If you love gadgets, love to travel and feel the incessant need to chronicle every second, look no further. These fifteen tech-savvy products are next-level and give you the best bang for your buck.
Canon 320 HS
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS is a top-shelf point-and-shoot camera that comes standard with Wi-Fi at a reasonably low price-point. Enjoy the sophistication of a powerful camera with the convenience of a smartphone camera.
Photo Cube Smartphone Printer
Print decent quality photos directly from your iPad, iPhone or Android device. The sleek Photo Cube is easy on the eyes and doubles as a charger too.
A hit at Macworld | iWorld 2012, the iFlash is the “world’s only flash drive for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch”. Ostensibly like other thumb drives at first glance, the iFlash Drive is also a dock that plugs directly to your iPhone or iPad. As such, you can see your image, music and video files and interact with them directly off the drive itself. Nifty.
A Kickstarter project, the Jorno is a brilliant pocketable, folding, bluetooth keyboard that mercifully works with both iPhone/iPad and Android devices. Super durable with Bluetooth connectivity and detachable cradle.
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
If you crave a more traditional keyboard that serves as a capable iPad cover, the Logitech Ultrathin is the way to go. Keyboard cases can be a dodgy bunch – Logitech’s is head and shoulders above the competition.
Charge your gadget while you relax on the beach or from the comfort of your al fresco trattoria table. The Joos Orange is a genius device that makes solar power cool (and reliable) again. The portable yet sturdy gadget promises 6 to 20 times more sun-to-power conversion than similar chargers on the market.
Apple AirPort Express
In typical Apple style, the next-gen Apple AirPort Express Base Station is a compact and handsome wireless router with solid dual-band performance and, for the first time, a convenient Ethernet port. For a rapid, on-the-go mobile hotspot in hotel rooms and the like, the AirPort Express is a triumph.
A LifeProof water/snow/dirtproof case is just the item for serious, hardcore adventurers with iPad and iPhone attachment disorders. The company tests every case with military-like rigour.
Transform your iPhone and take gorgeous pro-quality photos with the portable Owle Bubo. The clip-on gadget comes with a lens, external microphone, four tripod mounts and integrated cold shoe.
Still in the iPhone add-on world, the Kogeto Dot turns your Apple device into a quasi-version of the Google Street View cam and enables 360-degree panoramic video capture. Tiny and stylish too.
A GPS unit to geotag photos and videos seems extravagant and over the top until you procure one and use it. Then you suddenly wonder what you ever did without it. The Sony GPS-CS3KA is the best of the bunch, looks fantastic, is inexpensive and made for shutterbugs who love to travel and document every moment.
Apps can only do so much to improve the functionality of your iPhone camera. The SLR Mount is a superb product that turns your phone into a DSLR in a snap. A case-adapter combo enables Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lens compatibility.
It looks suspiciously Apple-like but the Kodak PlayFull is the best budget portable waterproof video camera on the market.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
On the other hand, the Panasonic Lumix TS4 is a formidable waterproof digital camera with 4.6x optical zoom. Tough as nails and nice to look at.
Audio Technica ATH-ANC9s
So they may not help you document your travels per se but noise-cancelling headphones can provide precious peace and quiet when you need to concentrate. The best of the lot, bar none, is Audio Technica’s ATH-ANC9s.