I have been unable to let go of my laptop simply because of one singular function which I felt, until last week, that my smartphone could not perform. The fact is my phone has gradually been replacing my use of the cheap gaming laptop over the years. Android has been that good. The android tablets in the range of 7 to 8 inch sizes have largely taken over the functions we used to reserve for the laptops. And portability of these devices have seen to it that we shift and lean towards them rather than the laptops. Multimedia viewing and presentation are no longer problems. The tablets handle those with ease. Documents like Words, Excel, and PowerPoint are now created and viewed easily on the tablets. I could even connect my android to my Canon Selphy Photo printer via shared WiFi and print pictures directly from my phone or tablet. However, ability to print documents, emails and attachments directly from the smartphones and tablets have till last week made it impossible for me to ditch the laptop. Thankfully, that has changed.
Necessity they say, is the mother of inventions. Last week, I had to print out some urgent email attachments, receipts of payments, etc. But my laptop was at home and I was in a different location. All the needed documents were in my smartphone. In the office with me was a cheap HP Printer. My smartphone has USB-on-the-go (OTG) capability. In my frustration, I started searching and by sheer luck, I discovered HP Printer Services Plugin for androids in the Play Store. Installing this on my phone, I was able to connect the printer and my smartphone using the OTG cable. The printer was instantly recognized and within 10 minutes I got all my documents printed. No laptop needed. It was my sweetest experience on an android phone.
So, do I need a laptop anymore? I don’t think so. Limited screen size issue? Not anymore with android tablets of various sizes. I will simply choose the right size for me. What of the need for pointing devices like a mouse? The USB OTG takes care of that just as the need for physical keyboard is met using a portable or even foldable Bluetooth keyboard. And you can get all these functionalities for less than a quarter the price of a laptop. What more could anyone possibly ask for?
I have decided to dispose of my laptop and concentrate on maximizing the use of my android phone and tablet. The storage space I might miss is not so much an issue since I have my external hard disc drive that connects to my androids via USB OTG cable.
My next post will show step by step how to print documents directly from your smartphones or tablets.