Ten Best Travel Gadgets You Would Want to Flaunt in 2011
Here we are again — with 10 new gadgets that can add drive to your journey. The latest travel widgets on the block are picked based on their specific utility and we have tried to suggest the best quality brand in each segment. Assess your requirements well before you zero in on the right gadgets.
Tablet: Apple iPad 2
Tablets were introduced into our daily lives by iPad. Combining the portability of a smartphone and utility of a notebook this device has become an indispensable choice for travelers. The second generation of iPad has hit the market with more attractions, negating the competition created by rival tablets. More than 65000 apps, ranging from utility to entertainment (including GPS-enabled maps, guidebooks, navigation services) to translators, TV viewers, games, and magazines are available for iPad. Carry it with an IPad case-cum-chargers available in the markets to prolong the tablets’ battery life.
Camera: Nikon D3100
Travel time shutterbugs can experience the lens versatility of a professional camera in this entry-level model which comes in a travel-friendly size. For safaris or soccer matches or whimsical clicks during travel, there is no better choice than Nikon’s digital SLR with its up-to-three-frames-per-second speed. Its manual options list seems endless but the star attraction is its “Guide” mode, which delivers on-screen tips for the novices to handle almost any canvas, from low-light close-ups to beachfront portraits. In addition to that you can ensure ultimate camera effectiveness with dependable and durable digital camera accessories here.
Smartphone: Apple iPhone 4
In Smartphone section too Apple is dominating. We don’t have any better phone to suggest than iPhone 4 to carry with you anywhere. Its global credentials and utilities are just two of the many factors which give it the cutting edge. The AT&T version can be taken to roam across the globe, while the new Verizon model is better for state side and can be used as a portable hot spot for just 20$ a month, less than hotel Internet fees.
Bluetooth Headset: Jawbone Era
Bluetooth headsets have become indispensable for our communications while travelling. Military grade noise cancelling technologies integrated with this headset is what makes this gadget distinctly different. The Era efficiently keeps conversations free of outside interference and also has an ultra-clear speaker. All the while, custom apps of your main device can use voice recognition to dictate and also send messages via e-mail and texts. It equips motion sensitive controls which let you answer a call just with a tap.
External Battery: Mophie Juice Pack Air
This is one of the devices which we have mentioned earlier — an apt solution for your iPhone’s running down of battery life. The sleek, light-weight item acts as a mobile charger. A must-have if you are a phone addicted traveler who depletes the battery charge quickly through continuous use.
Laptop: Panasonic S10
An unobtrusive, ultra-portable travel laptop from giants in tech world. This 12.1-inch laptop weighs about 2.8 pounds. The light-weight, thin, S10 can be carried around easily and has a battery that lasts up to 15 1/2 hours on a single charge. Additionally, its water-resistant case can handle up to 220 pounds of pressure. It comes in six different colors.
E-Reader: Amazon Kindle
We prefer to read something during a boring train journey or long flights. During such times it’s better to have an eBook reader than a conventional book. Lighter than an average paperback, it easily slides into the side pocket of your travel bag. An eBook reader can carry for you more than thousands of books and magazines. You have only to choose. Amazon Kindle is the best pick among the lot. Even in this tablet-filled world, eBook reader stands out with its glare-free e-ink screen, making it ideal for both beach and bedtime reading.
GPS: Magellan eXplorist 710
This sturdy utility device is for an adventurer who roams thinly populated or obscure areas. This handheld, waterproof, GPS stylish gadget will be a great guide for hikers and bikers traversing areas with topographical US maps. For anyone who wanders on the long roads and cities on the globe this gadget will be a wonderful addition.
Headphones: V-Moda Vibrato
There are a lot of great noise-cancelling headphones around, but V-Moda Vibrato Planet’s model negates the competition when it comes to `comfort to wear’ and its unmatched sound quality. The device is ideal for multi-music-genre listening for its bass voice without compromising mid-range clarity. This makes this gadget an advantageous choice against its costlier rivals. It comes with a mike.
Video Camera: Flip MinoHD
If you are in the hunt for a simple and fast device to capture high clarity video, Flip MinoHD is the best buy. What you will love most is its user-friendly control. Unique is this camcorder with a physical record button for crisp and clear 720p HD videos. The built-in USB connector acts as a charger in addition to transferring video to your PC. Pack your 14 megapixel Nikon D3100 camera when traveling in order to capture amazing tour photos.