Travel entertainment on mobile devices

We travel a lot these days, whether by plane, bus or train and it can get rather boring at times, if we’re not prepared for the long journey.

I like to stock up on movies or TV series and transfer them to my iPad / iPhone to watch while on the go. In order to save time transcoding your movie files, get an app like CineXplayer, OPlayer HD or yxplayer. They play most video files natively, thereby saving you a ton of time. This means, you drag and drop your video file into iTunes without having to convert it to the “right” format.

Both my wife and I watch programmes together most of the time (“awww, how sweet…”), and we would intensely dislike it if we had to only listen to one side of an earphone each. As such, go out and grab an inexpensive audio splitter from your local electronics store, pack in an extra set of earphones, then enjoy stereo sound wherever, whenever (gee, I sound like a persistent salesman).

Oh, another thing… make sure you charge your batteries for the trip! You don’t want to have all the media in the world, but no juice on your device. Speaking of power, if you’re in your own car and going on a long trip, grab one of these inexpensive car chargers for your USB devices – they are simply amazing and will keep your devices juiced up always.

2 Comments

  1. icednyior - February 9, 2011

    I usually convert my files with Handbrake which automatically has the settings for iPod/iPhone. Then transfer it over. Takes longer but well, its a free method. Interesting list of apps tho

    I think having not enough juice is the biggest problem so I have a mophie juice pack + Energizer portable charger. If I travel by car, I have a car charger that also has an extra USB port – great for charging passenger’s other phones

    This might be insignificant but I find that you really need a stand for your phone, or at least something to prop it up to comfortable viewing position. Oh oh, and those in-ear, outside noise canceling earphones, to block out those babies crying on the plane.

  2. Anonymous - February 9, 2011

    I usually convert my files with Handbrake which automatically has the settings for iPod/iPhone. Then transfer it over. Takes longer but well, its a free method. Interesting list of apps tho

    I think having not enough juice is the biggest problem so I have a mophie juice pack + Energizer portable charger. If I travel by car, I have a car charger that also has an extra USB port – great for charging passenger’s other phones

    This might be insignificant but I find that you really need a stand for your phone, or at least something to prop it up to comfortable viewing position. Oh oh, and those in-ear, outside noise canceling earphones, to block out those babies crying on the plane.

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