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Girl Geek Gadget Guide to glamping this bank hols…

Staycations are all the rage what with the recession and all, so if you’re planning a Bank Holiday weekend away glamping then check out these must have gadgets to make your little mini break even more enjoyable. 

 Logitech S715i portable speakers

Have tunes, will travel with the new Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i. It’s a portable iPod and iPhone speaker dock, ideal for setting the backing track to your weekend break. Whether it is the latest choonz from JLS, or something errr better – this iPod dock has great sound quality and is easy to transport. 

Expected to be available in the UK in all major retailers from August. Price £149

Ploo

We all have to drop the kids off at the pool sometimes, apart from ladies of course. But at least when you’re enjoying your camp fest this handy PLOO makes it slightly more bearable when you need two-sies. This lightweight loo is basically a portable cardboard toilet and is ideal for camping. Easy to use, it comes with 10 biodegradable *errrr* poo poo bags and a handy shoulder carrier!

Available from www.firebox.com Price around £15

The Mio V505 

 The revolutionary Mio Navman Spirit V505 is the perfect travel companion for any self respecting gadgeteer. Its wide-screen design and industry-leading navigation will get you to your desired destination safely, and in the shortest possible time. It also comes with integrated Freeview TV, so you can even enjoy the X factor in the great outdoors with a nice glass of rosé.

Available from: www.mio.com Price from £169.99

Draper 45943 3 LED Waterproof Wind Up Torch

I love torches nearly as much as I love maps! Even tho’ it’s an oldie it’s still a goodie for any camper, even if it’s just for a late trip to the Ploo! This nifty little device from Draper has it all, the light, the waterproof casing, and if you leave your solar power charger at home it even has a handy wind up mechanism so not batteries needed! Price around £10

Solar Powered Camp Shower

Camping no longer has to mean living in squalor for days on end surrounded by baby wipes, you can now get shiny and clean with this handy solar powered shower! For that ‘home from home’ experience… sort of… invest a little, and gain a lot from this portable shower facility.

Available from www.filthyfox.co.uk Price: £4.99

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Fancy a free sat nav? Skobbler now available on Google Android

Skobbler, creator of the first free turn by turn sat nav app for the iPhone, has today announced the launch of skobbler for the Google Android platform.

Featuring a new user interface and enhanced visual appearance, skobbler sat nav for Google Android is available for download immediately, is compatible with most Google Android mobile phones and above all is FREE. Woohoo!!

Since the UK launch of skobbler for iPhone just 4 weeks ago, skobbler has been downloaded more than 82,000 times by iPhone users in the UK. It has sat comfortably at the top of the UK free navigation app chart for four weeks and reached No. 10 of the most popular free apps in the UK app store overall, demonstrating just how popular mobile phone navigation is becoming .

Skobbler is a sat nav solution that empowers consumers to take matters into their own hands and make outdated and poorly detailed maps a thing of the past. It uses community maps from OpenStreetMap (OSM), the Wikipedia of maps that already has over 250,000 users worldwide dedicated to updating and creating the most detailed free map of the world. As a result, all users benefit from consistently updated maps without paying for expensive and already out-of-date updates.

Availability and compatibility

Skobbler is free, is compatible with most Google Android mobile phones and can be downloaded from the Android Market.

You can find further information on recent developments at http://blog.skobbler.com.

Key Features:

· Turn-by-turn GPS navigation
· Visual and voice-guided navigation
· 2.5D bird’s eye view graphics
· Day and night display modes
· Automatic continuation of navigation after incoming calls
· Pedestrian mode
· Take me home function
· Dynamic map updates at no extra cost
· User-editable maps of UK and Ireland (OpenStreetMap data)
· Bookmarks for favourite destinations

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Looking for a decent, affordable sat nav? Check out TomTom Start

Here at girlgeekchic towers we love a good sat nav particulary one that is a) easy to set up and b) easy to use -so we just love the TomTom Start UK entry level sat nav.

It’s functional and stylish but even better is super affordable without compromising on quality.  I found a great deal at Asda where you could pick one up for around £85. It has an easy to use touch screen and simple menu to navigate, so finding your destination has never been easier. The menu has two main icons: plan route and browse map and uses intelligent route planning so if you still get lost with this then frankly you need to just ask for directions.

The UK model includes UK maps but you can get upgrades for this unit if you want to travel farther a field. It is lightweight and compact so wont take up too much space in your handbag and has decent size 3.5 screen. You can choose a variety of changeable colour covers (smartskins) if you fancy a different colour (I chose purple) which come with a colour coordinated pouch for an extra £14.99.

Simple and easy to use, stylish and portable getting to your destination has never been easier.

For the Asda deal click here

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Mio Navman Spirit 300 Sat Nav

This is a stylish, compact sat nav from the Navman Spirit range which is one of the slimmest, most lightweight sat nav devices I’ve seen for a while so won’t take up too much valuable space in your handbag! It’s got a simple, colourful menu system that takes you to all of the features within a couple of ‘taps’. It comes with a host of other features including explore mode, pedestrian mode helping you to explore on foot and nav pixs – a geo tagged photo navigation feature, so you can tap on the photo of the Eifel tower and it will tell you where it is and how to get there! Good for the car and exploring.

For more details, check out Mio Navman

Price £129.99

Product Specifications

Navman Spirit 300 Traffic
• 3.5″ screen
• Pioneering ‘Spirit’ software with Slide Touch
• TruMap views
• 3D Junction views and lane guidance
• Local Search via MioMoreTM desktop 2
• Explore mode
• Wcities Travel Books
• Walking mode
• Smart economical routing
• NavPix photo navigation
• Pre-loaded safety camera data – free trial*
• Text to Speech
• High speed GPS fix with SiRFInstantFixIITM
• Road speed limit data
• Built-in Traffic information
Latest regional / European map data

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New ‘Tom Tom’ sat nav for girls: White Pearl

Based on the TomTom ONE IQ RoutesTM edition*, the White Pearl is the latest offering from Tom Tom and is definitely aimed at the female market. It looks sleek and stylish with its chic pearlescent finish, swirl pattern and matching EasyPort folding mount. And when your’re not using it, you can pop it into its silk, drawstring bag to keep it protected from the depths of your hand bag!!

It also includes some brand new features such as, ‘Places to be seen’ and ‘Shop ‘til you drop’. Covering everything from restaurants, bars, cafes, coffee shops, cinemas and theatres to fashion and home furnishing stores.

One thing that I really like is the Help Me! safety feature, including emergency phone numbers and a ‘Where Am I?’ function particularly useful if you break down and are lost!!

The TomTom White Pearl will be available in June 2009 from www.Amazon.co.uk. The suggested retail price is £179.99. For more information, please visit: www.tomtom.com

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