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min-laptop vs iPod Touch

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1. Posted by z-dave (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi All

I'm starting to put together my wish list for my RTW kicking off in Sept, and it's got me thinking about gadgets and gizmos. What should I do with my 'phone, should I take my iPod, what camera etc.

Anyhoo - the question that I'm sure will bring a host of interesting answers, is where to take a laptop or not. Sure it's handy for booking hostels, checking emails etc, but is it worth the weight? I concede it's handy for emailing, posting photos, watching movies, getting music etc.
But what about an iPod touch? Does it compare?

Any views on the subject welcome!!

Many thanks to you all


2. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

1) Leave your phone at home, you dont need it.

2) Definitely take your I pod, I've also got a little speaker.

3) I carry a little 8mb camera for its compactness. However it has its limitation's, and can be annoying when you're standing in front of the most amazing view but the camera wont do it justice. SLR's are bulky but great photos. If you have the money you could try a compromise and get something in between, look up the canon G10.

4) Im sorry if I offend but I hate seeing people travelling with laptops, its so sad. .......

.......Take a memory stick or just get photo's burnt on a disc. You dont need to download music or movies. Why do people go halfway around the world to sit in front of facebook. You can e mail etc briefly and for cheap in internet suite's then get out there and explore.

Why do we need to e mail all the time, be in contact all the time...... Check e mails once or twice a week.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-May-2009, at 18:22 by trainrider ]

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

There's a good post on Travelblogs about the pros and cons of travelling with a laptop. Personally I couldn't travel without it, but that's because I'm usually working while travelling (owning your own business kind of does that to you).

An iphone will actually cover all the options (phone/laptop & music all in one). If you are taking an ipod anyway, it might as well be one with wifi on it, ie. either the touch or the iphone ;)

4. Posted by james424 (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

You simply don't need a laptop while you're away. If you're somewhere where there is wifi or internet there will certainly be a computer you can use. There are internet shops all over the world and are generally fairly modetly prices. Photos can go onto a USB or websites such as Flickr and Facebook. An iPod touch however is a good idea, as it can hold loads of music, podcasts and games, all of which will be hugely welcome when you get on a plane for 12 hours!

5. Posted by risktaker (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I brought both on my last trip.. I used the laptop maybe once... the Ipod touch did come in handy because it was easy to carry.. but only really worth it if you can find internet or want to use it for music purposes