looking for advices on devices

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1. Posted by Soultime (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Initially, while planning an extended trip, I thought, "I've got a Pixel phone and a Kindle pad. Maybe that will be enough. After all, I don't do much on social media." However, I want to write while on my trip. So now I'm thinking I need a chromebook or laptop. I've never owned a chromebook. I hear they're safer, security-wise, but you can't do as much as you can on a laptop. I would like to hear from anyone who's traveled for long periods and has used either or both to write and post on blogs.

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1523 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I always travel with a 13-inch laptop and a mobile phone (now a Samsung S20 5G but with Pixels in the past). I take photos and videos with my mobile phone and post them immediately to my Facebook page with Google Fi, which works in 200+ countries and territories. I use the laptop to transfer, store and edit photos and videos that I take with my camera(s). I also track expenses with my laptop; and in the past have used it to keep a diary or journal. I use it to make ongoing travel arrangements and help moderate Travellerspoint. The laptop/mobile phone combo has served me well in years of travel around the globe. I've never had security issues with my laptop. I keep and access important files with Dropbox, use a password manager, etc.

I often travel with a friend who only uses a Pixel phone (with Google Fi) and an iPad. She uses the latter to read downloaded material, including books from the New York Public Library and watch Netflix videos. She doesn't take as many photos nor write as extensively as I do.

3. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 209 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I travel with an iPhone and iPad - though expect I'll be switching to iPhone and laptop in future (but sticking with iPhone & iPad for cycle touring - weight & volume).

Phone is useful as a phone (dual SIM is going to be a great help as UK banks seem to need to send you a one-time-passcode for many transactions and this can only be a SMS text so you need your UK SIM active but local SIM is important for getting data at a reasonable price. Also phone useful for mapping e.g. create a waypoint at location of next hostel and use GPS to find your way there from bus station (but be careful showing a phone in public in some places).

The iPad/tablet used for photo processing, uploading photos to cloud for backup, updating personal website, planning and booking next place on trip (I don't plan far ahead but decide underway and adjust after talking to others). When cycle touring also used for route planning (turn by turn directions), downloading routes, etc.

Despite being a high-end iPad the issues were: screen not adequate for photo processing (not accurate rendering and now I look at photos they need re-processing properly), storage too limiting, software/apps limiting (I use Lightroom and the mobile/CC versions are low functionality compared to the Classic version). Benefits are size, weight, power).


4. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 209 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I should add (forgot it), I also take a Kindle paperwhite but (for me) it is only useful for reading text/novels. One trip I tried downloading a travel guide but the maps were useless on the paperwhite display and there are far more extensive online sources for info through a tablet/phone web browser or app (e.g. hostel booking sites have way way more choice with reviews that the limited listings in a guide book). But I love reading so Kindle is for me an important luxury.


[ Edit: Edited on 4 Sep 2021, 11:54 GMT by Psamathe ]

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3525 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

"advices on devices..."

I normally travel with a small laptop/netbook. Last one was an Asus 10 inch. This netbook died an honorable death around the 5+ year mark after years of being banged around. I have a larger Asus at home and an old Imac. Presently looking for another 11 -13 inch netbook/laptop. Probably after Win 11 becomes more available other than just an upgrade.

On my laptop computers I do not rely on a single browser. Besides Edge, I also have Firefox and Chrome. When I access my bank websites - and they want confirmation - they send the confirmation number to one of my back up email address. So far no problem confirming who I am when overseas. (I use different email addresses for business vs personal emails.) I get by with the free virus programs you can download from a trusted website, so far so good after many years! When overseas I do not have bank and some other private websites with saved passwords. Same for opening the laptop. Why make it easier for a thief to use your computer after stealing it!

I am not into smart phones. Anything important to read or see will still be available on my computer when I return home. (Or return to hotel.) At home my cell phone is a cheap TracFone, about 10 bucks now. I don't need to photograph my meals, or be able to see images 24/7. I do something novel with my phone - I talk on it! Friends know I have no patience with long messages! Any return message will get the same answers - yes, no or call! I have similar cheap cell phones when in some countries.

I now use cheap digital cameras. Earlier in my younger life I actually had employment as a photographer with all sorts of cameras from view cameras, 4X5 press cameras and various roll film cameras. Even professional movie cameras. I do love digital cameras now compared to film cameras! Almost instant results vs the chance of screwing up something in shooting, processing or being careless. Or simply running out of time when changing film. Small size for digital cameras vs my big Nikons and lenses makes my bag a little lighter too!

In the US I have seen some cheap Chromebooks starting somewhere around $150. Not much storage but there is Cloud Storage available although I prefer a computer with at least some storage, maybe 128 GB, but I can work with 64 if I have to. I can save some photos in email folders until I get home. I send the photos to another email address and save it there. I suppose there are limits but so far, after many years, have not reached a limit. For those who have to save lots of photos there are hard drives. Some flash drives can be used for saving photos too. (Once arriving SFO from Asia for a connecting flight, a customs agent wanted to check one of my flash drives. Nothing illegal on it but this cramped my time between connecting flights.)

  • I read a lot, my whole life, lots of novels! I tried a Kindle but couldn't get into reading something on plastic. Maybe the later versions are better now. My library has some sort of free downloads available for readers. (I buy cheap paperbacks from yard sales for pennies. No problem with 20 hour flights, never bored. When a novel is complete I "donate" it somehow.)

Good luck.

6. Posted by Soultime (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the information. I agree: lunch is to be eaten, not photographed.

7. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 209 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Soultime

Thanks for the information. I agree: lunch is to be eaten, not photographed.

Except tomorrow you'll be having another lunch but wont be going back to the same amazing place. For me recording my visit is an important aspect for memory after returning home. Of course experiencing the place is important but you can do both, they are not mutually exclusive.

And I've found that taking photographs need not interfere with visiting somewhere, it can even improve things e.g. trying to take a picture of a temple without that orange t-shirt in front and you wander around, try the far side and your exploring angles means you are also exploring the site.