The Hunt For The Perfect Bible: Check Yourself

The Hunt For The Perfect Bible: Check Yourself

It’s too easy to be psyched out by the spurious glitter of a shiny chrome shell so in this post I want to focus on what you need to look for when you go digital with your doctrinal deeds and needs by listing five questions you should be asking yourself.

What Am I Doing With This Thing? Have a solid plan on how you’re going to use this thing. If you’re going to be using multiple versions, looking at original languages, accessing notes (yours and others), creating new notes then write that down. If it’s just going to replace a print Bible, write that down. If you’re throwing down 2 grand on a Macbook Pro to use BibleGateway, you’ve failed.

Is This Burden Light? Check the weight. Feel it. You might be carrying it all day. Avoid laptops that are labeled “Desktop Replacements” because, although they have a ton of power and a huge screen, they weigh a ton. You’re wide margin Bible weighs about 3.5lbs so stay below or within that.

Can I Read On It? Some people find cell phone screens easy reading; others have real problems with them: no one can tell you what the right fit is for you. If you’re looking at netbooks, make sure you can read text on it. If the store allows it, plug in a thumbdrive with some sample documents. Also, side note: laptop display size is usually figured out diagonally. Those of us who remember our Pythagorean theory, this means that a 17 inch laptop screen that is about 8 inches high might only actually be 15 inches wide. Ironically, back in the day when screens were round they had to be measured using diameter and thus diagonals became the rule!

Can I Type With It? iPhones are great but I can’t stand typing more than a sentence or two with that tiny virtual keyboard. The Sony Netbook’s keyboard is so tiny that your fingers slam into other keys whereas Asus’ gives you some more room for actual typing. Like legibility, you are the one who has to ultimately decide if these devices work for you but as a pointer, Netbooks that are 7-8 inches have a significantly smaller keyboard than those which are 9-10 inches; laptops generally have similar keyboards across the board; and tablets usually have a virtual keyboard that might focus on two finger input.

Does It Work With My Stuff? Lots of folk don’t consider this when they pick up a device, but you have to make sure that you can actually use it with your stuff. If that brand new tablet is gorgeous but can’t sync with any of your printers or computers or documents, then it’s no good. This means that if you own specific Bible Software already (such as Logos) you’re going to want a device that can run it. If you have tons of .docx files (which is the new file format for Microsoft Word docs after Word 2007) then you’re going to need a computer that allows you to install your version of Word—or at least access them.


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