Phone & Communications

SPOT 2SPOT GPS Tracker
£145 from Amazon.co.uk

The Spot Tracker is a pretty straightforward device which automatically logs your position every 10 minutes.
It’s a simple case of switching on and leaving during the course of the day, and also allows a “check-in” message to be sent at the end of each day, letting your friends and family know you’re alright.

It’s a nifty little way of keeping track of exactly where you’ve been, although not without cost.
The device itself costs around £145, and requires an additional subscription to activate the service (around £40 a year).
A cheaper way (albeit less “precise”) would be to simply use Google’s Latitude service to log a GPS position each day.
You could do this if you have an international roaming plan for a Blackberry or similar, which I ended up doing.

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bold9700Blackberry Bold 9700
£329.99 from Amazon.co.uk

Instead of buying a laptop and phone, I was hoping for one device to do everything. Having already used a Blackberry for work, I was used to the keypad and could use it quickly and easily. And with 3 replaceable batteries, the Blackberry will last about 2 weeks between charges, which is perfect for time in the field.
It also has a full QWERTY keypad (I can’t stand touchscreens), and a sturdy feel. With an Otterbox case, I’m hoping this phone will last me the rest of my life(!)
More recently, I managed to drop my phone fully into a glass of water, where it happily sat for a few seconds before I removed it. I didn’t take any chances and took my phone apart putting it into a bowl of rice for a few days, but presto – no problems.

I use the phone for emails to keep in contact with everyone back home, and the internet, Google maps and update my website remotely. T-mobile (UK) offer a international data roaming option for pay as you go users, at £15  month.
That being my only phone expense, it’s not too bad considering the amount I use it.

As well as my standard BB and T-Mobile SIM, I also have a Go-SIM account.
They’re meant to be provide cheap calls internationally, as well as making calls cheaper to receive to.

Pros:
Lightweight
Great battery life
All the necessary functionality

Cons:
Expensive
Limit to number of Apps may put some off

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