Must-Have Gadgets that are Essential for Every Trip
When the travel bug has bitten us, all we want to do is to book a seat on the next and start packing! Whether it be somewhere in the remotest part of the Philippines or a trip halfway around the world, the idea of visiting an unfamiliar land and culture is always there—and this is always very exciting. Imagine leaving the comfort of your home and marveling at the world around you. Traveling is indeed such a wondrous experience that satisfies that itch to just go and explore the world.
Speaking of traveling, technology has definitely made it easier for the lone traveler to experience convenience in his or her adventures. Thanks to these technological advancements, traveling is now more of a breeze than an inconvenience. For example, because of gadgets such as the Amazon Kindle, you need not bring three heavy paperbacks in your backpack. Instead of having the space carved out for your literary needs, you can use them to dump your new H&M scarves in. The point of this really is to hop on the technological bandwagon and take advantage of these items that definitely make life smoother for all of us.
Samsung Galaxy S3
The Samsung Galaxy S3, hailed as the newest “It Phone” around town, is certainly making heads turn with its sleek design, and the multitude of applications and games one can install in it. The Samsung Galaxy S3, safe to say, has revolutionized the smartphone industry, as it has become one of the most-wanted gadgets today.
Did you know that before it was launched, as much as 10 million preorders were made in London alone? So, what makes this smartphone so special anyway? Well, aside from its very palatable price, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is known to sport battery life that is generally excellent. The efficient use of power makes it an ideal choice for everyone, especially for travellers who are frequently on the go.
Apart from this, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is also known for its fantastic screen. The width and height are visually perfect, making it easier to view things, especially when it comes to taking photos. In terms of speed, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is known to have a quad-score processor, so it’s pretty fast and rarely lags. On top of it all, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has top media management, having an array of applications and games that are sure to wow the user and make it harder to let go of the phone.
Some aspects still have to be taken into consideration, such as the design, which is always subjective, and the S Voice function, which hasn’t been fully optimized yet. These are, however, pretty trivial details that do nothing to affect the overall awesome performance. What matters is that the essential key points in the smartphone are functioning in tip-top shape, and this is what the Samsung Galaxy S3 promises. This is indeed one of the most ideal smartphones for travellers. Packed with a camera that’s capable of recording videos in HD, and photo quality that’s pretty much comparable to a digital camera, you can’t go wrong with it during your trip.
Google Nexus 7
The Google Nexus 7, powered by Asus, is one of the newcomers to the tablet segment. This 7-inch tablet is arguably (and probably) the best one available in the market today, according to various tech review websites.
The Google Nexus 7 is known to function seamlessly. Packed with an excellent screen, a battery that lasts nine hours at a time, a quad-core processor and a sleek design, the Google Nexus 7 is indeed known to be of superb quality and extremely robust. It’s perfect for travellers because despite the vigorous use of this tablet, it still gleams with beauty even after weeks of use—not a scratch in sight!
Software-wise, it is the first device to come with the Android 4.1 (Jellybean), Google’s latest operating system and probably the best one so far. Equipped with a front camera, it’ll be easy to Skype or communicate with your relatives or friends at home from wherever you may be.
Apple iPod Nano
Of course we couldn’t leave out anything from revolutionary visionary Steve Jobs, can we? The newest Apple iPod Nano is probably the most convenient and efficient music player that is suitable for your travel time. It’s light, fits in the tiniest pockets and immerses you in great music for as long as you need it. Its compact and sleek design makes it a perfect choice if you need to snooze in the airplane, go out for a run along the beach, or simply plug it in some speakers for a romantic evening.
Without a doubt, the new iPod Nano has received accolades not only because of its stellar capabilities, but also because of its excellent consistency throughout the years. This touchscreen version of the iPod Nano is indeed deserving of the talk and attention it has received.
Other great things about it are the color selection and accessories that you can mix and match, depending on your mood. The comprehensive design of the new iPod Nano makes it a superior and smart choice for on-the-go music, anytime and anywhere.
Amazon Kindle Fire
For all you bookworms and booklovers out there, Amazon has recently introduced an upgrade of its quaint reading tablet—the Amazon Kindle Fire. As compared to the lowest version of the Kindle, which is purely black and white but has a superb true-to-the-page interface, the Kindle Fire resembles more of a tablet, if anything, complete with a colored screen and touchscreen capabilities.
For the great market price of $199, you can be immersed in the improved design, and shop to your heart’s content in the Amazon Store where not only books but also applications and games are now available for your purchase and perusal.
As compared to the Kindle 4 (the lowest Amazon Kindle model), the Kindle Fire is definitely more than just a step up. Though its main purpose is still for readers who enjoy a vast literary selection, the Amazon Kindle Fire improves its game by adding an assortment of applications that allows you to multitask and do things besides reading.
The Amazon Kindle Fire is perfect for literary enthusiasts who love to travel, and are planning to bring stacks of books. Imagine the Amazon Kindle Fire as a walking library—your entire selection in a tiny, compact gadget.
Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch
Given that the Amazon Kindle Fire is more than just a reading tablet, if your intention is to simply have a gadget capable of storing all your books and allowing you to read them with ease, then the Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch may be your best bet.
Also priced at $199 and is also capable of other media installations, this colored and touch screen device enhances your reading experience by allowing you to do instant research on the Internet for words you do not understand, taking notes, and other reading habits that you have grown accustomed to. What’s great about it also is that Barnes and Noble holds book sales, and those who use the Nook can even bag some discounts. This is definitely a bookworm’s dream.