Ok folks, pretty short of time today so just a few quick thoughts to share with you.
I have done one or two posts recently on geek gear aka new phone, iFad, Netbook etc and tried to explain some of the relevance of it to photography.....or not as the case may be.
Last year I posted the link to a great little application that someone sent to me called the Photographers Ephemeris - this is great and lives on my Netbook and has seen use a few times.
Well my new phone runs on Google's Android Platform and so is well supported by many apps, in the same way that Apple do with the iPhone.
So what I hear you cry, stop boring me with techno crap.
Well once you get through a lot of the dross apps, and believe me there are plenty, there are some eral little gems that I have been using and will use when further afield. Apps such as Sunrise and Sunset times, at any location in the world, including the location you are in via the GPS facility. Great for knowing those keys moments for that sweet early and late light.
I also just downloaded a Tide App - which will tell you all the high and low water times and heights, again for any world location. Another little beauty for knowing when to plan trips and when to be in location for those water bird trips.
The same goes for World weather too.
The Maps function is brilliant as it will locate you directly on the satellite map/aerial image from Google Maps.
My final recent addition is a compass which works well as a Silva compass.
Now these are all well and good, but, and you knew there was a big but coming didn't you :-), they are only as good as your battery life and in some case the ability to get 3G signal. Now I have looked at some of the places I have been to, and are planning to go to this year, on the network availability maps and 3G isn't going to be a lot of good to me. So I won't quite be throwing away my plastic sun compass yet, but I know I can easily write down the numbers before the trip of the key bits of data I need to know without having to spend out money on tide tables etc. So as long as you use it to prepare ahead of tripswhen you have signal then I think these will be great additions, all is the size of a small phone. And if you are operating in areas with great signal then your life might just be easier.