One of the best parts of renting your technology is the freedom you have to switch it to suit the occasion, or the environment you need it for. Maybe your adventures entail extreme sporting events where you have to bring a GoPro, or you plan on sitting on the beach reading a lot of books; free up some space in your carry on bag by taking an e-reader instead of a stack of paperbacks!
Or maybe you’re a digital nomad and need to take your work with you all the time? Smartphones, tablets, and notebooks all have different strengths and weaknesses for logging in on the go:
Smartphones: Your office in your pocket
A 2015 article from WIRED predicted that in two years a smartphone could be your only computer. Two years later, the possibility is becoming a reality. Over 2/3 of the global population have smart phones, and for many people in developing countries, smartphones provide their only access to the internet. With ubiquitous mobile internet, increased processing power, longer battery life, and larger screen sizes with better resolutions, today’s smartphones can do everything a laptop can. If your workflow doesn’t require a large amount of typing (the one drawback of working from a smartphone being the small keyboard size), then a smartphone may do all you need. With certain apps you can even scan documents and do other things your laptop can’t! Not sure exactly which model could be right for you? Check out this list of best smartphones for every use case.
Tablets that get the job done
So you need more screen real estate than a smartphone, but don’t want to lug around your laptop? Enter the tablet: the middle of the road option that has the best of both the smartphone and notebook worlds.
A lot of tablets, like the Microsoft Surface or the iPad, are compatible with cases that have keyboards. Check out this how-to guide from Popular Mechanics about how to use a tablet as your main computer and explore using a tablet as your main web browser, word processor, and cloud storage device.
Rain drop, drop top, laptops
Laptops these days just keep getting smaller and lighter, so having one in your bag or backpack when you travel is a breeze! Nomadic Matt reviews all the pros and cons of traveling with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and Lifewire has tips on keeping a laptop safe and secure during air travel.