When travelling, technology is sometimes a lifesaver. And now with web enabled phones, it’s really easy to get travel apps for your iPhone, iPad or smartphone that help point you in the right direction. Some work like modern day maps, others just show you where to find great food.
Travellers are increasingly looking to pick up languages skills and destination advice long before they’ve packed their bags. And there are travel apps for these too.
There’s even an app that turns your phone into a flashlight. And if you like to write as you roll, we’ve sourced a travel app that lets you upload your own destination reviews.
If you are already using an app not featured, let us know and we’ll check it out and add it to our list.
“Sorry, can’t chat, battery’s about to run o…” I can’t count the amount of times I’ve uttered those words and still not bought a portable battery pack. Despite the continuous stream of new gadgets and technical innovations we’ve been wowed with over the past few years, battery-life still manages to let us down.
This January, when planning a once in a lifetime trip to Antarctica, I was determined not to let my batteries beat me and to get the Veho Pebble reviewed properly. I’d be spending three weeks cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula, but getting to the port was the initial challenge: from front door to icebreaker, I faced three separate flights and more than two days of solid travel. And, travelling solo, it would be a real-world test of this vital piece of technical back-up.
Well, last year it was the dawn of the tablets. But what changes are afoot in the growing market for travel laptops in 2012? Basic requirements remain largely unchanged: long battery life, light weight, portability, ruggedness, connectivity etc.
Really, it’s all about the ultrabooks this year. And with faster chips and strengthened build, they are proving ultra-light and ultra-capable.
In our Top 10 Travel Laptops for 2010 and last year’s Best Travel Laptops 2011 we had small, light and useful; this year you can add powerful and pricey. We’re seeing a a no-compromise approach, where super-svelte (commonly silver) ultrabooks deliver everything you’d expect from much larger machines. And some even cram in a DVD-drive. How retro!
If the MacBook Air started this category, it’s now got a stream of competitors eager to get your custom. We’ve got you the basics here, and a couple of heavyweights to finish for the die-hard adventurers out there.
Having a problem at home with your computer is frustrating, but having one on the road is truly troubling. Where did those files go? Which version am I looking at? And worse of all, where the hell is my backup? Having one of the best travel laptops of 2011 won’t help you, and taking a tablet on your travels is no protection against a virus.
Here’s three ways to keep your files save when travelling.
Travelling with a cloud over your head need not be a bad thing… If you’ve still to get to grips with the concept of cloud computing, then here’s where the penny might drop. The cloud is online space. It’s a place where software can be hosted which ‘is in the cloud’, but more importantly it’s where your data can live. Google Docs works well, we love Dropbox (looks like any other folder on your computer) and there’s iCloud from the ever clever Apple people, to name just a few.
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