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11. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 5y

Quoting dids1

thank you! - sounds like a kindle & iPod touch might be the best way to go then :)

this has the same specs as a tablet or ipad. if you want a bigger screen and full websites (not the apps, bc the ipod touch/smartphones, on some websites sends you to the app which can be a real bitch, and you can be limited as to what you can do on the site) then you want a tablet/ipad.

12. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 5y

Quoting dids1

thank you! - sounds like a kindle & iPod touch might be the best way to go then :)

ipod touch has a kindle app. kindle does not have everything the touch has.

13. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 5y

Quoting RebeccaTee

my parents went to Italy for a couple weeks this summer, and they found their iPad really useful for getting the numbers of hotels, directions when they got lost in Rome's crazy streets, etc. But for your purposes, I think it'd be more of a tourist indicator than a help, since south america is known for thefts - my parents had a cell phone taken right from the bag on my dad's back as they walked down the street. But then again, its really helpful in those areas because obviously Wifi isnt going to be avaliable in most places, and its many many many apps can help in every area, even language difficulties.

wifi is REDIBLE AVAILABLE in the places your going. unless you want something to do on planes/trains/hotels ... then you would want pad/smartphone.kindle/whatever ... internet cafes are ALL OVER, and technically u wont need any of these. ipod touch are bitch to type on.

14. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 5y

i find my blackberry fine nowdays, data off whilst roaming it scans for free wifi so picks them up in coffee shops, hotels, bars, stations etc..
ok the only downside is no skype, but there are a few other comparable apps that do the same thing.
Ipads are just glorified ebooks without the battery life and expensive toy's. fine if you want to look at pic's or watch a movie, but slow on interweb, not connection friendly (ever tried plugging in a usb hard-drive into one?) and your tied to itunes to add anything of use.
There are loads of netbooks about that like said previously 1/2 the price, double the spec just missing the mind numbing name Apple.
I've got a sony TZ series 10" laptop at home, it's a tiny lightweight but still has some serious punch to it but gets used less and less as the blackberry is lighter to carry about and i have got sick of the mess of cables and charges in my bag.

15. Posted by RTtravels (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Not sure if you have already made a decision but we are just coming to an end of a 9 week trip through the States and South America. I was given an iPad as a gift before we left and it has been a life saver! Super useful for uploading photo's and blogs, emailing, booking hotels/hostels etc, don't know what we would have done without it! Stayed in some basic hotels, especially in South America, but never felt the threat of it being stolen, and all hostels and a lot of restaurants have wifi so you can always get online!

If you do go for it one suggestion would be to download iPhoto's before you leave, you cannot upload photo's onto blogs or Facebook without it.

Also handy to download some series/movies for some of the long bus trips you may be doing!

As a South African I am stoked that you are going to Cape Town, you will love it!

Happy travels :)

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