Top Must-have Travel Gadgets 2012

For Casual Travelers

For Casual Travelers

The Casual Traveler These are your simple tourists who just want to get out of the country to relax, see, and experience new things, and absorb foreign culture. They just want a fuss-free holiday, and therefore, love tour packages because everything is arranged and catered for. The more discerning amongst them, however, might opt for free and easy packages. They love gadgets that can help them preserve memories of the trip, but nothing too fancy or complicated.



Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

Run out of battery juice on your phone? No worries. Just take out the SIM card and place it into the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), where you can message and make calls on the 7-inch tablet like a normal phone. The Android 4.0-running Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is also well suited to provide entertainment on the go during those long inter-country train rides with its portable form factor.

Price: S$598

More Info: HWZ Review



Nikon Coolpix S800C

Welcome to the new age of digital imaging! Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the sassy Nikon Coolpix S800C is a 16-megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom lens, and a 3.5-inch, 819K-dot capacitive OLED touchscreen. It also has Wi-Fi and a built-in GPS receiver. Of course, running on Android means that you can download and run apps on it, while its wireless connectivity allows you to easily share photos to your social media channels. In a way, it's like an Android phone that takes way better pictures, but it can't make calls.

Price: US$349.95

More Info: HWZ Article



Tiltpod Pocket Tripod

The super-small tiltpod is perfect for those who feel it's a hassle to bring a tripod for their compact cameras; you can even attach it to the camera's wrist strap. A rounded head screws into the camera's tripod socket and connects to the base's magnetic ball pivot. As a result, you can still tilt the camera to the desired angle before shooting.

Price: US$14.95

More Info: Website



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

As a casual traveler, we’re sure you would like to have a camera that will suit most, if not all of the situations you find yourself in. The flexible HX10V boasts of a more than sufficient 18.2-megapixel sensor for detail in all your shots, a far-reaching 16x optical zoom lens, and a built-in GPS unit so that you will never forget where those pictures are taken.

Price: S$549

More Info: Website



Apple MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is the benchmark for all notebooks which claim they are ultra-portable are judged upon. The MacBook Air of 2012 uses the new Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, uses all-flash storage, and comes in 11 and 13-inch flavors. If you need a notebook for a quick check of the office mail, or just want to browse the web to find out more about the area your hotel is in, this is still the ideal choice.

Price: From S$1,388

More Info: Website



Soundmatters FoxL v2 Bluetooth Speaker

Simple Bluetooth connectivity makes the FoxL v2 speaker ideal for the causal traveler, as you no longer have to worry about connecting wires. Armed with 25mm drivers, it's no slouch in the sound quality department. In addition, a passive radiator ensures that despite its small stature, the speakers will still do justice to any party anthem you choose to blast on your vacation. Simply put, the FoxL v2 provides high quality, hassle-free audio in a neat package.

Price: S$338

More Info: HWZ Review



TP-Link TL-WR700N Wireless-N Mini Pocket Router

With most Ultrabooks and tablets missing an RJ-45 Ethernet port, you often have to rely on a wireless connection when traveling abroad. But what do you do when your hotel only offers a wired connection, or their Wi-Fi refuses to go above one bar of reception? Plug TP-Link’s TL-WR700N wireless mini pocket router into a wall socket and connect it to your hotel’s Ethernet port for up to 150Mbps of wireless connectivity.

Price: S$40

More Info: Website



Motorola Razr Maxx

This Android smartphone has everything that you need for your trip. You can chuck video and music files for all your entertainment needs onto the 16GB internal storage capacity, which is supplemented by a microSD card slot for cards up to 32GB in capacity. Top it off with a whopping 3,300mAh battery and you are good to go on your trip without any worries of finding a power point midway.

Price: S$749

More Info: HWZ Review



iBottleOpener 4/4S

Want to party wherever and whenever you desire? Simply convert your iPhone gadget into a nifty bottle opener with the iBottleOpener phone case. The case also protects your phone from external elements such as moisture due to its completely sealed hard-shell plastic body. So why wait? Order one via the web-link and get the fun started with your six-pack of beer from the nearest supermarket – wherever you are. Comes in two shades: black and pink.

Price: US$19.95

More Info: Website



Burpple App for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

Finding good food in a foreign country can be a difficult task for many. With Burpple, you can easily explore what’s good in a country based on recommendations of other users. Browse from people and boxes you follow right from the comfort of your iOS device. You can also share and remember good food moments with friends through Burpple. Burpple helps you add and curate your food photos into a beautiful collection of boxes, making it easier for you to remember these special food moments.

Price: Free

More Info: App Store

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