The iPod Touch is sold primarily as a music player and game device. I don’t do much gaming, but I do love being able to carry my entire music collection wherever I go. It also functions as an eBook reader, and contains several books, so I always have something to read; or listen to Audio Books. As a personal planner it includes Contacts, Calendar, Clock with alarm, Notes, Calculator, digital Recorder, and eMail. Beyond those amazing features, it functions as the computer in my pocket.
When they say “there’s an app for that” it’s pretty much true. I’ve loaded the touch with apps pertaining to travel and camping. It comes standard with Maps, and I’ve added Google Earth which makes searching for routes and places a snap. Apps like Camp & RV, Woodalls Rvers, National Parks, Passport America, SKP Parks, AAA Triptik help to find camps and parks nearby; and RV Companion lets me build my own personal list of camps. GasBuddy helps to find the best fuel prices and GasCubby lets me keep track of purchases, mileage and maintenance for the rig. Wikihood and Yelp finds nearby businesses, eateries and entertainment venues. Weather allows me to keep track of conditions that might require a move.
My Touch also holds lots of reference material. There’s a dictionary and thesaurus, a language tutor and translator, nutrition and food guide with recipes, measurement conversions, first aid guide and my medical history, sunrise and sunset finder, nuts and bolts, measurements and level. Not to mention all the things available using the internet with the Safari browser.
The Photo feature allows me to carry a portfolio of my paintings. So, if I’m out and about and someone asks to see some of my work, it’s right there in my pocket. Or to get more info, go online with the browser to visit my website. I can also update my blog remotely.
My iPod Touch has essentially everything an iPhone has except a camera and phone. But wait, I can still make phone calls using Skype or Google Voice so long as I get a WiFi connection.
Traveling and living full-time in an RV requires downsizing and minimizing the stuff you take along. With the iPod Touch I nolonger need all those books, CDs, DVDs, photo albums, maps and atlases, stereo, calendar, alarm clock, calculator, etc. etc. Having the computer in my pocket truly is amazing!
Camp: Home in the sticks-n-bricks
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