Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gadgets during travel

Gadgets on the go

If travel travails like getting lost or losing touch have kept you from exploring the uncharted havens, take the tech route. Accessories like navigators, Schmap will not only keep you on track but also enhance your roving pleasure. While some may hit your wallet hard, they will be worth the spend.

Navigator: Map your way

If you are travelling to an unknown destination, buy a GPS device and load it with maps of the place. The standalone devices in the market are good, but you can get one from abroad and upload local maps. Or if your phone is GPS-enabled, just get the maps. If it isn't, SatGuide and MapMyIndia offer Bluetooth GPS receivers for Bluetooth-enabled phones. Price: Standalone devices: Rs 18,000 onwards Bluetooth GPS receiver: Rs 3,500 onwards.

Schmap: More than a map

Don't bother carting your Rough Guide or Lonely Planet. Get Schmap, the digital travel guide, on your mobile or laptop. It's detailed, gives you maps, is in colour, shows you important landmarks and even has widgets to show big concerts or matches in the area. Did we mention that it's free? The World Schmap with 200 guides takes 338 MB, but those for individual cities are smaller, around 7 MB. Maps are available for most cities in Europe, North America and Australasia. Go to http://www.schmap.com/ and start travelling.

Source: Outlook Money - 2009


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