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Here are some of the devices we've reviewed during 2003.  Which are your favorites (and least favorites!)?

 
 
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2003 Best Travel Technology Product Awards

Vote for your favorites
 

Our 2003 Best Travel Technology Product Awards will commemorate the products that you and we jointly feel made our lives easier in 2003.

 

 

 

We've reviewed a wide range of different gadgets during 2003, ranging from things as inexpensive as 'free' state of the art cellphones up to $400 PDAs.

Here's a summary of the major reviews we featured in 2003.  Tell us which products you like - and if you have a personal favorite product that was new in 2003, tell us about that, too, in the 'Write In' box at the end of each of the two categories.
 

Voting is now closed.  You can see the results here.

How to Place Your Vote

There are two sections - 'personal electronics' and 'other gadgets', each with nine named products and space for your own write-in suggestion as well.

If you know nothing about a product, and/or have no opinion, just skip it or, if you prefer, check the 'no opinion' box.

If you do have an opinion on a product, rate it from 0 (= very bad, don't like, don't recommend) to 4 (= wonderful, marvelous, highly recommend).

If you want to refresh your memory, click on the product link to have our original review open in a new window.

And, for each of the two categories, choose one only product as your category favorite.

All voting is optional.  Nothing is mandatory.  Vote as much or as little as you like.  It all helps and counts towards the category winners.

Lastly, we don't ask for any personal details in this voting.  Don't worry - no salesmen will call!

Voting Has Now Closed
 

But there'll be a new poll at the end of 2004 to determine the winners for 2004.


 Part 1 :  Technology

Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Noise Reducing Headphones

 

A top of the line, high quality, high performance set of noise reducing headphones.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Plane Quiet Noise Reducing Headphones

 

Very good quality and amazing value.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

3M Laptop Privacy Viewing Filter

 

A simple device that makes it more difficult for people around you to view the information displayed on your laptop's screen.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Wi-Fi and Hotspots

 

Easy access to broadband internet for travelers.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Vonage or Packet 8 VoIP low cost phone service

 

Very good quality and amazing value.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Which is best?    Vonage    Packet8     No preference

Nokia 3650 Cellphone

 

It's a phone.  It's a camera.  It's a camcorder.  It's a PDA.  Its the amazing Nokia 3650 smartphone.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Hop Global Roaming Phone Service

 

Conveniently place and receive calls in 86 countries, using the one phone number and a GSM cell phone at low cost.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Palm Tungsten T3 PDA

 

Hi-res expandable, color screen, multi-function, the latest and greatest PDA.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Bluetooth Personal Wireless Networking

 

A cordless and convenient way of connecting your cell phone, headset, computer, PDA and/or printer.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Add a 'Write in' Candidate

 

And what do you think was the best new electronic item that helps make a traveler's life more convenient in 2003?

Nomination for : 

 

Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   
 

 

 

 Part 2 :  Other Gadgets and Helpful Things
 

SearchAlert TSA Approved Suitcase Lock

 

An inexpensive way of locking your suitcase, which the TSA can open with a master key.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Travel ID Pouch

 

Carry it round your neck as you go through the airport, and keep your ticket, boarding pass, and ID handy.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Personal Two Way Radios

 

A short range and inexpensive way of a group of people keeping in touch while at the mall or trade show or similar.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Nexcell Rechargeable Batteries and Intelligent Charger

 

Very high capacity batteries and a clever charger that gets best life from them.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

The Boom Noise Canceling Headset for Cell Phones

 

Designed for use in military helicopters and the NYSE, the microphone cuts down background noise so you can easily be heard, even in very noise environments.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Skullcandy Headset Mixer

 

Feed inputs from both a music player and a cell phone to one set of headphones.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Johnny Jet's Book of his Website

 

An extensive categorization and listing of helpful travel websites.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

International Traveler Reference Books

 

Two books that between them tell you most all that a business traveler would want to know before heading overseas.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Strategies for the Wise Passenger Book

 

Written by a former long time flight attendant, with practical suggestions for air travelers.

       No Opinion/Experience or
Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

Add a 'Write In' Candidate

 

And what do you think was the best new gadget or other helpful thing that helps make a traveler's life more convenient in 2003?

Nomination for

 

Score  0   1   2   3   4               Category Favorite?   

 

Voting Has Now Closed - See the Results Here

 

Originally published 13 Feb 2004, last update 28 May 2011

You may freely reproduce or distribute this article for noncommercial purposes as long as you give credit to me as original writer.

 
 
 
 

 

 


 
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