. You can both work and play.
I really enjoyed using my iPod Touch on our Portland trip. The large drop-down table served as a good desk, with plenty of room for my folding keyboard and its stand. Using the Pages app, I could draft blog entries without worrying about losing connections. Wi-Fi was available when I wanted it.
(Kyanne was web surfing, so preferred to rely on her 3-G connection, which seemed a bit more steady.)
We also used the mobile devices to read books downloaded with a Kindle app. The 2″ x 3″ screen takes a little getting used to, but soon it becomes second-nature to click the side to advance. The screen holds about 60-70 words, about as many as in this paragraph. Easy reading on a lighted screen.
As a smart-device novice, I have trouble surfing the web on a small screen. If I don’t have reading glasses with me, it’s especially difficult. Despite Scottevest’s having made a special pocket, I would not want to lug around iPod. I plan to write on the road and want a traditional keyboard. (And I can freeload on Kyanne’s better eyes and more nimble fingers for the searches we need.)