Travel Tech

Last month, my wife, stepdaughter and I went on our honeymoon. We spent it in Hawaii staying at the Disney resort, Aulani. On any trip, I’m always prepared with gadgets, cables and power adapters. This one was no different. I’ll talk about a few things I brought that made this trip more enjoyable.

Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire Stick

I recently posted my thoughts on the Amazon Fire Stick. In my review, I said that it’d be a great option for keeping up on your shows while you’re away since it’s very small and takes up little space in your bag. This turned out to be an excellent idea. Not only did they have free wifi at the resort, it was exceptionally fast and you didn’t need a log in/password, as some other hotels require. This is important if you’re using a streaming media device. It would be extremely tedious if you had to type in log in information every time you wanted to watch something.

Since we were spending our vacation in Hawaii, I wanted to get a waterproof case so I could use my iPhone to take pictures and video. The Wirecutter is the site I turn to when I’m trying to find “the best” anything. They recommended the Nuud series from Lifeproof. It’s a little pricey at $70 for a phone case (currently $60 at the time of this post), but the ability to take pictures or video in the pool or at the beach is well worth it. I was a little leery about trusting this case to protect my phone. The case exposes the front screen which seems scary at first but there is a gasket which seals the phone and keeps water out. It did a great job, I even dropped my phone in the pool and it sank to the bottom and it was fine when I retrieved it. My only gripe is that once water got on to the screen, it would be difficult to tap and swipe the screen. This is not a fault of the case itself since a smartphone touch screen senses conductive object (ie your finger) to register touches. When water is on the touchscreen, which is also conductive,  it can confuse the touch screen’s sensor with multiple screen registers. Regardless, the video and photos I was able to take were definitely worth it.

Lifeproof Nuud

Lifeproof Nuud

I was also gifted a Mpow iSnap selfie stick right before we left for our honeymoon. These gadgets are the new taking pictures with your iPad. It seems socially awkward at first, but since everyone is now doing it, you can’t make fun of anyone for using one. The one I received had a built in button for taking pictures. You simply pair your smartphone with the stick via Bluetooth and whenever you use it to take a picture, you simply press a button and it activates the shutter on the camera app. It’s a clever way of solving the problem of, "How do I take a picture with the phone so far away?" I didn't get to use this as much as I wanted as it was another "thing" I had to remember to bring whenever we went out.

Mpow iSnap Selfie Stick

Mpow iSnap Selfie Stick

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Our honeymoon was unforgettable and thanks to these gadgets, we were able to enjoy our downtime and capture moments we wouldn't have been able to before.