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Jul 25, 2012

Best Gadgets for Watching Movies While Traveling

Favorite gadgets for kicking back while en-route:

Convenient small and most have a great display. These are also the gadgets that are usually already accompanying you on the trip. You are able to download movies and shows directly or on some devices use external storage such as SD card to store the data. And if you are on a flight or location that also offers wi-fi connectivity, you can stream them or load them on the spot.

Tablet/iPad -
The screen size, resolution and crisp clarity makes watching movies on tablets a great experience. While phones are nice, the screen is way too small to enjoy the entertainment for an extended time or as full-featured.
As most of these cool devices come with large storage, loading up several movies at once prevents fumbling around for discs and save space in a bag.
If you did not get a chance to download some entertainment for the road, there are also kiosks at airports where you can rent or buy movies on a computer flash drive. No need for a TV signal, a disk, or a movie-streaming Internet connection.

Cinema Seat for iPad is a great gadget for just this purpose, watching movies while riding in the car. It goes on the back of the seat and becomes an entertainment unit for the passengers.

iPod touch -
Do not discount these music gadgets. iPod can also play movies or shows loaded up on its hard drive. The new generations have great displays and they are significantly cheaper than smartphones. They are even better for travel, especially with kids. There are no cellular charges to worry about or that it might get damaged and lose a lot of the data usually stored on a phone.

Kindle Fire -
A smaller version of most tablets, Fire by Amazon, is great for reading books as well as watching movies. Unlike its brethren, previous versions, that have e-ink, these e-readers come with color display that is ready for website and movie viewing. Once the movies are downloaded and installed you don't need to be connected to enjoy.

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You can watch movies here too, though unless you already have to bring one with you these could be quite cumbersome and take up too much space while traveling. There are, however, some light versions available and they have a nice large hard drive where you can store your multimedia files. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is only 3 pounds and can be converted and used as a tablet also.

Portable DVD player
Much easier to travel with than a notebook. They are also much smaller in size. That is one of the reasons that it would be rare that you would be asked to remove a portable gadget during airport screenings.
The immersion that DVD player provides will also help in drowning out the five screaming babies sitting in the rows in front and back of you. See noise-canceling headphones below :)

Portable Video Players -
Similar to DVD player portable video/audio technologies, with devices expected to be available in the second half of this year. In essence, a portable video/audio player allows you to record video from a variety of sources, including VCRs and cable TV, then view the programs either on the device's small color display or on a large screen when the device is connected to a TV. These devices also let you play audio files, including MP3s.

Apps for movie streaming:
Amazon instant video

You would also want to have a long with movie watching gadget a good pair of noise-isolating headphones. Some airlines offer earphones, though you would need to pay for them. It is not expensive, but considering how uncomfortable they are and how bad the sound is, wouldn't you want your own pair that lets you tune in and tune out. (See Travel-friendly music gadgets) Use them with your CD, DVD, MP3 players and personal or laptop computers, netbooks, home stereos and of course airline in-flight entertainment systems. A great pair of headphones provide full immersion as well keeps the noise out to help you enjoy your onboard entertainment.

Top 5 Movies to Watch While Traveling:
1. The Incredibles
2. The Bourne Ultimatum
3. Rush Hour
4. Ocean's Eleven
5. The Game

Did You Know?:
Noise-canceling headphones - Wikipedia

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Jun 6, 2012

Travel-friendly Music Gadgets

Ahh the sound of silence! These days it is quite hard to find. With things making noise on the road, in the air, and on the water, time to yourself with a great beat is a tremendous luxury.
Active noise cancellation technology, as the name suggests, is a technology specially developed to eliminate surrounding noise. This includes things like the traffic, the construction, loud air conditioning and pipes, and if you are on a plane or other confined space, babies.
Noise-cancelling headphones utilize this technology with built-in tiny microphones to hit the incoming sound with another sound. The two sound waves cancel each other out, therefore creating silence. What this means is that where you previously had to turn up the volume on your music player to drown out the noise, which is bad for your ears, now the headset will tune down the outside noise so you hear more of the beats you want.
A great pair of noise-cancelling headphones is even more important these days as more and more people are using their smartphones as music players with some boasting to have 2k to 5k songs downloaded. Of course, the fact that these phones now have a much greater storage capacity also helps.

Some great choices:

Wireless/Bluetooth Portable Speakers
 While sometimes on a trip you would like to immerse in your music and your thinking, there times when you also might want to share the great media that is music. In these cases portable speakers come in very handy. Since you are on the road, a boombox would not be readily available. Instead, travel-friendly speakers, such as Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, are able to make the sound escape your small media gadget to be enjoyed by you and others around. These light and convenient speakers play clear loud music with no wires necessary. They connect to your device via Bluetooth technology and/or wi-fi (Sony Portable Wi-Fi Speaker with AirPlay).

 Why good to have on a trip:
- makes trips more fun
- portable, easy to pack and take along
- tune in and tune out
- music makes a lot of things better

Waterproof Gadgets for Playing Music by Fodors

"Go travel. Take a travel-friendly music gadget."

 Did You Know?:
Self-aware headphones switch channels depending on which ear they're in

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