Technology is truly changing our lives. In ancient times, travelers had to navigate the starry sky. Then came the compass and the astrolabe, and modern travelers prefer to make discoveries, learn about global culture and enjoy wildlife using smartphones or browsers. It remains only to decide which of these mobile gadgets is worth taking on a hike or sightseeing trip.
Advantages and disadvantages of browsers
Experienced travelers consider the main advantages of these devices to be:
- compact dimensions;
- relatively low cost;
- water resistance and a high degree of protection against mechanical damage;
- map accuracy;
- powered by AA batteries (you can take multiple sets with you).
However, browsers also have significant disadvantages in the form of a small screen, complex controls, a small set of options and their own software, which can only be modified if you have hacking skills.
Advantages and disadvantages of smartphones
Today, there are very few people left in the world who do not use cell phones. After all, a modern smartphone is not only a means of communication, but also a game console, as well as a laptop, which with special applications can be turned into anything, including a browser .
The advantages of this choice are to be considered:
- big screen;
- practical management;
- large selection of software.
There were a few shortcomings here too. Firstly, most smartphones have a rather flimsy shell, which does not protect the electronic filling well from water. Secondly, the autonomy of mobile gadgets does not stand up to criticism (from 2 to 3 hours when viewing the area). Third, experts are not always satisfied with the accuracy and updating of downloadable map sets on the phone.
What is better
Let’s start with the fact that life without a smartphone in modern society is already considered an anachronism, and most people do not part with cell phones day and night. Therefore, it is quite logical to download and install a special application on this gadget so as not to get lost in an unfamiliar city or get lost on nature hikes, if they are designed for a couple of days per favorable sunny weather.
However, it is still better to take tourist navigators with you on long hikes in “deaf” places and fishing, since these devices have a long battery life, are compact in size, well protected from shocks accidental and will not fail even in rainy weather. .
Of course, there is a “but”. Already now in the domestic market, if desired, you can find inexpensive smartphones with a shockproof case and a decent level of protection against water ingress. In addition, the functionality (communication, photography, Internet browsing, entertainment, and much more) of these devices surpasses in all respects the most “advanced” models of their competitors.
However, in terms of battery life, mobile gadgets cannot yet bypass browsers. Therefore, to charge the smartphone, you will have to buy and take an external battery (power bank) with you on the hike, which can be inconvenient to use in the field. In addition, with gloves on your hands and in bad weather, it is much more convenient to use a navigator with control buttons than smartphones with a touch screen.
All these thoughts lead to the following conclusion – smartphones are gradually replacing tourist navigators, which seem to end up only with long hikes of increased complexity and fishing, where the phone can be damaged.