Power Travel

The Camera, Cell Phone/GPS, & Watch

Mar 1, 2006
Outside Magazine
Nikon Coolpix P1, Motorola i605, & BMW Mp3 Watch

Nikon Coolpix P1, Motorola i605, & BMW Mp3 Watch

Photo Finisher // Nikon Coolpix P1
Leave your tangle of digital tethers at home. The P1 wirelessly transmits pictures from camera to computer, letting travelers manage vast numbers of photos as they click and go. The technology also creates a revolutionary party trick: You can start a slide show on your laptop, and the P1 will update it with new pictures as you take them. But the P1 isn't just about instant gratification. At eight megapixels, it offers the highest resolution you'll find in today's pocket cameras, and it benefits from Nikon's proven metering-and-exposure system, plus a quiver of digital filters and custom controls. Go ahead and enlarge that lion photo you scored on safari; you'll see no loss of color or detail. Reality Check The large 2.5-inch display screen leaves no space for an optical viewfinder. But It If You like to tinker with sexy technology and often travel with a laptop. $549; www.nikonusa.com

The Navigator // Motorola i605
It's a bit spooky—in a Big Brother way—when you activate the i605 and see an aerial photo of the house you're sitting in. But the satellite images—together with street and topo maps, all clearly visible on the 2.2-inch color screen—make for one of the only full-service GPS units to double as a phone. The Trimble Outdoors GPS software allows you to create and track routes, and even wirelessly download maps. Plus the GPS function works in or out of cell-phone range. The rubber-protected unit—which meets military standards for resistance to dust, shock, and extreme temperatures—won't win any sexy-phone awards, but it's made for banging around the world, not boardrooms. Reality Check The tiny keys make typing slow. But It If You like to stray far from the beaten path and want a phone that can lead the way home. $299; www.motorola.com

The Timely Singer // BMW Mp3 Watch
Tucked into this watch's brushed-aluminum casing is a smartly engineered MP3 player with voice recorder. The 512MB flash drive holds 60 songs, and when I first tuned in at a restaurant the music quality made it easy to ignore gawkers wondering why I had headphones plugged into my wrist (bummer: no wireless capability). The USB cable is subtly concealed, and the classic face belies the geek-worthy innards. A five-button control makes it easy to pause, skip a song, or pump the volume without even a glance at your wrist. Reality Check With most MP3 players holding songs in the thousands, can you bear choosing fewer than 100? But It If You wear a watch, not a gadget, and want music, too. $350; www.bmw-online.com

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