Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ah, Getting Away From it All, With Nothing But a Smartphone, Cellular Modem, Bluetooth Headset - - -

"The Best Tech Travel Gear"
PCMagazine (August 12, 2010)

"Whether you're hitting the road or taking to the skies this summer, you'll want to pack these mobile-minded Editors' Choice winners.

"When you're traveling, the technology you bring along is as important as anything else you shove into your suitcase. If it's a business trip, you need the right tools to keep you connected and productive—even while you're in transit. Choosing the right GPS, netbook, smartphone, or cellular modem, for example, can make the difference between a successful, worthwhile trip and a frustrating waste of time.

"And when you're on vacation, unless your goal is to disconnect, you want gadgets to keep you in touch and entertained. (Think tablets, digital cameras and camcorders, and MP3 players.)..."

The gadgets covered are:
  • Smartphone
  • Cellular Modem
  • Bluetooth Headset
  • GPS
  • Digital Camera
  • Pocket Camcorder
  • Netbook
  • Tablet
  • Portable Media Player
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Some of these things I can see carrying along on a business trip: but a vacation? Camera and camcorder: sure, that I can see.

But the rest? It seems to me that carrying this stuff along to, say, a cabin somewhere in Minnesota's lake country isn't much different than staying in your room with the blinds drawn and the air conditioner on: except at the lake you'll be warmer, and spending several hundred dollars extra.

Still, for folks who want to spend money on travel and lodging for their vacation, without paying too much attention to where they are: this article seems to be a pretty good overview on some of the tech to buy.

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