As the owner of a Home Theater PC you generate quite a bit of digital media. From photo albums, to home videos, downloads of your favorite television shows and movies, to MP3 files and digital projects you created for the office.There is no end to the digital data you can create and save with your HTPC.
The question quickly becomes, how best to take your library of digital information on the road with you?
Capabilities of handheld devices has exploded
Not to worry, consumer electronics companies have been hoping for just such a problem as too much information and no place to keep it. In the past couple years the capabilities of handheld devices has exploded.
Wireless capability is now embedded in almost every digital device from cell phones to tablet computers. Digital music players are now digital cameras, digital video cameras and cell phones.
In fact if your cell phone only makes phone calls it is considered antiquated.
Follow the Apple
The Apple iPod is probably the most well recognized digital media player on the market.
It is certainly considered the first digital media player to capture the attention of the mass market. It remains one of the most popular devices around for listening to music, downloading electronic books or watching videos.
The Microsoft Zune is also popular with people looking to travel with their digital media, though it is not nearly as popular as the iPod and has been suffering even more lately as a deluge of extremely capable smartphones has flooded the marketplace.
Even Apple has released an assortment of iPod clones, like the iPod Shuffle, the iPod nano and the iPod Touch, to further capitalize on the portable digital media landscape. Netbooks are a viable option for those looking for media on-the-go. They are lighter than a traditional laptop, and more capable in many ways.
The Apple iPad, a repurposing of the tablet PC is also proving popular with people looking for new ways to travel with and consume more digital media.
Handheld gaming devices emerging as the substitutes
Handheld gaming devices have also started to take advantage of the interested in portable digital media.
Even the Sony Playstation Portable handheld gaming system has the ability to store and save an assortment of data, watch movies, and access and surf the Internet.
A year when Google Android broke through
More than two dozen Android equipped phones were released this year, each sporting a blazing fast operating system and a bulky hard drive for storing and sharing an assortment of data files.
The HTC Droid and the Nexus are all on their second generation hardware. Each sports a large display, great speakers and Wi-Fi access. They also have plenty of storage space for downloading your favorite videos, photos and music, and allow for glorious streaming video from the web.
Most new phones are also offering live streaming television signals. Something you don’t necessarily need as an HTPC owner, but certainly something that indicates a willingness to further improve the capability of these small, but mighty, digital devices.