Whether you’re planning a once-in-lifetime trip with friends or a yearly excursion with family, now more than ever it’s easy to stay connected with those back home while on a vacation. Both fun and useful tech tools have been created that will help you do everything from show your latest photo to your friends to checking in with your boss. Being on a vacation requires that you enjoy both those quiet and crazy times, we’ve put together this list of 8 modern tech tools we think you should take on your next vacation.
1. iPhone 5
If there’s one smartphone that can do it all, it’s the iPhone 5. Why lug around an expensive camera when you have an 8MP one right at your fingertips? The sleek, lightweight smartphone boasts a Retina display so you can check out your images on the super-high resolution display before you share them with your friends via apps like Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget that with the iPhone 5 you can also take panoramic pics at 240 degrees or take an HD video of those moments you want captured forever. The iPhone 5 also now has Passport, which lets you store your electronic boarding passes all in one place.
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2. CB2 Universal Travel Adapter
When traveling overseas, don’t forget your travel adapter! The Universal Travel Adapter
by CB2, comes in eye-popping colors like orange, green, blue or pink and is compact and portable enough to take with you anywhere. It works all around the world, or in more than 150 countries including Australia, Europe, India and China.
3. New Trent: iTorch Charger, External Battery Pack
If you own a smartphone like the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3, chances are you’ve run out of battery somewhere in your day. This can be especially frustrating if your phone’s battery keeps dying on you while you’re on vacation. Now, with New Trent’s iTorch IMP52D Charger
, you won’t have to worry about that problem. This sleek, pocket-friendly external battery with built-in laser and LED flashlight is compatible with most Apple and Android smartphones and can increase its battery life by up to three times. For those who do everything on their phones, this is a must-have gadget.
4. Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Why settle for anything but the best when it comes to noise cancelling headphones? TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2012 winner for best headphones goes to the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
. The best Bose headphones that can reduce noise across a wide range of frequencies, these headphones will not only give you that peace and calm moment when you need it, it’ll also let you enjoy music or movies in crystal clear sound. These headphones also come with a cable customized for Apple products so you can make calls or listen to your iTunes music all with ease.
5. Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook
Made of finely textured aluminum, glossy white Gorilla Glass 2 and powder-coated magnesium alloy, the Acer Aspire S7
is one beautiful looking machine. The incredibly thin and light Ultrabook™ isn’t just pretty to look at, it can handle even the highest demands by those who need to work within Windows 8. What’s truly impressive is that this Ultrabook packs a punch given its design; it’s razor-slim at 0.47″ and light as a feather at 2.86 lbs. The S7′s display opens flat and is a 10-point touchscreen so that when you’re ready to relax, you can do that in a snap.
6. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Though there’s a lot of touch-based e-book readers out there, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
consistently stands out among them. Why? First, it has a patented built-in light that evenly illuminates the screen, meaning you can read your e-book under virtually any lighting conditions. Next, Paperwhite has an astounding battery life of up to 8 weeks from a single charge. Finally, Amazon’s e-book has access to about 1.5 million books and can hold up to 1,100 titles. That means that on your next trip, when you need some downtime, you can just sit back and read your favorite book anywhere, anytime on your PaperWhite.
7. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II
The ultimate traveler speaker, the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II
, lets you play the music on your phone, laptop or tablet in a quick and easy way. Just pair the speakers with your Bluetooth device and you’ll be able to hear your favorite songs wherever you are. Weighing less than 3 lbs, the compact speaker is easy to carry around in a backpack or in the palm of your hands. Best part? Sound quality is incredible and will far exceed your expectations.
8. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad
If you must take your iPad with you wherever you go, make sure to also take its better half, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
. Not only does this device protect your iPad’s screen, it also doubles as a wireless keyboard. Designed to fit perfectly with your iPad, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover securely attaches to it by magnetic clips. Also, just like Apple’s Smart Cover, it automatically wakes ups and sleeps when you open or close the cover, which will help preserve its HP 484170-001 Battery Life