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Defining Mobility



Today I’m locked in a room with nine other mobile tech reviewers. We’re discussing mobile platforms and learning about AMD’s products and strategies.

Right now there’s a slide up on the screen that shows how AMD thinks of different notebook segments. There’s a note that reads:

“Mobility is a  function of screen size, z-height , weight, battery life & wireless.”

Do you think the above statement covers it all and which components of the definition matter most to you?  Thinness is certainly nice, but for me the most important component of mobility is battery life. A dead tablet or notebook is just a fancy paperweight if it’s out of juice.



  1. Steven

    11/03/2009 at 10:33 am

    I would add capability to the equation. It doesn’t matter how long it will run, how thin it is, or light it is- if it cannot do what you need it to do on the go, it is useless.

  2. Xavier

    11/03/2009 at 10:35 am

    Excellent point and something that should definitely be added to AMD’s statement.

  3. Kathy Jacobs

    11/03/2009 at 10:44 am

    I think ease of use should be on the list too. If my mobile device isn’t easy to use and doesn’t work consistently, I am not going to use it. No matter how long the battery lasts, no matter how light, no matter what else – If how it works doesn’t fit with what I need it to do, it’s staying home. (Think about the new Twitter device. It is a mobile device that only does Twitter. Compare that with the Kindle. For the same money, the multi-tasker wins.)

    That said – weight and battery life are the next most important on the list.

  4. Matthew

    11/03/2009 at 11:55 am

    Weight and battery life concern me most. I don’t really care how thick it is, but there is some limit on ‘screen size’ before it won’t fit in my sack.

    My additions:
    1) Value – This is a second computer so value is more important.
    2) Ruggedness – Impact resistant, susceptibility to scratches, no fingerprints! I get chances to wipe fingerprints off a notebook that usually sits at a desk, but not off of a piano black netbook.
    3) Comfort – In awkward situations. This includes things like flex in the body and hinges that don’t poke into your legs when opened.

  5. asH9

    11/03/2009 at 4:37 pm

    Mobility is a function of screen size, z-height , weight, battery life & wireless

    encompassing all the above is performance…

    thats why the XPPhone is such a buzz…hint, hint

  6. Jim

    11/03/2009 at 6:18 pm

    1. How big the power source is, how mobile it is when battery runs out.

    2. The “wow” factor is important to me–is it fun to use and pleasant and aesthetically pleasing.

  7. Realty

    11/04/2009 at 10:57 am

    Must it be used on a table! If you cant use it standing up, it is not portable. Laptops are mobile computers because you can easily move them around and set them up in a new location but to be mobile you need to be able to use it while moving!

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