Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung’s highly anticipated smartphone debut, which set sales records throughout Europe and Asia, has arrived on U.S. soil in time for the holidays. Ultra-thin and sleek, it features Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus touch-screen display, delivering brilliant colors and high contrast for a crisp viewing experience. The Galaxy S II features an improved Samsung TouchWiz user interface, providing superior multitasking, application management and customization; and includes Live Panel, which offers a magazine-like view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photos and more. Samsung’s Social Hub service transfers email, instant messages, contacts and calendar reminders as well as social network connections including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn into “Feeds” and “Messages” folders that can be divided into tabs or combined into comprehensive lists. It’s powered by the innovative Android Gingerbread platform, with full support of Google Mobile Services including Android Market with access to more than 250,000 applications, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and more. It also boasts Samsung’s Media Hub movie and next-day TV content service, featuring thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios and television networks. Available from Sprint (as Epic 4G Touch), AT&T and T-Mobile. $199.99–229 with two-year service agreement and qualifying plans; contact your provider for details. www.samsung.com
TomTom Go Live 1535M
The world’s first portable navigation device featuring a suite of popular travel apps, the TomTom GO LIVE 1535M combines the most comprehensive road and traffic information with the insight of travel-related apps. Using TomTom’s connected LIVE services, you can access information while behind the wheel by browsing helpful travel apps from Yelp, TripAdvisor, Expedia and Twitter, and you can find hotel availability or access updated fuel prices, weather forecasts and Local Search. TomTom HD Traffic provides the most accurate reporting available by capturing more actual traffic jams than ever before, processing traffic conditions for all major and secondary roads within the U.S. road network and delivering real-time traffic updates every two minutes. It also features Bluetooth hands-free calling, intuitive voice recognition and a 5-inch touch screen. $249.95; includes a free 12-month subscription to LIVE services. www.tomtom.com
Polaroid GL10 Mobile Printer
Designed by Polaroid and Lady Gaga, this portable printer gives new life to images stored on cellphones, hard drives and digital cameras through the archetypal Polaroid instant experience. The 15-ounce GL10 produces full-bleed 3- by 4-inch photos in the Polaroid Classic Border in less than one minute; photo-lab-quality prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating. Prints wirelessly from most smartphones, including BlackBerry, Android and Windows-compatible phones via Polaroid apps; from your PC or Macintosh computer; and via USB connection from your digital camera (not compatible with iPhone). Its rechargeable battery lets you print up to 35 photos on a full charge. As Gaga would say, it’s on the edge of (high-tech) glory indeed. $169.99. http://www.polaroid.com
Kensington BungeeAir Power Wireless Security Tether
A great stocking stuffer and a failsafe way to keep track of your iPhone 4, BungeeAir is the essential 3-in-1 accessory: wireless tether, case and battery. Just place the iPhone into the battery case, attach the BungeeAir Fob to your keys, and never lose or forget your iPhone again. When you and your phone are separated, the battery case sends a command to the iPhone, instantly password-locks the screen and sends an alert to the BungeeAir Fob. A convenient app lets you customize security settings. And if you misplace your iPhone, just press the button on the BungeeAir Fob and — presto! — it rings the battery case, which also provides four extra hours of power. $99.99. www.kensington.com
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: