Afternoon guys and gals,
Ok, so I have one of those annoying “which bit of kit” questions (in three parts) that have been broached many times, but to which I’ve found no specific answer to my annoyingly particular demands
1). I’m setting off on a world tour in about a month’s time, and been looking for a single device to take with me to fill all my computer/communication needs. Really want to avoid taking a laptop down to weight/power reasons...
Ideally, I’d like a phone that can (as well as the usual talk/text stuff):
Connect to Wifi and 3G, and has Full Qwerty keyboard
Compose text documents which can easily be transferred to a computer via usb (i.e. in an internet café)
Charges via mini usb ideally (so I can use my wind up charger if need be)
An unlocked smartphone like the Blackberry Bold is the obvious choice (I use an older BB at work, so am familiar with it), But:
I can’t find any easy way to write a text document (i.e. a *.txt file) which I can then save to the SD card and literally copy and paste onto a desktop in an internet café.
I want to do this so I can draft emails, blogs etc on the road, and upload them easily once I’m in a city.
The only way I can see to get “notes” off is to sync with Outlook. Trawled through the apps store, but no luck so far… Anyone had any luck on these?
Otherwise, does anyone have an alternative phone suggestion for world wide use??
2) On these lines I’m also keen to share my trip with people back home – any suggestions on the best way to do this? I’m thinking both hardware wise (at the mo I’m either going to get a simple GPS locater comme ca to just log points and upload later, or the lo-tech method: sms my brother every few days to tell him where I am and he can update my website), and also software wise (Google Earth/Maps the best way forward?). Don’t really want to subscribe to expensive tracking services like those offered by SPOT.
3) Does anyone have any good experiences of global sim cards? Currently looking between Geosim, gosim and 0044.
BTW – I’m UK based.
Sorry if this has been covered before, but any suggestions on this (or otherwise) are most appreciated!!