Pantech PX-500 Mobile Broadband Card
Speedy broadband Internet access is a snap with this new broadband connection card from Pantech. Compatible with the Sprint Power Vision Network, it delivers wireless access at broadbandlike speeds for busy travelers. No more wandering around the airport in search of a WiFi hotspot — just plug the card into your laptop and jump online at rapid-fire speed anywhere served by the Sprint Network. It operates at 3.3V for longer laptop battery life, and is among the best-value data cards currently on the market. $199.99. (www.sprint.com)
Samsung K5 Digital Audio Player
Leave it to the folks at Samsung to unveil this cutting-edge MP3 player that features built-in, slide-out speakers, making it a mini-boom box that’s perfect for sharing your favorite tunes with friends. Thanks to DNSe, Samsung’s proprietary Digital Natural Sound engine technology, the K5 offers virtual surround sound, guaranteeing great volume, no distortion, and a more natural and accurate higher quality sound. The K5 comes with state-of-the-art earbuds for when you’re feeling solitary, and boasts a battery life of up to 30 hours with earphones or six hours in speaker mode. The first Samsung digital audio player to use OLED technology, it features ice-blue adaptive graphics and easy navigation. It even stores and displays JPEGs with a 1.7-inch full-color screen, so you can create a personalized slideshow to accompany your music. $209.99 (2GB); $259.99 (4GB). (www.samsung.com)
HP iPAQ rx5000 Travel Companion
This new travel tool from Hewlett-Packard is sleek and stylish at less than six ounces. It comes pre-installed with GPS navigation software and maps, as well as travel tools including global weather forecasts, world clocks, and converters for currency, measurement — even clothing size. Besides helping to get you where you’re going, the iPAQ rx5000 also will keep you connected and entertained on the way: Equipped with the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, built-in Wi-Fi and integrated Bluetooth, you can check your email, work on a Word document, watch videos or listen to MP3s while en route. $599. (www.hp.com)
Energizer Energi to Go Instant Cell Phone Charger
This portable battery-powered mobile phone charger is powered by two Energizer AA batteries and designed with a patented intelligent control chip that maximizes power transfer from the charger to the phone. It can power 80 percent of the cell phone brands available in the United States; the included phone tip connectors are available to fit 100 phone models across top manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung. $19.99. (www.EnergiToGo.com)
What a year 2022 has been for travel! It’s not an understatement to say travel rebounded and surged following the pandemic, and airlines, hotels, travel providers and more are ready and waiting to serve the masses returning to the beautiful art of traveling. As such, we celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2022 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 19th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel. Our countdown to year No. 20 begins now.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Grand Hyatt Vail offers travelers an exciting lineup of experiences for winter 2022/2023. The property celebrates its 40th anniversary in conjunction with Vail Mountain’s 60th anniversary this December.
From Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to Corona Del Mar, Dana Point and Laguna Beach, there are no shortages of lavish hotels and full-service day spas spanning Orange County. Spa enthusiasts are spoiled for choice, with so many different flavors of high-end interiors, signature treatments, elaborate services, retail areas and, often, swanky snacks served in cafés and solariums.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
United MileagePlus, The Peninsula Chicago and FXExpress Publications, Inc. welcomed an exclusive group of United Airlines’ most elite customers, Premier 1Ks, to the luxury hotel’s stunning rooftop Z Bar to celebrate United MileagePlus’s multiple 2022 awards from our family of brands, including Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com.
Mauna Loa, the world’s most active volcano, erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years this past Sunday. The Hawai’ian volcano, located on Hawai’i Island, last erupted in 1984, when lava came within just 4.5 miles of Hilo. Scientists believe the lava flow of this most recent eruption could threaten Hilo and its populated areas.
Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.