Nothing makes your trip more gratifying than good planning and great photographs. Here are a few gadgets that ensure both. By Vaibhav Sharma
The latest crop of smartphones might have an amped-up camera game, but here’s a quick way to get even better results—the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone stabiliser. It’s compact, foldable, and comes with a three-axis gimbal that can help even the neophyte churn out pro-grade videos. DJI’s video-editing app also offers templates, effects, and music to turn your vacation videos into masterpieces. Just don’t spam the family WhatsApp group! INR 8,442/$119.
The Moto One Action has an AI-powered triple-camera system at the back, including an action camera with a 117˚ fi eld of view. Expect better stabilised video while shooting fast-moving objects, and a whopping 128GB storage that can accommodate a vacation’s worth of photos and videos. There’s also the IPX2 water resistance, and a 3500mAh battery. INR 13,999/US$199.
Easily the best smartwatch around, the Apple Watch Series 5 is good enough to force a switch to an iPhone. With class leading features like a noise meter, ECG, advanced health tracking, GPS, water resistance, and LTE connectivity, this smartwatch is everything you’d need in a wearable. Starts from INR 40,900/US$577.
Replace your headphones with Bose’s Frames Alto. These ‘smart sunglasses’ sport retro-inspired angular frames with speakers enhanced by patented acoustic chambers, eliminating the need for earbuds. Up to 3.5 hours of playback time, integrated mic, and voice assistance make them extremely futuristic. As sunglasses, they are scratch resistant and block up to 99 per cent of UVA and UVB rays. INR 21,900/US$309.
Weighing just 21g, Sony’s WI-XB400 in-ear neckband-style headset is perfect for anyone who believes in travelling light. Surprisingly punchy despite the compact dimensions, this Extra Bass headset features Bluetooth 5 connectivity, a tangle-resistant neckband, and buds that snap together magnetically for easy storage. We also love the USB-C quick charging (three hours until full charge). But the icing on the cake has to be the 15-hour battery life. INR 4,999/US$70.
A Avid hikers could cut down on a lot of planning with this app. From 75,000 hiking and mountain biking trails, progress recording, offline and printable custom maps, to alerts that warn you if you stray off your route, environmental information overlays, and options to share your hike with chosen contacts, it’s got all the essential features. Serious hikers can subscribe to the premium plan, and there’s also a website for anyone who prefers the comfort of a laptop to plan their hike. Available on Google Play and Apple Store.