iPod Touch: Nearly the Perfect Portable Blogging Machine?

There is one device that I have tried a few times, and really would love to have for my own portable blogging needs, and it isn’t the iPhone, but instead the iPod Touch. Why the Touch over the iPhone? Well, that is because Canadians pay through the nose for cellular data connections, and I don’t think the iPhone is worth over three thousand dollars over three years.

I have three laptops currently, soon I will be back to two, and none of them are amazing for blogging while on the go. Their batteries last less than three hours, and they are heavy, noisy and generate enough heat to cook eggs.

I have wanted something more portable for a long time. Something simple, Wi-Fi equipped, with a fairly easy user interface and versatile. The iPod Touch seems like nearly the perfect device for me.

The big issue I have is with how small the input keys are for writing text. I could easily access this blog through the Safari web browser, type up a post, and publish it live, but with the small on screen keys on the iPod Touch, it would probably take me so long to correct the myriad of mistakes, I would begin to cry for a bluetooth keyboard of some sort.

Is there some sort of external keyboard option for the iPod Touch? If so, I would love to know. I think that is the main thing holding me back from purchasing one and using it as a mobile blogging device. I don’t need a huge screen, or a huge hard drive. I don’t need the fastest computer in the world. I just need to be able to do some basic blogging and RSS feed reading when I am at the local coffee shop.

I have been thinking about a smaller laptop, like the ASUS EEE PC, but I don’t think that is exactly what I want either. I really don’t get how no one has come out with a great mobile device that works well for inputting longer lengths of content.

Which mobile device do you use as a blogging machine? Let me know in the comments below.

12 thoughts on “iPod Touch: Nearly the Perfect Portable Blogging Machine?

  1. Sean McGaughey

    For years, I’ve been looking for an open portable device that I could use as a general purpose computer, plug in keyboards, etc…

    It could be linux bases or at least not locked up 50 ways. The gamepark handhelds looked promising for a while as did the first eeepcs. The openmoko freerunner looks very interesting but it’s in very early in development and I’m not looking for a phone. I agree with you about the touch but the way it’s locked up and paying for firmware upgrades is a non-starter for me.

  2. WTL

    Well, I have a NEC Mobile Pro 880 that my wife uses, and it’s nice, small and works pretty well. The catch? I’ve never been able to figure out how to get the wireless working. Now, I’m not much on the Windows side of things so it’s probably me.

    Years ago, there was a folding keyboard available for the Palm 3. Someone should have a look at that and modify it for the iPod Touch/iPhone, or more likely design a new one.

    I send plenty of email, tweet and surf extensively on my Touch – which I just love, but I don’t know about writing a 500 word blog post on it. You probably could, but I’ve never tried.

  3. ericabiz

    I have a Palm Centro and there is a $99 Bluetooth keyboard option. You could always go Treo or Centro + keyboard. I think the data plans are cheaper for them anyway… I know they are WAY cheaper here in the US.

    Also, have you looked into a Nokia N810? They seem right up your (and the first commenter, Sean’s) alley. They are portable tablets that run Linux.

    I would never want to post a blog post on an iPhone/iPod Touch. Ouch…painful.

    -Erica

  4. Mahesh

    I use Palm centr and i’m planning to move to better device…cause i think i do lot of data-intesive work and in india data plans are costly, vodaphone charges on 1kb/0.1 buck for that…So i need bigger screen & unlimited data option..so i m planning to get tablet…

    So david what you think is good big-screen phones or tablets?

  5. Bill Deys

    I’d say the Nokia N810, it has a camera, slide out keyboard, expandable SD memory (up o 8GB now), wi-fi, gps, the list goes on. It runs on a stripped version of linux, unfortunately you can’t throw any linux app on it but there is lots of apps for it. Even a podcatcher and media player. I’ve wanted one for a while, I’m just waiting to find a place to buy one in store rather then online.

  6. Kevin

    Ive been looking into a Touch for sometime now and the only thing holding me back is the keyboard.

    I dont need an iPhone as I dont need to pay a stupid amount to rogers (currently my cell phone over 3 years costs $1200, and I even get full sms and email). I dont want to be able to have access to my email 24/7, I want to be able to get away from it. BUT I would like to have access to it in certain places, both of my work places (Educational institutions) coffee shops and family and friends places, all of which have Wi-Fi.

    So Ive been looking at the touch, playing around with it and have come to the conclusion that eventhough I have super huge thumbs I think that with time I would get adjusted to the small keyboard and be able to manage.

    We just purchased an iMac and get a free touch with it (my GF is taking it), so Im going to play with it for a bit and if I get adjusted I think I will buy the new Touch when it comes out this fall, assuming that it has new features worth paying more for.

  7. Shawn

    i am not a fan of iPhone nor iPod Touch, but i’m looking forward for the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 🙂 with it’s features beating iPhone, that’ll definitely be a good choice.

  8. Alitimate

    Hey!

    I am too starting to get into blogging! And thinkign of gettign a portable device mayb a palmtop for handy purposes.! David talks about a bluetooth keyboard..! though you wil get a no. of them(just search) but wats the use..if u once again need to carry a keyboard to a coffee shop?

    Wouldnt it look vague sittign at public places with a small screen nd a big keypad…and try to get somethign done?

    I guess what we need is to find an input way tht suits us…some ppl r handy with the mobile keypad(with dict on)..some like the on screen keypad…What i would sujest is a windows supported palmtop with handwriting recognition! this is the best way to input something on those small devices…u keep writing and the software keeps putting it in into the text form!Though there r mistakes..but they can always be corrected.!

  9. Liam Gibson

    Dude:

    2.4 macbook with the penryn/SR chipset lasts forever for me with the airport turned off.

    Not sure if you can grab a lot of progs for mac, but you can always Fusion/Parallels into XP/Vista and do it up that way as well.

    Fair warning: Boot Camp will drain your battery faster than OSX 10.5

    Cool stuff David. Good stuff to read while bored at work in the morning.

  10. stephentrepreneur

    Using the Apple Touch for writing blogs is relatively easy. It has a QWERTY keyboard, spellchecker, and retains the unique words you regularly use (I tentatively say it’s intuitive).
    From day one I wished I could plug in a keyboard … because you are restricted to using your thinnest fingers on the touch screen.
    You say you can upload articles to your blog from your Touch … how? I am looking for details to send to a WordPress account.

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