Most of us here have, at least as some kind of wishful thinking, a desire for a single device that would handle all of our computing needs. Once in a while we end up in situations, either by chance or desire, where we are forced to rely on a single device. I thought it might be interesting to share those experiences and see if we collectively can contribute to that evasive goal of a single device Since I got my Samsung Tab 6 Lite and Tab A with S-pen I have done some experimentation on trying to create a one device solution. TL:dr A one device two screen solution might be a better solution. The Tab 6 Lite has a SIM card slot, so by pairing it with a BT earpiece, in my case I used the AirPods, the “phone solution” is there. Then again I think I had one phone call during my two weeks living with only one device. If you are frequently on the phone, with suppliers, clients, morons, it is probably not going to work for you. If you’re like me and tend to Skype more then it isn’t that much of a problem since those tend to be scheduled whereas phone calls are more spontaneous. One solution might be letting them go to voicemail and then handling return calls in bulk. If your phone relationships are time sensitive then it is probably not a good idea. To handle this challenge I needed a small foldable stand for the tablet, a foldable keyboard and an S-pen. All of that was packed into a lightweight carrying bag. If I did this full time I’d probably look into one of those keyboard folio cases, however, when I write I really, REALLY, prefer to have it in portrait mode. So I’d need one that could swivel. At times I also brought along my Logitech Ultra Thin Mouse, but in reality I seldom used it. Just easier tapping the screen. It takes less than a minute to setup, which compared with a laptop that you just open is an eternity. Luckily I’m a patient gal and it doesn’t bother me. Those less patient might get annoyed over time. During a day I probably spend three hours writing, two doing research and two goofing off (YT, social media, news sites, TPCR). The last two endeavors are a cinch, the first comes with some challenges. Once or twice during a session the tablet and BT keyboard gets a hiccup in the connection. I’m a fairly fast typist so if I’m unlucky I might have written a paragraph or even two before I realize that there is nothing on the screen. Most frustrating, especially since once they work together again I have probably erased half of that paragraph in my mind as well. The really annoying part though is that during a writing session I probably need to consult my notes in OneNote every so often, or read on some PDF that I’ve downloaded. At home with four screens up and running, this is never a problem. However, trying to be diligent with the one device solution it becomes frustrating having to switch back and forth. Yes, the Tab 6 Lite can run two apps in separate windows, but in reality you’ll need to resize them all the time or constantly scroll. Hence, it becomes more convenient to switch between them. That though, seems so outdated today. I also discovered that at times I lost focus and went out on some completely unexpected tangent since I no longer had the text in front of me demanding more input. Another frustration is that in Windows I use Word (2016) that I have a license for, but on the Tab 6 Lite the Android version of Word requires a Microsoft 365 subscription (and you know I hate those) to edit. Hence, I tend towards Google Docs (like right now) so first I have to download the .docx file, then open it in Google Docs, then download that file as Word file in order to after that upload and replace it on OneDrive. Talk about annoying. Yes, I know they are rivals eyeing each others’ markets. Still annoying though. So far my conclusion is that it might be possible - at least when your computing needs are modest - to use a single device. But it would be soo much easier if I could connect an external screen. Especially one that was foldable, too bad the Lenovo X1 Fold doesn’t come as only a screen. One interesting solution might be an e-ink screen and move the writing to that and then being able to have two windows open on the Tab 6 Lite, one with OneNote that other Samsung’s Write on PDF. I did find one great advantage with the Tab 6 Lite and that is Samsung’s updated Notes app. One of the features is you can change transparency so if you have a text in a book underneath the note you don’t need to move it out of the way, you can just make it transparent and still continue to write your note. I feel like this feature is underrated, especially since it now has better integration with ON, although there are plenty of room for improvements. In conclusion the quest for a single device solution continues. The need for a secons screen begs the question if it is a device or peripheral. And if we need plenty of extra peripherals, are we then truly relying on a single device?