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  1. Some thoughts on tech from non-Apple or Kindle users:

    We have 2 HTC Android phones (both unlocked) and they worked very well on the road. Android is catching up on the number of apps available, but it’s not on the same level as Apple yet. Samsung looks like it’s going to be taking a greater share of the Android market–we saw far more of them than iPhones in Hong Kong, for example. I’m definitely considering one for my next phone.

    A great site for tech reviews that are in-depth but still comprehensible by laypeople is techradar.co.uk. They also have a section of the site that compares SIM card deals, which can be really useful for people travelling in the UK.

    We brought a Packard Bell netbook with us–it was smaller, lighter, and less valuable than my laptop. It measures about 27×18 cm, so fit in hotel safes with no problem. I’m still ambivalent about iPads–the portability is great, but I’m not a fan of touchscreen typing. As for e-readers, we have a Sony that was a leaving gift. Pricewise it’s comparable to the Kindle and uses an indentical e-ink screen and is the same size, so it fits in most Kindle cases. It has wifi, but not 3G, so the Kindle has an advantage there. We found it useful because our local library back home does digital lending so we were able to download e-books while travelling, which was great to be able to update our reading material on the go.

    I think most people probably use the devices you mentioned, but I just wanted to offer some alternatives that can work just as well.

  2. We travel with our Canon G12 (while not super thin, this is the best pseudo-professional non-DSLR camera!), our MacBook and an iPhone 4. One great thing about Apple products is the ability to utilize internet sharing between the devices. Also, we keep several external hard drives on us to dump photos and videos and send them home when they’re full.

      1. We’ve actually been sending them home with family and friends who visit us on the road, which has happened twice in seven months. We’ll have to see how the pace of those visits stay throughout our long-term adventure, though. So, we haven’t gotten to the point yet of having to actually mail them.

      2. Got you! That’s a good option if you’ve got friends coming to visit.

        We’re always super-cautious about post actually arriving, but I think you (and us!) have bigger data needs than most travellers. That’s why I’m now recommending people carry a couple of spare SD cards: superlight, so you can have one backup on you (in a wallet), and another in your hotel. If you get mugged and your hotel burns down at the same time, you’re just damn unlucky!

        They’re much cheaper and easier to post home than a normal hard-drive too.

  3. I’m very happy with my two little Fujifilm point and shoot cameras. Never would have thought to look at a Fujifilm but they got good ratings on camera sites. A professional photographer once warned me to always take 2 cameras. And the one time I didn’t, I dropped one in Madrid and had no pictures for the remainder of that trip.
    For Internet and computing and photo storage, I take an ASUS Eee. Very happy with it right up until I spilled a glass of water on it (at home–thank goodness not in the middle of a trip) and now it is dodgy. But I’ll happily get another one.
    NOT being a part of Apple Fandom, I have an H-P Android phone, but have not used it for international travel yet. The pictures and particularly videos are terrific. And the biggest advantage is the price–way cheaper than I-Phone.
    The other gear thing I like is a carrier for all those charger wires. It’s just a flat board with lots of elastic bands made by Grid-It. I keep everything there all the time, so when I travel, it is just a matter of throwing it in the suitcase. (Helps the security people to have stuff a little better organized than when they see wires snaking through your suitcase, too!)

    1. We’ve had camera’s stolen before, and been cameraless for weeks. I know that pain, but don’t think I’d want the weight (or price) of a backup camera. Good advice if you’re not moving a lot and have an older camera to bring though.

      Would you recommend your specific model? If so, what is it?

      We’ve never carried an organiser for cables, but we do have a little nylon bag that most of them get jammed into — along with the harddrives and a scarf or two for padding. You find the weight/usefulness ratio works out?

  4. Hi guys,

    Great tips here, On the Smart Phone Department I would like to add one more.

    Carry a Dumb Phone as well. Here in India, we have something called a Samsung Guru. It costs just around 35$ and comes with a flashlight and a huge battery. Its battery can last upto a week if you are using it for calls and text regularly, if you just use it for less than 20 minutes a day, it can last about 2-3 weeks. (could be useful if you go into remote places, like some places here in India)

    Plus the flashlight is always handy. Also, you do not have to be too conscious about stolen phones 🙂

    1. Hi Arun, yes – great advice. We long carried a ‘dumb’ Nokia phone, until it got so old the GSM bandwidth just wasn’t supported in a lot of countries. Thanks for the specific brand recommendation for India — great!

  5. i plan to travel with my canon s95, iPhone4 and new iPad 32GB (3rd gen).

    without sounding too apple-obsessed, they really have nutted out being a global company. i love apple because of items like their world adapter kit (http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB974ZM/B). when you buy it in your home country, it comes with every other power plug you would need for any apple product you have!

    also loving their camera connector kit. i will be able to take a photo from my canon s95, plug the SD card into my ipad instantly and upload! i can pixlr-o-matic it, facebook it, tweet it, etc. a lot quick than pulling out a laptop.

    same goes with general photo storing/showing off. the new iPad’s display is brilliant and i can’t wait to take good shots that i can share with family/friends along the way.

    1. Hi Fiona, yes – that’s a great combo. The new photo editing software on the iPad is quite good to use, and replicates all the sharpen/soften/colour adjustment and red-eye removal that you might normally do.

      What about photo backups? Will you leave copies on your camera SD card; or use an online backup system?

      1. ya well that’s the other thing about apple. iCloud. if i’m connected to preferably stable internet, i can just backup everything on my iPad on iCloud. music, photos, games, movies, documents, emails, calendar, everything.

        so i’ll have copies on my SD card, on my iPad and on iCloud. I’m sure that would be enough haha. and if i’m still nervous about losing photos, i’d go to the effort of buying USBs, transferring copies and mailing the USB back home ASAP!

        ridiculously streamline.