Prickly Bay, Grenada
Nothing makes me happier than the thought of sharing my experiences abroad, but the choice to cut almost all technology out of my backpack is hurting my ability to write for the site effectively.
The only real electronics that I've got in my backpack right now are my digital camera, a CD player (bulky traditional type that also plays MP3's on CD), and a nice external speaker unit to plug it into (or other peoples iPOD's). That's it—no laptop or fancy gadgets. For me, deliberately removing a lot of these elements from my pack was a way of separating my old life and my new one (abroad), as well as keeping the weight down from my already 40 pound backpack.
Currently, I'm writing many of my entries on Travelvice out longhand on paper, and then retyping them when I get to an Internet cafe—a laborious process, since I tend to write paragraphs that need to be revised several times. Coupled with that, trips to the cafe involve the uploading and captioning of photos, replying to e-mails and comments, and other typical Internet stuff. At over $1 USD for every 10 minutes at the computer here in Grenada, the cost of all this really adds up fast.
So I've decided that instead of writing less to the site, or something crazy like that, I'd bring a little bit more technology into my lifestyle (and hopefully with it, a better way to better utilize my time spent communicating with readers). But I could use some help…
Right now, I'm thinking of a cheap PDA and keyboard combination that will let me type up entries and put them on an external memory card (that I can use with a card reader). SD memory would be preferred, as that's what my camera takes.
Other important factors:
- Battery life/charging method
- Size (including adapters I might have to carry)
- Screen clarity/backlight
- Flexibility to install useful applications (suggestions?)
My dad has been kind enough to research, and recommends the Palm Tungsten E2 with a Universal Wireless Keyboard, but I'd love to hear any suggestions you might have! I'm hoping to get this in hand within a few weeks.