Productivity on the Go: Hardware

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If you’re self-employed, like me, you probably spend a good bit of time on the go, traveling for business or perhaps just traveling between client meetings. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could be just as productive on the road as you can be at the office?

With a tablet, the right apps and hardware, you can be. Over the next few days, I’m going to write about my favorite devices and apps for mobile productivity. I personally use an iPad, so this article series will be iOS-related, but many of the apps exist in some form for Android, so most of this will apply if you use a Nexus or other Android tablet.

I’ve used laptops, netbooks and now a tablet for mobile productivity, and I much prefer the tablet. It’s smaller and easier to use in a variety of situations, from writing at a coffee house (like I’m doing now) to checking email quickly in the car before going into a meeting to catching up on my reading on the Metro. Even netbooks are cumbersome for most of those activities.

Other than my iPad and the right case, I carry a Wal-Mart Internet On the Go portable WiFi hotspot. I like this one because there’s no contract. I buy blocks of bandwidth and use them as I need them. As long as I use the device at least once a year, I don’t lose my MBs. The hotspot is nice when I don’t have access to public WiFi.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B005OOKNP4″ locale=”us” height=”66″ src=”” width=”160″]My other piece of hardware is my Amazon basics Bluetooth keyboard. It’s small, relatively inexpensive and works well. I have small fingers, so the 3/4 size keys work well for me. If you have big hands, you might need something else.

All these items (plus iPhone, headphones, wallet, business cards and a few other items) fit perfectly in my Targus messenger bag.[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00024ENHK” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”160″]

So much for hardware. What about software? Tune in tomorrow for my must-have productivity apps. And feel free to share your must-have gadgets in the comments. I’m always looking for new things to try out.

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