It’s hard *not* to be connected these days. Travel used to be about getting off the grid (and it still can be), but these days, half of the fun of travel is sharing your experiences with friends and family back home via social media.
And let’s not forget just how useful things like google maps and online booking and planning agents can be when on the road!
So what sort of technology should you take traveling?
Most people will take a smart phone. I mean, it does pretty much everything, it even takes photos and video. But usually when people are traveling they want a little something more. Maybe you want a bigger screen for watching movies on the bus, or you want something a little more capable for browsing the web and editing photos.
But most people don’t want to carry bulky laptop. So that narrows it down to either a tablet or a netbook.
I used to travel with a netbook. It was good because it was much lighter than my normal computer, but it certainly didn’t have the processing power. In fact, I wouldn’t say it was any better than the tablet. And the tablet is even much lighter than a netbook as well.
BUT if you are like me, then you HATE typing on a touch screen. I can only handle it for about the length of time it takes to write a text message, but I HATE having to type anything longer. In fact, the only time I will respond to an email from my phone or tablet if when it is really *really* urgent.
But I found a solution. It’s the Logitech bluetooth keyboard. Logitech offers several varieties, but the one I decided on is the K810 which has a couple extra special features. Firstly, you can link it up with up to three different bluetooth devices – smartphones, tablets, or PC’s. The best thing is, the keyboard has a shortcut in the upper left corner where you can seamlessly switch between the three devices just with the click of a button.
It’s easy to set up. I synched it with my tablet in about 30 seconds. Lastly, I love the smart way in which the key backlight adjusts. As the environment darkens, the keys automatically adjust.
But can a tablet really replace a laptop? Well there are a few situations where it just won’t. If you take lots of high resolution photos and video on a DSLR of other camera you are going to have an issue with downloading and storing your files from the camera. Also if you want to do any photo or video editing with heavy programs like lightroom, final cut pro, or photoshop then you will definitely need a computer.
But if you are only going on a short trip and don’t need the storage OR if you don’t need the storage and only want something to send emails and surf the web then a tablet would work for you perfectly!
But can you ever get over the annoyance of typing on a tablet? Well, believe it or not, I wrote this entire post on a tablet. Not with a touch screen though, but with my Logitech bluetooth keyboard.
And even with adding the extra piece of technology with the keyboard – it is still significantly lighter than a netbook.
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