Life is good when you're down on the ground and have access to all the wonderful things that keep you entertained. Life isn't exactly peachy, however, when you're stuck in coach during a 10-hour flight to Tokyo. Fortunately, portable electronics offer a way to keep you occupied without occupying too much space. Here are five portable devices to consider bringing with you on an extended plane flight.
1. MP3 Player
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The "Old Reliable" of portable devices, music players provide plenty of listening enjoyment in a tiny package. They also typically have great battery life—a must when traveling for a long time. For tips on choosing an MP3 player, check out this guide
2. Media Player
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A step up from the MP3 player, portable media players allow you to not just listen to music but also watch video. Top contenders include consumer slate tablets such as Apple's iPad or Archos 5. Many of today's cell phones also double as media players so you might have such a device already. If you do use a phone, make sure you put it on "airplane mode" or turn off your connections. Looking for a media player? Here are some pointers.
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If you're more the intellectual type, an eBook reader such as Amazon's Kindle or Sony's Reader line fits the bill nicely. The fact that you can load several books on these devices also means you don't have to agonize over which book to bring due to space limitations. Not sure which one to buy? Here's some help
4. A Game System
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For gamers, devices such as the Nintendo DS
and Sony PSP
are a must-have for traveling. With a lot more casual games available these days—especially for the DS—you don't even have to be a hard-core gamer to enjoy gaming on the go.
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Battery packs offer a great way to extend the life of power-hungry devices such as the Sony PSP or media players used for viewing video. The only caveat is that your portable device has to be chargeable via USB, which is the de facto interface these devices typically use.