Archive for June, 2008

New iPhone 2.0: cheaper, with GPS and 3G

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

New iPhone 2.0, that would hit the markets next 11th of july in 22 countries, es smaller and lighter than his predecessor. It will be out in two versions, of 8 and 16GB, that will be sold at 199 and 299 dollars (400 dollars the old unit).

During the Keynote, Jobs affirmed that connecting with this new iPhone is 36% faster than using other 3G dispositives, which will made easier both surfing and downloading. Besides, Apple has worked in a new battery which will allow 5 hours of conversation, 6 hours of Internet, 7 hours of video, 24 of audio and 300 waiting hours.

Another new feature of the iPhone is a GPS, which allow to locate and follow the movements of the phone in a map.

The iPhone 3G offers the direct reception service of e-mails Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, the as BlackBerry.

All these features packeged in a big sized screen of 3’5″ and the new MobileMe, the applications suite that allows, with the simple movement of the finger, transfering any content between the computer and the phone.

We are waiting to the launch day to get the first real impressions and see the fever that it will produced.

Cheap hotels around the world

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Finding an economic hotel to spend the nights is another headache for the traveller. The first is where and how to find a cheap flight (as seen in our previous guide of economic flights).

In this guide to find cheap hotels we will explain a few tips that can be applied to any search:

Look at different places before booking anything and compare the prices.

It’s a good idea to read commentaries at forums about the hotels or hostels we are interested in. If a hotel is cheap but the facilities, staff or hygiene is not good at all maybe it is time to search for another place a bit more expensive but with better quality.

Review the conditions of the booking and check the terms that apply if you finally cancel a booking for not showing up.

Depending on the time of the year and the temperature at the city you are going, it may be interesting to check if there is air conditioner or central heating.

If it’s a shared room with other people, ask if there is a secure locker and bring your own padlock with you.

As when searching for cheap flights, there are plenty of pages to search and compare prices and disponibility of rooms in different hotels simultaneously, saving time and money.

Let’s see the 5 most used webpages for searching cheap accommodation.

all-hotels.com : offers more than 60.000 hotels, bed and brekfast and resorts around the world. They offer a directory of hotels to search manually.

hostelworld.com : Hostelworld specialices in hostels, mainly for young people. Offers more than 17.000 hotels, guesthouses, hostels and campsites in 168 countries. They offer pocket travel guides which information about our destiny, but it’s a bit short so maybe we will need to get a proper guide like Lonely Planet. The web is in different languages, a good thing for those not native speakers.

hotels.com : is probably the most famous and the one which offers a more exhaustive database with 80.000 hotels to search and compare. They have free cancellation of the bookings and offer a phone number to use in case of doubt or need of help. In different languages.

booking.com :
they have 45.000 hotels in something like 10.000 cities in the world. Their prices are quite economic. The hotels have commentaries of clients and users. Web and custommer support in 17 languagues.

And the last is not a web, it’s a tip. When booking a flight, look if you can book a hotel directly from the same web or they offer some link to do it (Ryanair and Easyjet do this). With this, maybe you can save a few bucks. Besides, it’s usual that the travel guides offer different recommended hotels to stay.

In the next guide we will talk about travel insurances, for those of you who will be travelling during a long time, visiting different countries or a place where the language can be a problem.