Thanks to technology, there are all new kinds of travel gadgets you can use to make your life easier on your next vacation. But this article isn’t yet another regurgitation of the same old “get a cheap tablet” advice. We all know those:
- A cheap tablet that uses wifi only.
- A portable DVD player for backseat video viewing.
- Better yet, a small laptop for DVD viewing; it can double as your travel laptop at the hotel.
Those are all great gadgets, and I highly recommend them. But there are are a few gadgets that you may not have considered. At the very least, they’ll make life easier, and maybe even save you some money.
Adults are pretty easy to entertain when we fly. We can read, watch TV or movies on our iPad, or play Words With Friends with our cousin in Spokane. Most adults have it pretty easy because we’re mature, we’re patient, and we don’t rely on others to entertain us for hours.
Flying with kids is a whole different ballgame.
Flying with kids is a whole different sport.
If you thought car travel was bad, taking kids on a plane trip can be much, much worse. That’s because the people in the car next to you don’t give you dirty looks or think you’re the Worst Humans On Earth because your child gets a little grumpy two hours into a five hour flight.
So how can you keep your kids entertained while they’re on the flight?
After last month’s news about how closing dormant apps don’t help your mobile phone battery life, that got me to thinking about how to actually extend a phone’s battery, especially during a long day out.
Now that we live in Orlando, my family and I often spend a good 8 – 10 hours wandering around one of the theme parks, and my mobile phone battery is usually nearly dead by the end of the day. Of course, it doesn’t help that I play Ingress (an augmented reality geolocation game played on your phone), but there are some things I do to try to extend my battery life throughout the day.
1. Reboot your phone
Do this the night before, while it’s plugged in. This way, you’ve closed any memory and processing leaks that might use extra power. Don’t forget to keep your apps updated, because new versions are sometimes less of a power drain than their older predecessors.
As someone who often travels for work, or is at least away from the office for an entire day, having a fully charged iPhone is important. Unfortunately, I don’t always manage my phone use properly, and am usually near the end of the battery life before I get back home.
I read a recent article on ABC News about preserving battery life, and was surprised to learn that closing multitasking apps may actually use more battery than letting them run.
Apple says that leaving apps running doesn’t actually consume any more battery, because “Apps that are in a suspended state aren’t actively in use, open, or taking up system resources.” In other words, closing apps doesn’t help battery life.
But, Dave Burke, a vice president of engineering at Android, says that closing them may actually use more battery power. According to ABC and Burke, “closing all those apps actually activates them momentarily and may consume more battery than leaving them open in the background.”