I want a phone that is a computer
August 3, 2011 5:35 AM Subscribe
I want an Android phone that I can use like a computer - keyboard, monitor, wifi. Does one exist? What is it?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon to Technology (4 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
So, I'm looking for a new phone. I want it to basically be a useful computer in phone form. Here's the features I'm looking for:
* Unlocked gsm (I use tmobil pay-as-you-go)
* HDMI output
* USB Host
* SD card slot (the bigger the better)
* As much ram and cpu speed as you can cram onto there
I want to have it in my pocket for phone-like things, and for pda-like things, but I want that, if I take it home, I can bust out my ergonomic keyboard and my monitor and use it like a computer.
My ergonomic keyboard is something I already own. It's a regular usb keyboard, not a "docking station". I want to keep using it.
I also want to sometimes plug an external usb nic into it so that I can plug it into ethernet.
I doubt I'll ever pay for 3G, since the plans are so unbelievably horrible. So that's not necessary.
Camera would be nice, but I could do without it if it's necessary to get the other things. Same with GPS.
What do we know? Does such a device exist? In phone form factor and not tablet form factor?
Also I'd like to install an ubuntu chroot on the phone, doing something like this guide http://androlinux.com/android-ubuntu-development/how-to-install-ubuntu-on-android/ (warning: view with noscript. Annoying pop-in overlay ads. I removed them with firebug)