Staying Connected When You Travel

Being connected to the “out side world” no matter where in the world that I happen to be traveling to is something that is important to me. Sure there are those moments and days where I don’t want to be connected at all and just want my mind to rest however for the majority of the time I like being connected. I like being able to talk to family back home, know whats going on in the world and of course being a travel blogger I like to stay connected to plan my next trips and interact with other traveling friends to meet up with along the way.

Meeting up with my friend Tawny of Captain and Clark in Portland.

At the moment when I travel I carry with me my laptop, iphone and sometimes ipad to help me stay connected. One problem with my iphone however is that it is locked and I am stuck in a 3 year contract with a Canadian cell phone provider. Because of this I can’t use SIMs from other countries when I traveling, leaving my connectivity to depend on fleeting wifi connections.

On my last trip to Australia, I had a friend “unlock” my old iphone but the thing was too damn slow to be any good. Frustrating.

For my current trip however things are a little different. This time I am traveling with a new little friend, testing him out for the month of November, he came to me in a pretty white box, he is the Samsung Galaxy SIII. When I first learned that I along with the other members of Navigate Media Group would be trying out these new beauties, I’ll say I was a bit skeptic. Give up my beloved iPhone? I wasn’t sure if I could do it or not.

And then I’m carrying around the phone and someone says to me “Do you like that over an iPhone? You are carrying one of the best phones in the world right there you know?” At that moment I felt a little proud to be an Android user. I’ll admit I’m still fumbling around with it a bit, my little hands keep hitting the back button at the bottom at the wrong time and I haven’t gotten quite the handle on the camera yet but its happening.

Did you know when taking a self portrait you can say to the phone “shoot” or “capture” and it will take the picture for you with out you having to fumble for the button? Cool!

I have yet to decide if this is the phone I’ll be sticking with come the end of November but I’m excited to be testing something new and the fact that this bad boy is unlocked and has me connected here 24/7 in Costa Rica is a bonus too. A phone that I can use with any SIM card around the world is pretty nice. (Yes, I know you can do this with iPhones too, but see above and how I currently can’t do it with the one I own.)

Photo by Samsung

One thing I know I’ll like about this phone already is the Pop-up Play feature. I can text and/or share travel videos while I watch them. I always hated when trying to watch a video on my iphone and I got a text, not wanting to stop the video to see it but wondering if it was something important. Now I can multitask and do both at the same time with the Galaxy SIII. Also it will be neat to try to film with this phone/camera and try out the “stills from a video” feature where you can take pictures while at the same time you are filming a video.

Lets by the end of November just how connected the Samsung keeps me. To follow along with my experience with the Galaxy Siii and the rest of the group follow the hashtag #galaxytraveler on twitter.

Thanks to Samsung for sponsoring my trip to Arenas Del Mar in Costa Rica and gifting me a Samsung Galaxy SIII.  All views expressed here are my own honest opinions and do not reflect the views of Samsung.

11 Comments

  • Reply
    Will
    November 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    That’s pretty cool of Samsung! However, I have one gripe with Samsung and it lies in their build quality. It just doesn’t have that svelte feel of a premium product like an iPhone 5 or heck, the HTC One X.

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      Cailin
      January 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      It does feel really light and almost fragile, but I like it!

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    Sherry Ott
    November 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Cailin – have you played with taking a picture during video? I love it because it’s seamless…and I can share a pic right away as it takes me a while to edit video and get it up.
    It will be interesting to see if you will make the change after November! Keep us posted!

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      Cailin
      November 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

      I haven’t done that yet, I keep forgetting to do it! haha I will try it tomorrow :)

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    Anita Mac
    November 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I battled the same issues as I walked the Camino de Santiago this year. Carried around my iPad and MacBook Air. In the end, I ended up buying a tourist phone in Spain for less than 30 Euro. It was just a phone though – I did miss the smart phone from home, but it was also a Canadian phone and didn’t work! I have just picked up a new HTC – tough choice between that and the Samsung Galaxy! Time will tell! looking forward to the next adventure to really test out the phone.

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      Cailin
      November 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

      I’m starting to think more and more that the iphone will be my home phone (because of the contract I’m in) and the Samsung will be my traveling phone :)

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      Ayngelina
      December 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Ooh I hadn’t even thought of it for something like the Camino. You can take photos, use the phone AND blog with it.

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    Pete
    November 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    There are so many cool features in the SIII’s. The Pop-Up play is cool, and I really like the best shot feature as you picture above. Now I just need to find a camera extender that is compatible with this phone. Know of any?

    • Reply
      Cailin
      November 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

      I think what you need to figure out Pete is a case for the phone that has a tripod mount on it, that will solve your problems :)

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    Michael Hodson
    November 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I gotta sort out some video on this thing at some point. And more photo editing tools. And… and… lol.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      November 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

      It really is endless what this thing can do isn’t, some what mind boggling :)

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