Bruce Lewis at LightBackpacking.com suggests that an iPhone makes a great backpacking accessory.
The new iPhone is the ultimate backpacking tool. It weigh just six ounces and includes a phone, digital camera, music player, DVD player, Palm pilot, photo library with a web browser, email program and Google maps. How long before it adds GPS? You can buy a 1/2 ounce, 1.5 inches square iPod shuffle if you just want music. But during storms when your confined to your tent for a dozen hours or more, it’s a great companion.
Just one problem. You can’t get dozens of hours of use out of it if you try to use it for more than just music.
From Apple’s tech specs:
- Talk time: Up to 8 hours
- Standby time: Up to 250 hours
- Internet use: Up to 6 hours
- Video playback: Up to 7 hours
- Audio playback: Up to 24 hours
I’m as much of a geek as the next guy and I must admit I’ve entertained the idea of buying an iPhone. And maybe it does weigh less than 5 ounces. But once the battery dies it’s worthless.
Besides, there’s no way I’m taking a $400 gadget in the backcountry.