Recording vacation memories is so much easier these days.
I remember my childhood when my parents would drag along a Big
Ol' Movie Camera to capture my brother and me doing something cute
while we were on vacation. Then, sometime later, Dad would set up
the Big Ol' Projector and screen and invite the relatives in to be
bored by the silent films he had shot.
Thankfully those days are long gone, replaced by mini digital
cameras. Now, the cameras are being replaced by even smaller, but
much smarter, phones.
As a PC person (vs. a Mac user), I have a Droid X. It takes OK
photos. I also have a Samsung smartphone for work that takes
slightly higher quality photos and videos. But neither compares
with the HTC
HTC sent me a Rhyme to use during a photo seminar at an
education conference for TravelingMom.com bloggers
Disney's newest cruise ship, the Fantasy.
The phone overall is smaller, lighter and far more powerful that
either of my other phones. The camera has enough camera
settings to impress the professional photographer running the
seminar but was still easiest enough for the most
technologically-challenged among us to use.
I took this photo on the spur of the moment as I looked up and
saw the sun glinting off the tube as this mom and child floated
past on the AquaDuck (the cool water coaster on board Disney's
biggest ships, the Fantasy and the Dream). Nice, huh?
Since I'm a PC person, syncing the phone to my laptop was easy.
My fellow Mac using bloggers did not fare so well. It took several
tries before they were able to get the Rhyme to talk to their
Unfortunately, the phone has to go back in a week.
Tip for phone camera users: When you park at
the airport or zoo or any other large parking lot, pull out your
camera phone and snap a photo of the parking sign. It will make
life so much easier when you head back to the car at the end of a
long day (or a
family vacation) and can't remember where you parked.
Please note: I was paid a stipend by TravelingMom.com for
writing about the HTC Rhyme, but the opinion voiced here is all my
own. I would keep this phone if I could and will strongly consider
buying it when my Droid X dies.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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