In recent years, as phones have appeared with more power and capacity than desktops had 10 years ago, I have imagined making my phone my primary computer.
Last summer, I think it was, I bought a keyboard for my Samsung Galaxy SIII - Targus's Universal Foldable Keyboard for Android Devices. Since then, I have loved being able to pull it out pretty much anywhere (including the break room or cafeteria at work) and start typing.
|Been loving my Targus keyboard ever since I bought it.|
In November, I bought a SanDisk 128GB SDXC Memory Card, and installed it, giving my phone more "hard drive" space than every computer I have ever owned but one.
And today, I learned of the existence of AndrOpen Office.
What's AndrOpen Office, you say?
OpenOffice, for those who don't know, is a free, Microsoft Office-compatible, software suite (you can learn more, and download it, here). I have used it for years on all of my computers.* And have wanted for years to use it on my phone.
Now, AndrOpen Office comes along (actually, it's been around for a year already), and BAM - wish granted.
I installed it right away, of course. And tried it out. And saw that it works. A document created with it is barely readable on my used-to-be-huge 4.8" screen - but it is readable. And it looks like I can move files freely between my phone and my desktop by way of Dropbox and Google Drive.
|AndrOpen Office on my Samsung Galaxy SIII.|
This delights my inner geek more than I can say. I will spend more time with AndrOpen Office in coming days, and will report back.
*(backstory) OpenOffice itself is a spinoff of an earlier product called StarOffice. When I started playing with Linux, back in 2000, the fact that there was no Microsoft Office for Linux was a huge hindrance to its acceptance. Then Sun Microsystems offered StarOffice 5.2 as a FREE download for both Linux and Windows. Some thought that StarOffice - a FREE Microsoft Office-compatible office suite - would be the killer app that would finally establish Linux's dominance on the desktop. What was not to love?
Well, for starters - the size. It was a whopping 70 megabytes, so downloading it took all night (remember dialup?). But I was thrilled to connect to Sun's servers, then come back to my computer in the morning to see that I had StarOffice. More than that, I enjoyed using it for several years. (/backstory)