Good or Bad: The Clambook
The Clambook is a beautifully thin and lightweight extension of your mobile device that gives you the usability of a laptop. Ideally, I would say users with smart phones are the perfect market here. If you have a small phone device, and possibly use it for email, documentation and videos/movies, this could be really something of value to you.
The Clambook connects to your mobile device and allows you to use it just like a laptop, so you can type on it, use the mouse pad, charge your mobile device and have all the benefits of a mobile workstation without actually having to buy a laptop which can be costly. The downside is that it’s not a laptop, so you don’t get any programs and is basically your mobile device enlarged. Since it works in landscape, apps that don’t support landscape wouldn’t display well.
A critique might come from iPad users, where essentially there is no need for this if you use Bluetooth to pair up a wireless keyboard. There would be no advantage since the iPad screen is already big. But again, for an iPhone or Android mobile phone user, without spending a lot on a laptop, this could be advantageous. The only thing left in the air is there is no price point yet for The Clambook, which is set to be unveiled just in time for the holidays this year.
ClamCase is the maker of The Clambook, which also has the ClamCase iPad case with keyboard. In reviewing the price point for the ClamCase iPad Case, it’s $149, so I would imagine the Clambook would run at a higher price point since it’s more than just a case. How much more would be the key question since the average price for a laptop might be in the range of $300-$600. Why pay around $300 for The Clambook (assuming it’s cost), when I could get a full blown laptop for around the same price?
So what say you? Is this a good or bad idea? Let me know in the Quipol below.