I was going to post this in another thread, but it got away from his subject so heres a new thread... mods feel free to move this, if necessary
I know we all go into the backcountry to get away from it all... especially technology... I feel the same way, but in terms of UL MULTI-USE items in my pack, nothing touches what my phone can do...
I have a SPRINT HTC TOUCH PRO (sold as the fuze from verizon)
which is this sexy little number...
HOW IS THIS UL MULTI-USE?
heres some specs:
Size Dimensions 102 x 51 x 18.1 mm
Weight 165 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 65K colors
Size 480 x 640 pixels, 2.8 inches
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- TouchFLO 3D finger swipe navigation
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Touch-sensitive navigation controls
- Handwriting recognition
Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3, WAV, WMA ringtones
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 288 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD (TransFlash), buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, miniUSB
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary VGA videocall camera
Features OS Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
CPU Qualcomm MSM 7201A 528 MHz processor
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
- Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, PDF viewer)
- Voice memo
- MP3 player
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1340 mAh
Stand-by Up to 406 h
Talk time Up to 8 h
probably gibberish to you, if your not too up on your phones...
basically this is a 5.5oz computer, with gps and cellular internet
HOW I USE THIS ON THE TRAIL:
I fully charge the phone and an extra battery... this weighs 6.3 oz, this can go in the dry bag my dslr camera is in
when i get to the trail I turn off the cellular and data connections, and also turn down the screens brightness to a point that i can just see it...
WHAT AM I DOIN' WITH THIS TECHNO JUNK IN THE BEAUTY OF THE BACKCOUNTRY?
well on top of internal memory, I have a 16 gig microSD...
GPS!!! im a compass man, but I have GARMIN XT on my phone, works just like any handheld gps unit, AND UNLIKE SOME OTHER MOBILE GPS SOFTWARE,DOES NOT NEED AN INTERNET CONNECTION TO WORK!
BOOKS! I have about 150 books on my phone
MUSIC! I have a TON (about 8 gigs) of music, also audio books, comedy (old steve martin on tough uphills is nice, then again so is zepplin) also PODCASTS (practical backpacking podcasts, anyone?)
GAMES! I love passin' around the game of monopoly around the fire at night, I've got all kinds chess, sudoko, crosswords, even got a rubiks cube... LOL
VIDEO! This thing shoots great video, for stills I have a nikon d40 with a 200mm lens... 2lb beast, but this thing does have a 3.2MP camera on it
FLASHLIGHT! yupp thats right, I have a program to turn on the cameras flash LED, and dim it... on full it seems brighter than my photon
JOURNAL/NOTES! this thing has MS OFFICE... word, excel, powerpoint and onenote
AND THATS ALL WITH NO CELL CONNECTION! and thusly no internet...
with a cell connection... well I could have made this post, I can communicate with friends and family on the trail (email and IM), upload my gps logs, my videos even my pics from my d40 that im taking on the trail (2gm microSD to SD adapter)as backup and to share... I can even watch satelite TV and access my DVR, with my slingbox...
AND ON THE PRACTICAL SIDE THE SCREEN PROTECTOR BURNS LIKE A CHAMP!, I sacrificed 1 of the 3 I bought, so add FIRE STARTER to the list too :)
and im pretty sure I could take down bear with this thing, just throw on some youtube vids or some old marty stouffer, and throw at bear...
I know these are not the reasons we go into the woods, video games, internet and all, but it does have its practical applications... what do you guys think? (would)anyone else carry a smartphone on the trail?
ALSO, I have plan for solar instead of an extra battery MAYBE ;)as some of their outputs are mini usb, and some charge batteries (wish it was AAA):
wow, this was a bit more long winded than I expected LOL!
and let the flaming begin! j/k :)