So I like to write on the road, as well as have easy access to the internet and its abundant knowledge. I have a very long adventure coming up (about a year in Europe, Africa, Mid East, and Asia.. Hopefully!), so I decided to take a laptop type thing with me... but what? Well, with the new age of tablet computers coming in, I decided to check them out. I did a few months of research, and found the blackberry playbook. I got mine for $120. This thing is great. It's pretty lightweight, has all the internet capability I need, is easy to type on, and I can store thousands of books on it... That means I can take a lot of wild edible books with me, as well as literally an entire library of books (I just downloaded 150 books on buddhism
). there is even a built in GPS, which I can download maps for and use offline. There are exterior speakers, and plenty of games, as well. I love to read, but sometimes watching a movie or playing a game is a nice alternative. Blackberry has yet to add the ability to "usb host" (attach devices, card readers, etc.), so unfortunately I would still need a computer to upload camera pictures to the device... But from what I hear, it may come within the next software update.
Oh, and there are two cameras on the playbook. Really nice quality pictures, with the ability to take high quality video. And an hdmi port for use on a TV.
Additionally, i'm going to be bringing a backpacking solar panel with me, which can actually charge the tablet. I'm a fan of green technology, and having the ability to stay out in the bush but still have my electronics working is a gods-send.
It's a new age of backpacking. The bit of extra weight might not be something others want to deal with, but more than worth it for me.