I have been considering this thread for a couple weeks. It started when my (gifted) iPod classic was dead a couple days after charging with no use. This happens feeling when I go to mow the grass. I don't want to sweat on and crush my Pandora, but it is more reliable than other options ATM. I have stopped using my Android smartphones (Motorola Photon Q) because they are really only good for calls and texts. The keyboards of both are dying, and I can't get official OS upgrades to something newer, so no Star Trek Timelines and other games I want to use with them. I might as well use a dumb phone. If I have one with Bluetooth I can probably type messages with my Pandora keyboard. I do try to keep in touch with others via the next device I have. I don't really like tablets. I have a nook tablet primarily for reading and reference and some web browsing. I have the cheap one, and other than not being able to play games on it I am fine with it. I do wish it had more physical buttons and looked like a PADD. I try to use Google Hangouts, but it is really unreliable for quick delivery of messages. Blah blah blah, Google collects all my information. Wake me when I give a fuck. I have even started using Facebook to keep in touch with some people. I am totally open and supportive of third party OSs and such. I already miss out on Star Trek Online and Entropia Universe since I gave up windows, and I want my ST games. If you have a CHEAP solution that will fit my needs while i wait for the Pyra let me know. My preferences are Linux or other *nix, rugged construction, affordable, user fixable, open hardware, physical keyboard (on fone), all day or longer battery life. If you make a suggestion I would like a real world review from you, or easy to find ones (I will check Amazon if it is there) from other users. I am open to minimal/simple hacking to modify, but I don't want to spend hours just to get it going right now. I don't have a budget, but cheaper is better. Telling me to get a $700 tablet or smartphone is a waste of both our time. I want to keep this under $100. Lemme know what to get in the poll and your replies. Thanks everyone!