I enjoy my gadgets. I enjoy them a lot. I take them everywhere I go. I’m not obsessed with them, but I find that they help me pass the time when I’m by myself or during quite periods when my crew is still sleeping.
Everyone in my family has an “electronics bag” that they carry their stuff in when we travel. During our summer vacation this year I got tickled watching everyone pack their gadget bags. I had everyone lay their stuff out on our coffee table and I snapped a quick photo. The image is below. As you can see it’s quite a bit of stuff.
I change up my travel gear all the time. I have both a work laptop and a tablet PC. I used to travel with both machines, but it became cumbersome, especially with all the security at airports. So now I only take one machine depending on what I’m doing, i.e. when I travel for work I take my work machine and when I travel for fun I take my tablet PC.
My other options when I travel include:
- Kindle DX (eReader)
- BlackBerry Playbook
- HP TouchPad
- Samsung Tab 7 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0
- Cameras – from my trusty Canon 30D to multiple point and shoots
- Verizon MiFi
- Earbuds (2 sets)
- 5-in-1 multi card reader
- And of course my Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. This really doesn’t count as it goes with me in my pocket, not my travel bag.
I’ve been trying to pare it down a bit as my bag is getting heavy. I’m considering going in two completely different directions.
Option 2: Get a new Windows 8 hybrid tablet like the Samsung ATIV Smart PC to replace my work machine and take the place of my aging Lenovo t201x tablet PC. With this scenario I’d continue to carry my Samsung Tab 7.0 Plus.
Option 2 is much cheaper, but Option 1 has a pretty solid coolness factor associated with it. I’ll mull this over for a while, at least until the new Windows 8 machines appear on the scene.