Miracle Device

Things IÂ have actually done with my phone:

  • Carried it through one of the largest street markets in the world, in my shorts pocket, without worrying about it.

  • Worked out in my room in Phaya Thai to beats playing through the speakers

  • Practiced my Thai pronunciation while waiting for a ferry, using a course of mp3s through the headphones.

  • Secretly recorded my experience at border crossings, so that if they disappear me at least there'll be some evidence.

  • Taken unobtrusive, flash-less photos to serve as memory cues for travel writing.

  • Managed my todo list from "organise a Vietnam visa"Â to "remember to buy a SIMÂ card".

  • Set a 5am "go to Heathrow now" wakeup alarm that IÂ can't ignore.

  • Navigated through Bangkok from Wat Phra Kaew to the Skytrain at National Stadium after taxis refused to take us home, using a bluetooth GPSÂ that never left my pocket.

  • Written my travel journal with a folding bluetooth keyboard, lying in a bamboo hut under a mosquito net across from the beach.

  • Found a cafe near to Serpentine Road using Google Maps, when the only obvious one was full of prams.

  • Navigated the Tube using a topographically accurate map.

  • Read, and replied to, my email from a bus in the far north of Scotland.

  • Browsed the internet in bed at home when IÂ can't be bothered reaching for the laptop.

  • Looked for geocaches at Blow-Up Bridge.

  • Read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance on the tube when it's too crowded to unfold a newspaper.

  • Made phone calls.

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