A Techie Goes on Vacation

4 08 2011

Gloria Sin of ZDNet lets us in on what tech gadgets she takes with her on vacation.

One of the last thing I had to pack for my vacation this week was my gadget bag and the corresponding cords and plugs. I had to strike the best balance between packing light and bringing everything I could possibly need for my week away from home. After all, you don’t want to weighed down by too much gear that just becomes too heavy to tote around all day, but you won’t want to miss that priceless shot because water got into your expensive camera. Here’s a peak inside my vacation gear bag and why I couldn’t leave home without these gadgets.

  • LG Thrill 4G: This review unit from AT&T literally arrived just as I was about to leave on my trip so I decided to bring it along to see how it would perform on the road. I will be comparing its performance with the HTC Evo 3D in an upcoming review.
  • Nintendo 3DS & Nintendo DS Lite: I’ll admit it: I’m currently hooked on playing Nintendogs + Cats on my Nintendo 3DS so I couldn’t leave my virtual dog behind, but the 3DS’ poor battery life means my DS Lite will be a more reliable source of entertainment when I can’t charge the 3DS. I realize the 3DS is backwards compatible with DS games so the newer device will suffice for most people, but this way I can play in multi-player mode with my friends. One can never have too many handheld portable gaming consoles, in my humble opinion.
  • Asus Eee 901 netbook with a wireless mouse, Virgin Mobile 3G USB Modem, Porsche + LaCie 750 GB Portable Hard Drive and retractable headset: The 8.9″ Eee netbook is small and light enough to slide into my carry-on and yet powerful enough for me to write from anywhere. While I don’t mind using my netbook’s touchpad, I find I can get things done faster with an external mouse so I tend to pack one along, just in case. Having never stayed in my hotel before, I had no idea what kind of Internet connection is available so I decided to bring along my Virgin Mobile USB 3G Modem for insurance. My retractable headet is a very space efficient accessory to turn my netbook into a VoIP phone and entertainment unit when necessary. I also packed the portable 500 GB hard drive from Porsche and LaCie so I can backup my photos from my smartphone’s SD card to a more reliable source. Its small form factor and large capacity really made the hard drive a no-brainer to pack.
  • Samsung Infuse 4G: It’s massive 4.5″ SUPER AMOLED touchscreen is a great benefit when I don’t have time to whip out my glasses to scan my emails. Plus, its 8-megapixel rear camera offers pretty accurate colors and captures shots relatively quickly so I don’t have to bother with a point-and-shoot.
  • Nokia N900: This smartphone may be from 2009 but its smaller display at 3.5″ means it’s easier to slide into most pockets, plus its 5-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss Optics can be accessed via an external button and by opening the Carl Zeiss lense cover, which means I can capture images quickly.
  • Lok Sak Resealable Element Proof Transport and Storage Bags: None of my devices are waterproof out-of-box so these resealable bags are handy to store my phones (especially the review unit) even if I get caught in a passing thunderstorm.

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