When preparing for a trip, you must decide what type of device is going to best suit your needs. What works for some people may not work for others. Here are common gadgets and their pros and cons for traveling.
Laptops are great for storage, power and efficiency; however, it may not always be the best choice for traveling. Some people opt to leave their laptops at home and travel with a different device. In previous years, a laptop was your only choice if you needed Internet or files, but now there are other devices that offer that, as well.
Who is suited for laptops? Business professionals who need to type frequently and have access to important files.
- Efficient typing
- Large storage space
- Large screen
- CD rom on most laptop models
- USB ports
- Not so portable compared to other devices
- Requires Internet card, direct line or WIFI for Internet access
- Requires accessories like large chargers, external mouse device and carrying bag
- Can’t really use in public
The iPad is a popular device for a few types of people, such as young adults, business professionals and teenagers. iPads can be used for business tasks, like creating documents and sending emails. Additionally, the new iPad has a camera on it, so users can take pictures and send them to others. This is a great feature for travelers who have to take pictures of job sites and send the pictures to their upper management.
Additionally, there are many great apps that make business tasks easier, such as day planners, file organizers and geo-location updates.
Even still, casual owners can bring an iPad on their trip for leisure. It works as a great ebook reader, listening device, video device and game console. The Apple store apps contain more than enough entertainment, most of it for free, too.
Who is suited for the iPad? Business professionals, trendy gadget owners, young adults
- Multi-use device
- Long battery life
- Massive internal storage
- Easy to use anywhere
- Internet with 3G or WIFI
- No keyboard unless you buy the external keyboard device from Apple
- Not convenient for massive file sharing between networks
- No USB ports for external devices, such as cameras and flashdrives
- Can easily be damaged
With smartphones, you can surf the web, talk and transfer files all from one device. However, it is not a convenient device for travelers on business. In fact, many teenagers may not find too much entertainment from smartphones.
Who is suited for smartphones? Teenagers who only need to check Facebook and Twitter or play app games.
- Very portable
- USB ports for file sharing and charging
- Instant sharing with 3G or WIFI
- Many apps to keep users entertained
- Very limited internal storage
- Battery runs dead easily with constant use
- Not good for extensive typing
- Many applications have to force close because of crashes
If you are a business professional who needs access to sophisticated office programs, you may want to opt for a laptop. However, if you are casually traveling with minor office duties, you can opt for an iPad. You can still do necessary tasks, like sending emails and editing documents, but you won’t have access to programs like Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop, Effects or Illustrator.
Smartphones may be what you need if you only need to make calls and check email. The apps on both smartphones and iPads are a great way to pass time. However, you won’t want a smartphone if you need a device that is capable of storing large files, sending large files and creating extensive documents.
Ultimately, you know your needs, and you can make an educated decision when comparing the pros and cons to each device.