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Best Technology For Long-Distance Travel?

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the unbeaten-path-warrior dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Over the past year I have traveled across the globe for work but I can't seem to find the right balance of technology to take with me. After reading a CNET article about tech for traveling, I'm still slightly undecided about what hardware suits me best. On the work side of things I need a laptop, nothing fancy but it can't be too heavy or slow. I also need a smart phone that can receive emails across the world and if possible a satellite navigation device, as I need to get to less-traveled locations on a regular basis. From a personal perspective I need my music but I don't care about video, so I'm looking for something with high-quality audio and great battery life. A compact camera wouldn't go amiss but dSLRs are too heavy for my needs and carrying strength, so something I can tuck in a pocket would be perfect. Any suggestions greatly appreciated."

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Hmm... I think (4, Funny)

KaptainKrunch (1226500) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532162)

The best technology for Long-Distance Travel is high speed aircraft.

Re:Hmm... I think (4, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532218)

I'm partial to warp drive or wormholes (for really long-distance travel)


sanman2 (928866) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532422)

Scramjets are the best for long-distance travel around the world, because they will save the most time.


Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532476)

Stepping disks [] will take you around the world in just a few steps..

Re:SCRAMJETS (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532868)

Scramjets are the best for long-distance travel around the world, because they will save the most time.
If you want the shortest time why don't you just use a ballistic missile? It probably isn't the most comfortable way to fly and the landing might be a little hard (you'll probably get some scratches, bruises, vaporization, etc.), but it will certainly get you there much faster than a scramjet.


AJWM (19027) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532870)

Actually ballistic beats out scramjets. Forty minutes or less to anywhere on the planet. Well, plus a few minutes to slow down for a more reasonable landing.

Re:Hmm... I think (5, Informative)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532272)

In any case, we already know [] the Best Laptop for Going Around the World.

best camera (5, Informative)

Ruie (30480) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533022)

And best camera is easy to figure out as well:

  • Digital is an easy choice - just from the point of view of durability of media and ease of acquiring lots of pictures
  • 4-5 megapixels is the minimum to take a full 1:1 picture of a page and be able to read indices in formulas (this was you can use your camera instead of Xerox).
  • Anything with more than 5 megapixels needs digital image stabilization - otherwise your extra resolution will be smeared out by natural shaking of your hands (or even your tripod - but this takes effect later).
  • Similarly large "tele" zoom is useless - if you zoomed in 10x closer to your subject you have 10 times the effect of shaking (and thus need a good tripod or very short exposure time).
  • Good wideangle on the other hand is great - not only you can get more of the scene in a small room but it also reduces the effect of shaking.

Thus you want a camera with digital image stabilization, as good wideangle as possible and at least 5 megapixels. Last time I did the round up (a few months ago) there were surprisingly few cameras that met these conditions - mostly because most of what is on the shelves in "Best Buy" (not best for at least several years) does not have any wideangle whatsoever.

My purchase was Panasonic Lumix LX-2 [] which, at the time, was not available in any store in Boston so I had to order it from Vahns. I was not disappointed and even found the movie mode to be useful - it has a higher resolution than my camcorder (which is NTSC like) and, best of all, the movie files are mpeg4 encoded and play readily on my Kubuntu systems.

Re:best camera (1)

virgil_disgr4ce (909068) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533108)

I'll chime in here on the digital camera portion. I was looking for a highly compact camera that offered full manual operation (as I'm a photographer as well as designer) and I'll tell you what--the Samsung NV10 I got has been fantastic. Excellent, excellent device in all ways and has a very innovative, fast and functional interface. For the price I honestly don't think it can be beat. I highly recommend it all around.

...or Garmin's GPS phone... (1)

mikehoskins (177074) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532720)

The Garmin Nuvi Phone should be available in a few months:
    Here's a Review []
    Garmin's Site []

I'd like to get one a these, although I don't travel as much.

Ideal Solution (2, Funny)

tknd (979052) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532778)

The ideal solution is to simply find a job that allows you to stay in your basement. I hear that people that have mastered this art seem to have congregated at some website that combines the '/' and '.' characters.


Re:Ideal Solution (5, Funny)

trentblase (717954) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532924)

website that combines the '/' and '.' characters
So you narrowed that down to every single website on the internet.

Re:Hmm... I think (1)

cyofee (975070) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533014)

I'd say that a Stargate is better.

I thought this was settled... (1)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532170)

Jet airliner?

Who needs jets? (1)

russlar (1122455) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532184)

I'm holding out for transporters!

Re:Who needs jets? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532306)

Limited to a few tens of thousands of km, and the question clearly asks about long distance travel.

What you want is a Stargate.

Re:Who needs jets? (1)

ben(zen) (1162093) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532368)

Yes, but can it reach Atlantis?

Come on, everyone knows the answer to that ... (5, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532192)

A towel and a copy of your HHGTTG,

And maybe a hammer to whack Marvin with. If he's going to be so depressed all the time, might as well give him a reason to be.

Re:Come on, everyone knows the answer to that ... (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533056)

Concentrate on his right side. I hear he already has a pain on his left side.

Ticket (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532196)

a plane ticket

Asus eee pc (4, Interesting)

yamamushi (903955) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532210)

I'd recommend an eee pc from Asus. I've got mine running a slim version of windows XP, a 16gb sdhc card pops the free disk space to about 19gb, 2gb of ram, and with a bit of patching, you can even run oblivion on it (albeit at extremely low settings). I swiped this one off craigslist for 100 bucks a few days ago, so they're pretty cheap if you know where to look.

The wheel (1)

xzvf (924443) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532526)

Come on dude. Ubuntu is much nicer than XP for day to day stuff. But if the guy is working and typing a lot the keyboard is rough on the eeePC. A regular laptop at 4-5 pounds is reasonable. How about we give this person some practical buying a laptop bag with wheels. If going someplace that can't handle rolling wheels, hire a pack animal when you get there.

Re:Asus eee pc (2, Informative)

drfrog (145882) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532982)

id second this

love my epc as well light powerful its all good

Re:Asus eee pc (2, Interesting)

plierhead (570797) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533032)

Second this. I got one of these after getting sick of carting my full size laptop around in a backpack for emergency work. Its tiny, light, comes with a nice distro of Xandros which just works (tm), and I plug it straight into my 3G phone for internet anywhere. Great battery life. Goes up to 1024 x 768 so great for web-based demos through client projectors. Starts up in 20 seconds. Open Office for document work (though personally I use google docs).

Best of all its cheap, and I don't keep any data on it (ssh keys on a USB keychain) - for me the hassle of repeatedly getting laptops stolen means that I love having a disposable laptop.

Dupe! (1, Insightful)

Z80xxc! (1111479) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532220)

OK, how many times are we going to get asked what to bring on our trip around the world? I swear this exact same question has been asked at least twice just this year already, and the year is young! It's getting old. (tagged: gettingold)

Re:Dupe! (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532910)

I think people just like to brag about their "awesome" jobs that allow them to travel the world.

Imagine this Ask Slashdot:

"So, I got this new job in the sewers of New York. I need a laptop that is waterproof and can emit ultrasonic noise to scare the rats away while I do my surveying..."

Oh, wait, that might actually be interesting (the laptop selection, not the job).

Tablet PC (1)

Plaid Phantom (818438) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532234)

If you're traveling and need a laptop, I can't recommend a tablet enough. I don't know exactly what you're doing, so I can't say whether a slate or convertible would be better for you.

Though if you need a keyboard, (and you carry it quite a ways), it might be better to go with, say, a MacBook Air or a Flybook or something. Convertible tablets aren't as light as their pure slate brethren. Really, it very much depends on what you're doing.

I know! (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532246)

"Best Technology For Long-Distance Travel?" Hmm I'm gonna have to go with Federation Transporters. Oh wait, that's not what you meant. Okay um, laptops are out because all the little 9" tablets are just awful for various reasons. Anything laptop or tablet sized has to be kept in a bag then you look like you're carrying a purse and that's a huge target for theft. Plus none are really light enough. I'd suggest the largest, most powerful PDA you can find. I won't mention any models or brands cuz I never really researched it but I've seen PDAs with a high res screen that can basically run anything a PC can. I think some even run windows tablet edition instead of windows CE. You can even play starcraft on any 640x480 compatible ones! Not that you'd want to, I just mean one like that would be the most functional, compatible one ever! One that has USB and uses normal drivers and has built in speakers and a headphone jack and is the most like a PC would work fantastically. On the other side, the iPaq for example can only run specially made software and is very restrictive and all that so it's boring and can't do nearly as much. You can't just throw a standard windows executable on it and run it and that's just not acceptable to me at least.

N800/N810 (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532248)

Consider an N800 [] or N810 [] . See the N810 article for a summary of the differences.

+1 Mobility, but -1 Strength (4, Funny)

Itninja (937614) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532250)

but dSLRs are too heavy for my needs and carrying strength
Can you buff out your carrying strength with some kind action? You know, like weights or something? Or maybe just put it in your bag of holding.

DSLR vs. compact (3, Informative)

durdur (252098) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532330)

Seriously, compact digital cameras have gotten a lot better lately. I got my wife a Canon PowerShot SD600 a little while ago, which is purse-sized, and takes very acceptable photos. The main differences between this and a DSLR are: first, the DSLR has a much faster shutter speed so can take much better action photos; second, the SD600 has a small non-replaceable lens with a limited zoom, so it is not much good for wildlife or sports where you can't get up close. But for landscapes, it is hard to distinguish its photos from those made with a high-end camera.

Re:DSLR vs. compact (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532630)

If you feel the advantages outweigh the limitations of a camera phone, you can certainly make due with high-end models. I recommend checking out the N-Series [] from Nokia. The top-of-the-line models are GPS-enabled, have multimedia playback, and decent optics. However, in terms of picture quality the Cybershot line of camera phones from Sony Ericsson [] have continually taken top honors for producing more accurate colors. The N-Series photo processing tend to create more saturated and vivid pictures which some like and others don't. I was very impressed with the photos taken with the SE K790a/K800i, a friend brought with him on our camping trip. The photos certainly didn't match the quality of the ones he took using his Canon Rebel, but they were still very good.

Re:DSLR vs. compact (2, Interesting)

livewire98801 (916940) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532732)

I just bought a Nokia n81 for many of these reasons. World quadband eGSM and UMTS2100 (not released in the US yet, so no UTMS1900), just grab a simcard for prepaid when you get to where you're going. I went for the base rather than the 8g model as I would rather buy several 2 and 4gb microSD cards rather than be limited to the onboard flash. Put movies on a couple, music on a couple more. Newegg has 2gb microSD for $10. Also includes a 2MP camera and 802.11g. Don't know what the details are yet, but Nokia sez it'll do VoIP calling as well. Product page [] [] has the n81 with a 2gb SD card included. . . according to the site at least (haven't received it yet).

I cannot stress enough to get a quadband GSM phone you're comfortable with. You can use it in the US, and all it requires to work somewhere else is paying out the nose for roaming or purchasing a local prepaid account with a simcard and pop into your phone.

Re:+1 Mobility, but -1 Strength (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532750)

The best minicam that I'm aware of is the Casio Exilim EX-Sxxx series. I've had every model in the series up to and including the EX-S880. The newly released EX-S10 is smaller than the others, and I'm about to buy it in the next few days. Great sensor quality, great optics, easy to use, fast startup times, absolutely tiny and easy to use. Although make sure you get the ones coming from Casio's Japan assembly plant [] , as the ones from the Chinese assembly plant are slightly inferior in subtle but noticeable ways.

The perfect is the enemy of the good. (3, Insightful)

Erpo (237853) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532254)

If you strive for the perfect setup, you'll be miserable. Just try to find a combination that's good enough.

Someday, we'll all be wearing digital clothes and contacts like in Rainbows End and it will meet all your needs. Until then, you're going to have to choose between carrying a few different gadgets and giving up capabilities.

Does the "the government can revoke your certificate and kick you off the net" idea freak anyone else out? It sounds like Vernor Vinge understands trusted computing.

Re:The perfect is the enemy of the good. (1)

mr152 (635730) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532962)

I find that my iPhone is all I need for travel. It does everything listed very well and is small.

Re:The perfect is the enemy of the good. (1)

jdigriz (676802) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533092)

Yeah, it even freaked the people in Rainbows End out. Which is why the real techies used illegal Paraguayan chips which allowed them to sidestep the Secure Hardware Environment. On the other hand widespread transparent use of properly administered crypto certs would be a huge boon as it could totally eliminate phishing and identity theft. Of course, the devil is in the details.

HTC TYTNII (3, Funny)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532260)

Quad band GSM, 3.5G data, bluetooth, wifi, 3.0 MP camera w/autofocus (no flash) []

As for music, I have a 2 gig micro sd card (You need more than 2 gig b/c typ nav prog and maps run 1-1.5 gig) and have it loaded up with phil hendrie (I love ted's of beverly hills steak house) and some music. Helped me get through many 70 hour weeks in the office. Use BTaudio to toggle audio redirection to the bluetooth headset if you don't have something that does a2dp.

Built in GPS great. You don't plan on getting lost, you just do. Having a GPS always in your pocket has saved me many times.

I must warn you though, many users are royally 3.14ssed about the video performance due to "missing drivers". see [] and [] for more info.


Re:HTC TYTNII (0, Redundant)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533062)

To preface, I'm just curious and mean no disrespect at all.

Why bother doing '3.14ssed' here? There are tons of other words that convey the same feeling without being a cuss, and of course pissed is fine to say. It seems... useless.

Used HP Laptop (2, Informative)

The_Dougster (308194) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532264)

I got myself a used HP nc4010 [] for cheap. I maxed out its RAM, put a big HDD in it, installed the 802.11g wireless board, and got the optional travel battery. To cap it off I got a mini bluetooth mouse, and its been great. I can dual boot it to windows or gentoo and it runs just dandy. It can even play WoW at about 7fps. Total investment was about $500. Its small and light even with the extra battery.

You could probably do as well with something similar, I've read that the IBM ultra-portables are pretty nice also.

Buy a charging system (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532276)

Get a good multi-charger so you only need 1 outlet and 1 transformer.

Try something like iGo, where it works in planes, cars, and with wall sockets from most countries. Then get tips for your various devices. When buying new devices, make sure they are supported (e.g. avoid Sony) Don't forget to make sure that your camera can be charged (e.g. custom tip, via USB, or via a tip for your AA battery charger). Although the iGo notebook charger isn't light, it will save weight overall.

I charge/power 7 devices off my iGo, many simultaneously using splitters: notebook, phone, bluetooth headset, MP3 player, camera, GPS, camcorder.

Macbook Air + 64 GB SSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532288)

I assume you want to travel and use a real, arguably 100% secure OS so your stuff you are writing doesn't end up in the hands of criminals. I assume you also desire a laptop that you won't be ashamed of when you open it.

Buy a MacBook Air and the 64 GB SSD. This is the perfect machine you are asking for. The EeePC is great, if you can't buy your kid a OLPC... other than that, its useless for real work.

Re:Macbook Air + 64 GB SSD (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533046)

I assume you want to travel and use a real, arguably 100% secure OS so your stuff you are writing doesn't end up in the hands of criminals.
Wow, I didn't realise that MacOS encrypted all its drives by default and had absolutely no bugs or security holes? I'm sorry but you don't sound like you really know what you're talking about. I've always loved MacOS since I used it as a kid almost 20 years ago, and am in fact typing this from OSX on a Macbook Pro, so I'm not just trying to troll Macs.

I doubt the Air would really stand up to heavy travelling either, it's more a gimmick/'lifestyle' type device than a serious workhorse. If he's going to get a Mac for travelling to remote locations, may as well get the cheapest Macbook (or a Macbook Pro if money is no object here).

Hong Kong Lineup (2, Interesting)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532294)

I was pretty pleased with the lineup I brought along last year on my flight to Hong Kong (15 hours):
  1. Thinkpad P42 Work Laptop
  2. 80Gb Video iPod
  3. Nintendo DS
  4. Standard (non-noise cancellation) over-ear headhones
Never used the laptop - slept ~6 hours, watched/listened to iPod with no battery concerns for ~6 hours (Family Guy, Harvey Birdman, Original Star Trek, History Channel), played DS for ~2 hours (tetris) and did crosswords the rest of the time - had a great flight. Of course, I should mention that I was in business class - I've had 2 hour flights in coach that I wouldn't have traded for this 15 hour one.

For post-flight I'm not much help, I'm happy to concede cell-phone and mobile email when overseas.

Re:Hong Kong Lineup (1)

The_Dougster (308194) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532372)

Yeah headphones are a must. I just used my laptop and my Zaurus SL-5500 to listen to music with. I have a set of Roland RH25 headphones that I use at work and for travel. They fold flat, are pretty compact, cheap, and sound decent. Your cell phone probably has a reasonably good camera. What else do you need? The more crap you tote along the more you have to worry about. A couple paperback novels are always a good idea too though.

Re:Hong Kong Lineup (1)

Ixitar (153040) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532488)

You are going to need noise canceling headphones if your are going to fly on Northwest Airlines at all. The engines are too noisy.

Just do your own research. (4, Insightful)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532302)

This question has been asked a million times and the answers are simple and obvious. Why not just Google around a bit or browse through C|Net, PCMag, etc.?

Want a small laptop? Eee for price, ThinkPad/Macbook Air if you have an unlimited budget, or Toughbook and such, etc. Global Smartphone? Blackberry on quad-band GSM. Music? iPod Nano or Shuffle for battery life. Compact camera? Just go out and get one. and are both good sites, and they're all compact, portable, and great for traveling. Look for ruggedized and/or waterpoof models if that's an issue to you, or look for models with manual controls if that matters to you; otherwise they're all pretty similar these days.

Don't know about sat nav.

Your question is so vague it's worthless. Who doesn't travel or use electronics on the go these days? Simple, basic answers are all you're gonna get unless you can be more specific with your requirements. What's your total budget, and how much do you want to spend on each device? Which countries are you going to be traveling to? Japan, Europe, Africa, Antarctica -- they all present different situations and challenges. Which sorts of environments -- standard business, outdoors, high-mobility? And how much weight are you planning on carrying? If a DSLR is too heavy, do you really want to lug around a bunch of gadgets everywhere you go?

Re:Just do your own research. (3, Informative)

F34nor (321515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533028)

I don't think cnet is going to tell you anyting other than who is paying the highest price for advertising this month.

From what he said I think I know what he needs. A Nokia e90. My wife has the e61 and it does 90% of the computing tasks I need. Wi-Fi, 3G, phone, office documents, acrobat, web browsing with Opera, Blackberry support, exchange, & Skype. The e90 is big enough to do any office task on and small enough to take with you. It has 2 cameras (one 3m with flash) and is a great MP3 player. If you don't believe me read Maddox's review of the iPhone vs. e70 titled "The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face." [] . Granted the e90 is a little different than the e70 but who is going to notice that the e90's balls are made out of tungsten instead of steel with kicking them? Plus it runs on Sybian, a great OS with lots of support and not a bitch of M$ or a BSD rip off with flashing colored baubles.

You know it is a great product because the US cell phone companies will only sell a crippled piece of shit version (e62) in the US.

Beware US official theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532312)

If you're flying to, from, or through the US, don't take a good laptop, and don't put anything confidential or private on it, because the US customs/TSA agents can steal it at will, under threat of force.

Re:Beware US official theft (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532810)

If you're flying to, from, or through the US, don't take a good laptop, and don't put anything confidential or private on it, because the US customs/TSA agents can steal it at will, under threat of force.
Any customs agent can do that, in any country. In fact, anyone with a gun or a badge can do that.

You're thinking "threat of law."

Re:Beware US official theft (4, Funny)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532812)

Welcome, Foreigner. Your arduous journey is complete. Your laptop is heavy, and you must be tired. Allow us. Let go of your unnecessary attachments, and allow us to show you a better way, a life of peace, order, and purity. You have been selected to participate in a special government program, and will soon be welcomed to your new home in our coastal residential facility. You will soon find yourself nestled in an oasis of nature and tranquility, far removed from the modern-day political strife you must be so weary of. Room and board will be provided free of charge, and you will be the honored recipient of our quality nutritional and religious services. You will have access to free health care, fitness, and wardrobe facilities. We will provide you with world-class entertainment programs, including co-ed Inquisition reenactments and open-signup watersports. Continuing Culture and Linguistics education will be given by our renowned experts, and you may choose from courses such as "Power Differentials and Appropriate Conversational English", "Uncovering Subconsciously Suppressed Wrongs through Meticulous Rhetoric", "Humor, Slang, and Prayer", "Invocations, Derogations, and Human Anatomy: The Intersection of the Qur'an and the Kama Sutra in Modern-Day America".

As befits your status as a Special Guest of the United States of America, you will also be afforded certain unique privileges unavailable to ordinary citizens and travelers. You will be exempt from federal and state tax requirements, including sales and room taxes normally charged to visitors. Your return air ticket, while unrefundable, will be reissued free of charge upon your completion of our program. During your stay, you will have unlimited access to newly-reorganized judicial services that offer unmatched speed and efficiency, and specially trained staff will be on hand to aid you with personalized attention.

Once again, the United States of America welcomes you with open arms. We treat our guests well, and we are determined to make your stay a long and productive one.

Clarification (1)

Swampash (1131503) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532318)

Does the submitter need a phone that can RECEIVE emails or a phone that can READ emails? There's an important difference.

I read all my emails on my phone by logging in to gmail via http. But I don't download my email to my phone.

Ultraportable + Nokia N95 8GB + Canon SD8xx (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532324)

Get the lightest laptop you can afford (to buy & to lose).
If you don't need much, just word processing & email,
my friend bought a 4-5 years old Fujitsu ultraportable
from fleabay. It's not the fastest, but it gets the job
done, plus you don't have to worry much if it gets broken
or stolen while you're on the trip. (Always backup your data!)

MacBook Air seems solid enough. Very light & usable.
We'll have to see when Lenovo releases X300.

For phone, Nokia N95 has GPS, simple navigation software.
It's quad-band + UTMS, so you can use it almost anywhere
in the world. It comes with an OK media player & decent camera.

Granted, N95 UI isn't anywhere as elegant as iPhone,
but it doesn't have 3G,GPS. If you use local sim card,
you also have to unlock the phone.
In the worst-case scenario, if for some reason
Apple decides to cripple your unlocked phone while you're
in a middle of nowhere, you're screwed.

If you have a little more room & want a real compact camera,
get Canon SD870is.

Portals (1, Redundant)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532346)

'Nuff said. Just go somewhere high and aim well, then jump off the tower (or whatever, it really doesn't matter - cliffs work fine) and you're good.

On a clear day, you can get to Asia like this. Then it's just a matter of endurance to get anywhere else.

Just remember to bring your own cake.

okay nerds I need an answer. (0, Redundant)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532348)

Best technology for long distance travel? why cant you build huge star trek transporters and beam around the galaxy? why do you even need the spaceships?!?!??! huh?!??!? im going to get some crap about localized interference, magnetism, and stuff, but really, if you can beam something one inch, one mile or one lightyear really shouldn't be any theoretically different. oh and im drunk =D

We are running ahead of the technology curve (1)

Saphati (698453) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532356)

People like you and I are a bit ahead of the technology curve. I am constantly traveling (mostly for fun) around the world. What we need has not really been created yet. The technology is here, but companies like Apple would rather bleed us to death than give us the ultimate device now. I can't blame them though. I would do the same thing if I were in their shoes. * I use a simple 12" laptop. The new Macbook Air is making me drool. Lighter is always better. However I can't afford that now. * I have the new iPod 160 gig. Fantastic! Big storage and battery life in one. Thank you very much Apple! :) * My telephone is a simple smart phone I would prefer the new Nokia N95 (smart phone, wifi, 5 mega pixel camera, and GPS all in one), but I can't afford it (traveling a lot keeps you poor in wallet, but rich in life). - the perfect device would be the 3rd or 4th generation iPhone. It should have have GPS, 5+ mega pixel camera, wifi, 3G, and 100+ gigs of storage. All-in-one! They can do it now, but they won't. Unlike you, I have an added disadvantage. I am a photographer, so I have a dSLR with 3 lenses. It is a pain in the butt to take around. Consider yourself lucky you don't need to carry one of these things. My best advice is to get used to carry more weight. Build up your mussels a little. ;)

Portable music: Cowon iAudio 7 (1)

The Iso (1088207) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532364)

I recommend the Cowon iAudio 7. It has great sound output and comes with decent headphones, and the battery can easily last for two days straight. I have never seen the battery meter below three bars. It also receives FM radio. Small but not too small. It supports MP3, WMA, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC, which was important to me and may be a value add for you. Newegg has the 4 GB version for $114 and the 16 GB version for $199, Amazon has the 8 GB version for $125. The interface is a little sensitive and may take some time to get accustomed to. Be sure to download the latest firmware.

Noise Cancelling mp3 player with LONG battery life (1)

vigmeister (1112659) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532388)

I have one of these and it's brilliant once you've loaded your chosen playlist. Adding/deleting individual songs is not so painful, but en masse, it is very horrible. Other than that, the noise cancelling works great and it's really cool how charging for 3-5 minutes gives you 3-5 hours of play at normal volume. Charge it for an hour and you've got 50 hours :)

I bought it off for $50 which was a great value. []


You're Describing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532410)

You seem to be describing a Nokia N95 (or N96 when it comes out). Music, good camera, quadband, gps, email, the works... along with some lightweight PC

Honestly... (1)

htnprm (176191) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532418)

Presuming you're:

A) American


B) Going on a holiday as opposed to work ...Unteather yourself. Sure. Take a camera, obviously. Don't burden yourself with too much technical junk. You're probably going to 'relax' and get away from this kind of stuff. A phone that does e-mail, and sat nav? I'm as much a technophile as the next Slashot reader, but let it go already...

MacBook Air (2, Interesting)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532432)

2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, OS X, decent screen... not too darned bad. Fits (it really does!) in an 8.5 x 11 manilla envelope. And if you really need a few Windows apps, VMWare Fusion will let you run Windows under OS X, and it works great! (I run XP in a dual-boot configuration on my MacBook, which is the best of both worlds... I can run Windows in VMWare if I just need to use a Windows app for a little while, or I can boot it up straight into Windows if I absolutely need the native Windows-to-hardware performance.)

As long as you aren't burning CDs or anything, the Air is a very good solution. If you really need to burn CDs, there is an external drive available.

Re:MacBook Air (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532694)

As long as you aren't burning CDs Or ever using more than one USB device...

Re:MacBook Air (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532844)

Most people don't use any USB devices most of the time. A simple hub fixes the rest and adds almost no weight, if it's actually a problem.

Especially for someone who travels a lot, what are the odds they're running some sort of insane pile of peripherals?

I might occasionally burn a CD, sync the camera, update some iPod playlists, and occasionally save things to USB drives. I can count on one hand the number of times I've even used two USB ports at the same time with my notebook, and I've got printers and cameras and iPods galore. I know I'm not unusual, and I also know Apple has pretty good market research on how people use computers.

Combination Equipment (1)

DeftPunk79 (1232522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532444)

There are a lot of phones out there that you could find useful. the Iphone gets you on the net pretty well for a phone, doubles as an Ipod, gets your e-mail. It only has a 2 megapixel camera, but there are phones out there with better cameras that have ok net interfaces and you can just carry an ipod, or other non apple product for listening to digital music. Not meaning for this post to be an apple commercial.

Warp-Drive! (1)

clichescreenname (1220316) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532448)



niteice (793961) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532454)

The Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device should be all you need for long-distance travel. And don't worry about hot climates - all Aperture technologies are rated up to 4000 degrees Kelvin.

iPod Touch (1)

The Bringer (653232) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532486)

An iPod Touch makes for a very nice accessory while travelling. The battery life isn't all that great, in comparison to other similar devices on the market, but its WiFi and large screen make it immensely handy. I personally purchased one, after avoiding iPods for a very long time, and I would hate to go a day without it, in retrospect.

Hit me please (1)

whichpaul (733708) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532490)

I know I'm going to get slapped around for suggesting this ... an iPod Touch would ALMOST be the ideal pocket size, travel computer IF the darn thing could be hooked up to a digital camera via USB. It's tiny, it has WiFi, a web browser and a great interface.

Re:Hit me please (1)

mr_matticus (928346) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532972)

The funny thing is that once upon a time, there WAS an iPod accessory for connecting to certain digital cameras. It didn't do very well, but I think that's because the iPod touch didn't exist.

A Bluetooth keyboard (foldable, even) and bringing back the USB connector (just cameras and flash drives would be fine given the limited resources of the Touch) would make that little machine the belle of the ball.

Camera suggestion (1)

mindsuck (607395) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532508)

The Olympus SW cameras are really great to take everywhere you go. You should check them out [] .

Damn.... (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532534)

I thought this would be a neat thread about next generation interstellar engines.

Not hi tech but (0, Redundant)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532544)

A roll of toilet paper is a really good idea.

compromise and consolidate (1)

mallwitt (1245068) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532550)

Get yourself a Nokia N95 with 8GB onboard, and a T series Thinkpad. The N95 isn't the sexiest or sleekest, but it combines most of the functions you are looking for (email, GPS, Media, light PIM and a decent camera) and quadband GSM coverage. The T Series Thinkpad is resonably thin and light without sacrificing performance. With Centrino and a 14" screen you'll have a nice light and powerful system for working 'in the field', while a docking station will allow you to use more of the power when at home. In the end niether will be perfect, but they'll do most of what you are looking for with a resonable degree of performance for weight. Just don't expect it to be Cheap. Remember, you only get two (Cheap and fast but no good, Fast and good but not cheap, or Cheap and good but not fast). Lurking for years and this is the post that I signed up for... work really is dull.

I want (1)

humphrm (18130) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532566)

I want cling peaches, in thick syrup.

You've already said what you need... (2, Informative)

mrboyd (1211932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532574)

- LAPTOP: Get one of the small Vaio.

- PHONE: Get a Nokia e61i/SonyE P1, they have a real keyboard and gsm, grps, edge, 3g, wifi, should get your mail mostly everywhere. I also have a crackberry subscription with intl roaming works on both phone with some added software and I use the gmail phone app when I need to search through my old emails. (it also work with exchange push mail, depending on what your company is using.)

- GPS: Get a real GPS. I suggest the Garmin 60Csx. It has a lot of memory, a sirf3 receiver, is rugged and waterproof. Otherwise you can get the GPS module from nokia for the e61i. I would never go for a GPS that doesn't use AA battery but that's just because I use my GPS a lot while going through no-mans-land and it would really suck to die in the desert because I can't find anywhere to plug my Nokia power adapter... Oh and it has relatively good map coverage, although not always up to date in some remote countries. And remember that almost no-one will be able to give you their GPS coordinate so unless you have the maps to look up addresses it's mostly useless. :)
Oh and the 60C* series will give you an adventurer look, and you know all the girl likes Indiana jones. j/k

- MUSIC: Get an mp3 player. If you travel for extended period of time, and can't live with your music get one that works on AA(A) batteries that you can replace, otherwise just get anything they are all the same anyway. I stopped using mine, I have some music on the phone's flash memory, I only carry headphones to use instead of the broken piece of junk they give you in planes.

- CAMERA: The e61i has a crappy camera but enough for snapping the white-board after a meeting. Imho Canon has very good products, last time I check you could find 7MP camera that will fit in your pocket very easily but still give you control over many settings. (iso, white balance, shutter speed, flash etc..)

- Get a good bag. Case logic has a wide selection of smartly designed laptop bag. There are other brand some with matching carry-on.

Don't forget the 7 in one plug adapter you can find in most airport. always useful. If you have the stamina, an additional battery for the laptop is always handy. I don't know what you wear but if you have to suit up, it good to have a special bag for suits as you can't always find a iron in the hotels.

Have fun traveling.

Travel Electronics (1)

sobiloff (29859) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532584)

You don't say what kind of work you do, but if you can get away with a smaller screen there are plenty of 12" notebooks with very good battery life. That's my favorite screen size since I can still use it in cramped coach airline seats, especially if I can hook it up to a larger display (ideally 20" or better, but even 17" helps) when I get to my destination or home. (Unfortunately there isn't a new Mac laptop w/ a 12" screen available any longer, but Lenovo has a decent one.) If you need the screen real estate all the time, or can't get a larger display at the office, then suck it up and go with a 15" laptop.

Get a good wireless mouse (the Logitech laser ones have worked well for me), too, as you just can't get the same level of speed or precision with trackpads or sticks.

As for phones, the BlackBerry 8800 is excellent (assuming your company runs BES or Good), although you will need to charge it every day if you get a fair amount of email. It also includes the built-in TeleNav software that works pretty well, so it meets your need for GPS assistance. You can also store some MP3s on it as well if you don't need a ton of music with you. Personally, I use an iPod Shuffle because I keep a bunch of aggro music on it to listen to while working out, and its solid-state flash memory doesn't mind getting bounced around while running. (The 8800 is just too big to run with.) The Shuffle works well and lasts a long time on the plane, too. The rest of the time I'll listen to,, or similar streaming services when I have network and power connections.

You're right that a full-sized DSLR is too big, so go with the Canon G9--very good quality and RAW output make it the perfect every-day-carry camera. I'm wishing my Canon S500 would die so that I'd have an excuse to get a G9, but Canon's compact cameras are built quite tough. I've even taken mine scuba diving (with the Canon waterproof case, of course) about half a dozen times and it does very well for the price. I'm a Nikon fan when it comes to full-sized DSLRs, but Canon gets my money in the compact market.

phone (1)

praveen k (947322) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532596)

Check out the E90 from Nokia. It has most of what you need, a 3MP camera, GPS, full support for email, etc.

My thoughts: (1)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532598)

Laptop: whatever fits your size and your price. if you don't need a speed demon, then those are likely to be your key points -- that and battery life. Nothing you can buy today is likely to be to slow for most work -- unless you get it with Vista. Linux, Windows XP or a Mac are your better choices in terms of OS.

cell phone: Don't ask me. Find someone who really cares about the different models. You'd probably be best with a combined phone/GPS rather than having two separate units.

Camera: If you tend to travel into strange places, you might want to consider one of the waterproof/dustproof models. (I know that Pentax makes one)... It's not too good for zoom range but they have few exposed parts and can easily handle dirty/wet environments, if you want to take a picture in a (dust) storm. They also tend to be more able to take a physical beating.
Most small cameras, these days, take AA batteries -- You might also want to get some NiMH batteries and a charger that will take varied voltages. Many NiMH chargers also have a cord that will allow you to charge off of a cigarette lighter plug -- smaller and more universal. With a 15 minute charger and a cigarette lighter plug, you can charge your batteries on the way to/from ... wherever. (also good for other units that take AA or AAA batteries).

Best travel gadgets - A Review on Endgadget (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532614)

I've been there... a fan of small and portable notebooks, phones, GPS, cameras, and all, I long and hard to find schwag for traveling the world. Check this review: []

Is this trip really necessary? (1, Offtopic)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532628)

Do you really need to go?

I gave up plane travel years ago.

Get everything in one device! (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532636)

E-Ten Glofiish X500+ [] and an Eleksen roll-up bluetooth keyboard [] .

GSM quad band phone - communications and 3G connectivity. WiFi for non-cell 'net access. VGA screen so browsing is actually usable. MicroSD cards so you can have several 4 GB cards to store pretty much anything. Built-in camera. Windows Mobile Pro so you can read/edit Word docs, use PDF readers, etc. GPS so you don't get lost. And the keyboard for when you need to type for more than a few minutes.

You'll get all the media player capability you want, all the connectivity you could want, hours and hours of battery life, and it all fits in your pocket.

The best is low tech... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532654)

It's called "a book".

Well (3, Informative)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532656)

If you buy a nintendo DS (or older PSP), you could just upload your music onto that device. The battery life isn't as good as an iPod, but it'll last most lengthy flights pretty well (assuming you don't want it on while you sleep).

You just need the right hardware/software along with your DS, of course. Which isn't that hard to come by.

Check The mod goDS at [] for more information and (best of all) links to more information sources beyond themselves. The basic "kits" will run about $100. Personally I just use my DS for playing a few games I own so I never bothered buying all the extras, but after seeing all my friend's things, I kinda regret buying an MP3 player...

No Laptop (4, Interesting)

dracocat (554744) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532664)

First thing I would do is get away from the notion that you "need" your laptop. Taking that off your list will make you a LOT happier. There are Business Centers and Internet Cafe's all over the world. A gotomypc account and a USB drive should handle all of your situations. Seriously think about that one. Once you stop lugging that thing all around the world you will be so much happier.

Sure you might want to work on the airplane while you fly over the ocean. Print it out, bring a pen.

Ridiculous shill (3, Funny)

rufusdufus (450462) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532666)

This submission is a ridiculous shill. Put in my anonymous hmm? Could our theoretical traveller with vague needs be..oh I don't editor of CNET?

Travel Arsenal (1)

aaarrrgggh (9205) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532682)

The first priority is to minimize cords and chargers; pick devices that can share the same chargers as much as possible. Blackberrys and Motorola phones both charge from the same mini-usb charger or through the laptop. If I could find a camera that did the same, it would go a long way. Disposable or AA/AAA format rechargables might sound good, but they really are a pain in the ass.

After you manage that feat, see if you can find a laptop that just needs 24V or 12V external power source that you can find a generic power supply for that can be multi-function in some fashion with easily interchangeable tips will get you that extra distance.

Skip the dedicated GPS-- unless you will really be out in places that you can die if you don't find your way out. (A guide might actually be a better investment then...) If you are doing a lot of driving... it might make sense, but if you are scattered over a lot of different places it won't be as effective as you might hope.

Camera... the DSLR is a pain to lug, especially with extra lenses, but the quality is better. Go with a smaller camera (I like the Pentax Optio series) and take more pictures.

Laptop... if weight *really* matters, as I have said in other similar threads, I used to use a Palm V with an external keyboard. A Nokia 770/800/810 would almost do today, if your storage can be a server elsewhere. (This is often more of a challenge than one would expect. I have had to wait 24 hours for information to upload before...) In a lot of places, you can tether your phone to something like a N800 pretty cheap.

Main key is to decide what your primary need is-- infotainment, communication, "work," documentation of your days, ..?

Re:Travel Arsenal (1)

Jasin Natael (14968) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532846)

If you're traveling with a GPS device much, you may want to look into a universal Solar Recharger. You can get several models that will charge any 3V-5.5V device, some have internal NiCd batteries so they can soak up the juice and then charge something later, and I've even seen models with a hand crank in addition to the battery. Mine has a super-bright LED as well that is a nice flashlight in a pinch. They come with all the standard cables for most PDA's, cell phones, mini USB, and iPods. The adapter cables are only a few inches long, and you should be able to fit all of the ones you need in a dice pouch. I got mine from; it should run less than $20.00 all inclusive.

I would also HIGHLY recommend retractable USB cables for traveling. I got mine at a dollar store in the US, and boy, am I glad I did.

Sony Vaio TX Series (1)

Daniel Zappala (15756) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532704)

I've tried the IBM ultraportable (no CD/DVD) and the Dell, and wound up liking my Sony Vaio TX Series the best. It's extremely light (2.84 lbs), 11" WXGA screen at 1366x768, and a keyboard that is only slightly smaller than normal and very usable. It's one of the few ultraportables with a builtin DVD, which is important for me because I hate carrying around an external drive. I get about 3.5 hours on the battery, and since I have a spare I have plenty of power when I'm on the plane. I haven't seen anything else (include the new Mac or the new IBM) that would make me give it up. Runs Gentoo beautifully.

I basically use it all day, every day, not just when I travel, that's how much I like it. It's so light that I have to double-check to make sure I have it with me.

super-durable small camera: Olympus Stylus (2, Informative)

kalinin (548316) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532742)

This line has evolved to be waterproof (dive 33 feet deep), dustproof, crushproof, freezeproof. But is still small and light. Just feels a bit more solid than most. The latest model has 10 megapixels.

I own the model from a couple years back (stylus 800, 8 megapixels). Not yet waterproof, but has survided a fall into the pool. Not yet crushproof, but has survived a 6ft fall onto concrete.

Only minuses: takes proprietary Olympus (xD) memory cards, but adapters for miniSD are available. Also, picture delay is bigger than some.

All in all, could not be more satisfied. Get that latest 10 megapixel survive-everything model and you will be pretty much set.

Nokia N95 8GB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532772)

The best thing I can think of is this, the Nokia N95 8GB, it has:
1. Built-in GPS + maps
2. A 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics
3. Full multimedia capabilities (video and audio)+ 8GB of flash memory (expandable)

One of these and an eee pc and you're set (total cost approx $900 new).

Re:Nokia N95 8GB (1)

Catcher80 (639611) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532852)

I agree with parent post, the Nokia N95 8GB should be great. You can hit up Nokia's website for the specs, or phonescoop of course. They are coming out with the N96 sometime this year too, it looks promising as well, but the Nokia N-series is definitely the leading edge of its category.

Lame (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532854)

While read this this "Ask Slashdot" I kept hearing the voice of some flaky blond chick asking her friends what top she should wear to go clubbing. WHO CARES! Just pick something and wear it. It doesn't really matter.

I kinda got the impression that the author was looking for an excuse to brag about how he gets to travel the world for a living. It least that is why I hope he submitted this question. Because if he can't do a little shopping around for himself... well, that would just be sad.

Too vague but here we go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22532922)

I'm travelling at the moment so I feel qialified for this question ;)

Your first problem is weight as you've said, this is worse because your going to have to carry all this kit around with you alot of the time due to its value. Second problem is battery life and charging, it's a complete pain not only do you have to haul around the device itself but myriad chargers.

So to make life easier, whatever devices you buy try to make sure they have standardised charging ports, this effectively means some varient on USB, which allows it to be charged from your laptop meaning all you probably ever need to carry is your laptop power supply, and everything else charges off it. That's potentially 2-3 extra power bricks you just lost.

Now in theory your Smartphone either Windows Mobile or Symbian (iphone doesn't do gps and android ain't out yet) will do gps + music + whatever. My suspicion is that Windows Mobile has more in terms of map software available but that symbian has far better battery life. Either way though battery life on smartphones is not good, if your going to be using it regularly, realistically your going to have to charge it everyday. So realistically you can get away with a good smartphone and your laptop and if you buy a couple spare batteries for the phone you'll take care of the battery life problem.

To throw some other things into the mix. If your going to have multiple devices try and make sure you standardise on an sd card format aka nowadays, microsd. This means you can pop the card out of one device and into another, especially useful if two devices support mp3 playback.

Also there are some options with mobile phones, you can buy pretty good quad band gsm dual sim phones in asia, samsung especially has a nice model out. That's one phone with two working sims in at the same time, meaning you could keep an international sim and a local sim in the same phone, which can save alot if your going to me making alot of calls, and is alot more convenient than carrying two phones. Unfortunately to my knowledge there are no smartphones that currently support this.

Finally on the same topic you could setup a skype call forward on a number in your home country that forwards to your local sim, I'm using this at the moment, I have a UK number which forwards to my chinese sim, the costs are relatively cheap (around 2c per min approx) which gives you the added benefit of having a single number you can be reached on no matter where you are in the world for a cheap price.

Some things to consider at any rate.

Nokia N95-3 (US) to start with (1)

cowbean (711049) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532926)

It's a pretty good phone, and the camera on it (5 MP, although megapixel counts are largely useless) is decent in that the autofocus is useful, and low-light performance is good without using the flash. In addition you can use it as a bluetooth or USB modem, when in 3G coverage the speed is pretty nice. As for satnav, the N95 also has GPS. Google maps is usually a better experience than the bundled navigation software, as it is has snappy performance, and can utilize both GPS data as well as cell-tower triangulation. However, you will have to be in data-coverage to use it. Outside of data coverage, you can use the bundled nav software with pre-downloaded maps. It's an adequate music player, and you could probably even watch movies on it. Full youtube access is nice, and emTube lets you download youtube movies for non-networked viewing. Of course if you are using all these features, an extra battery, or a USB charging cable would probably be good. I just ordered a Fujitsu P1620, on reports of it as a lightweight convertible tablet with an SSD option and gobs of battery life and good linux compatibility. Might be a good option to consider, given your requirements.

By far the best tech for long distance travel is.. (4, Funny)

The Famous Druid (89404) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532954)

Warp Drive.

everyone have her/his pick, here mine (1)

denisbergeron (197036) | more than 6 years ago | (#22532996)

For the laptop, I use a HP TX, AMD dual core tablet with 3h batterry, 4lbs, burner, sd/ms reader etc. for ±1k$, you can find driver for Xp and Linux
For the music, you have plenty of choose
Same for GSM phone with gps, I got the HTC, nice package
For the camera, today, only one can have all the SLR function/benefice without the weight it's the canon G9. Hope this will help you.

Hard question... (1)

das_magpie (1149995) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533042)

So you really need a modern laptop and a modern Nokia that can interface with you're laptop?

A Couple Thoughts... (4, Insightful)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533052)

You sound like you haven't traveled much.

First, you don't need your music. You simply want it.

Second, anything you return to the USA with may be taken at the border and searched, including computers and storage devices. Be aware of the information you're traveling with, and where it's backed up otherwise.

Thirdly, don't take anything you can't afford to lose. The USA are not the only border guards you'll face, along with all the other predators out looking to take advantage of the richly equipped foreign traveler.

most used item: quad and cellphone with camera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22533112)

The most frequently used item in my recent travels has been my quad-band cellphone and the features that were most used were telephone, alarm, 2MP camera and GPRS/EDGE. Some other ones in the camera that I used: LED flashlight and bluetooth. I wish it had a qwerty keyboard and that would have been perfect and ideal. I had a p&s digital camera with me for other times, but only when I really wanted to take a picture. Any cheap P&S will do. Laptops are too heavy and handheld-small PCs are too cumbersome. Whenever I needed a laptop, I needed a good, normal-sized one. Otherwise, try to maximize the use of your phone. That is what most people do.

HTC Kaiser - For your phone (1)

StrategicIrony (1183007) | more than 6 years ago | (#22533166)

I'm very partial to the HTC Kaiser (aka "ATT 8925" aka "ATT Tilt" aka "HTC Tytn II").

It is GSM quad-band for global travel, uses UMTS/HSDPA 3G technolgoy for awesome global mobile broadband and it also has WiFi built in (though European and Asian standards vary slightly it should still connect to most foriegn wifi hotspots). (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz + 3.6Mbps Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100Mhz + 2.4Ghz 802.11b wifi)

It also has a GPS built in. When combined with Google maps, it has all the GPS technology you need (note, google maps requires internet connectivity where you are browsing from). If you need offline GPS, you can purchase a TomTom package for it and install it on a large micro SD card.

The best feature is the full-thumb-sized QWERTY keyboard. These HTC phones are the king of mobile-phone typing, backlit keyboard and killer features.

In a pinch, it also works as a reasonably capable mp3 player, though the battery life isn't great so it probably shouldn't be your primary.

Frankly, the battery life will be your biggest issue as they only run about a day and a half on batteries when getting email all the time and shorter if you're using it a lot. I have an giant extended li-poly battery in mine to get 3-4 days out of it but it adds a ton to the bulk and is an akward shape.

Still, along with Windows Moble functionality, there is a capable (though not really too nice) 3mp camera, it could be an all-in-one for the things you need, though I would recommend a seperate camera as well (the Canon Elph models rock for image quality vs small size).

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