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#2
Northern California
2,369 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
If you don't need a laptop, don't bring it.

What are you looking to do?

I take my laptop because I need to do my timecard. Other than that, I don't use it for anything.

If I need directions, iPhone, looking up a place to eat, iPhone. If my work didn't need my secured method to do my time sheet, I would not bring it with me if I didn't have to.

Do you have to bring yours?
#3
Inland Empire, CA
10,858 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Neither. We find the best is a tablet, in our case a 9.7" iPad.


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#4
Laredo, TX
421 Posts
Joined Jan 2014
I take a laptop to download the photos off my phone. That way I don't run out of space!
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#6
I come from a land down under
26,566 Posts
Joined Jul 2014
Really depends what you want to do.

Might also depend how long your cruise is.
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#7
4,576 Posts
Joined Dec 2014
Depends on the laptop.... I no longer bring my 18, 17, or 15 inch machines on trips.... just got a 13" ultrabook. Fits great in my underseat bag. iPad is too limiting on the sites I go browsing to.
#8
Aliso Viejo, CA
42,598 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
Smartphone. If I want to down load photos from it, I've got a small USB device that plugs in and downloads the photos.
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#10
Australia
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Joined Aug 2014
We tried travelling with a tablet but didn't like it so we bought our mini laptop. We're probably old fashioned but we still use a camera not a phone to take our photos, and we like to transfer our pictures to the computer each night. It also gets us better internet access - we think. Slow, but good.
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#11
Central Texas
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Joined Dec 2004
I use a smart phone for the [email protected] connection on the intranet - and for the time.
We bring a small laptop for email, photo storage, and for reading with a Kindle app.
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#12
3,561 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
My husband brings his laptop, but only because he loves using photoshop for editing his photos. I take my iPad for using onboard, and we both have iPhones for using ashore.
#13
6,101 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
On board, we use nothing.
We take a phone off the ship in case of emergencies, but we keep it turned off.
We also still use a camera-camera for photographs; I'm a photography teacher, and phones just don't take the same quality pictures.
As for downloading pix, buy a larger memory card -- really, you can get a 64G sd card for $20, and it'll hold thousands of pictures; unless you're taking duplicates and triplicates of everything, it's plenty. You can get up to 200G on a card, but those go for over $100. Again, I'm a photography teacher, and if you're taking thousands of pictures, here's the advice I'd give: Quit pushing the button so often -- instead, slow down. focus on what images you really want to convey, and take deliberate, planned photographs. 20 excellent photographs are better than 300 pushes of the button.
#14
Chicago
642 Posts
Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by MrsPete
On board, we use nothing.
We take a phone off the ship in case of emergencies, but we keep it turned off.
We also still use a camera-camera for photographs; I'm a photography teacher, and phones just don't take the same quality pictures.
As for downloading pix, buy a larger memory card -- really, you can get a 64G sd card for $20, and it'll hold thousands of pictures; unless you're taking duplicates and triplicates of everything, it's plenty. You can get up to 200G on a card, but those go for over $100. Again, I'm a photography teacher, and if you're taking thousands of pictures, here's the advice I'd give: Quit pushing the button so often -- instead, slow down. focus on what images you really want to convey, and take deliberate, planned photographs. 20 excellent photographs are better than 300 pushes of the button.
What is your opinion on GroPro? We are far from expert photographers, wanted something durable, waterproof for ocean and pool etc and not bulky. ..thoughts? Ordered the gopro silver 4

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#15
6,101 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Originally posted by Pier290
What is your opinion on GroPro? We are far from expert photographers, wanted something durable, waterproof for ocean and pool etc and not bulky. ..thoughts? Ordered the gopro silver 4

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Sorry, I don't have an opinion on that. I don't do rough-and-tumble or in-the-water photography. I'd suggest you read reviews online. Wish I had more.
#16
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Joined May 2012
You who do not backup really have faith in the absolute, infallible and total reliability of flash memory.
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#17
USA
4,883 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
If I am going to be gone for a week or more my laptop goes with me. My phone always goes with me.
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#18
Fredericksburg, va. USA
88,833 Posts
Joined May 2001
I find that if I spend too much time taking photos, I miss "being in the moment"! We take a few shots, and then just enjoy our vacation. If it's a good vacation, I don't need pictures to remember it!!
#19
Saskatoon, Canada
7,523 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
I bring a 13" netbook to download photos from my camera and iPhone. I also bring an iPad mini for my e-reader, music, and for occasional photos. Many say to put my music on my iPhone but I prefer to keep the space available for photos.

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#20
SF Bay Area
1,650 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Originally posted by kruisey
It is a 32 day cruise and I usually take many pictures,

What do you take your "many pictures" with?

32-day cruise, take the laptop if its 15" or less. Your eyes and fingers will thank you for it.