The device I often use is an Apple iPhone. It's small, lightweight, and contains all the features I need to write on the go. Any smartphone would do as well, I imagine.
The 3 major ways to input words on an iPhone:
- Pair it with a bluetooth keyboard
- Type on the iPhone's internal keyboard
- Dictate your words into the microphone and your speech is converted into words in whatever word processing program you are using
The second option is a folding silicone keyboard that appears lighter and more portable than the plastic keyboards, but I haven't used one of these and can't vouch for its strengths and weaknesses. Here is one:
The third option is a wireless laser projection virtual keyboard. I'm planning to buy one of these in the near future as it seems lightweight and portable enough I might be able to take it with me when running or involved in some outdoor activity. I'll soon find out how well it works compared with a standard keyboard:
My word processing program of choice is Microsoft Word. The app is free on iTunes. In conjunction with Word, I use Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage app to store my manuscript files. I use the Google Drive app as well, but switched over to Microsoft because I can type and store all the files in Word seamlessly.
When I'm ready to write, I:
- Pair my keyboard with my iPhone
- Open the Microsoft Word app
- Open the manuscript file I'm working on or create a new one
- Start typing
I haven't yet seen anyone writing on the go this way, though surely some writers somewhere must be doing it. It must not be a well-known setup, because strangers regularly ask me about the keyboard and is it really connected to the phone somehow. Most writers I see use a laptop but I consider those too heavy and bulky for my needs.
I imagine how many comments I'll receive when I buy my laser projector keyboard. That’ll really freak em out.
If you're a writer often on the go, and you want to be on the cutting edge, you might want to adopt this setup.