Does the traveler’s perfect smartphone exist?

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Smartphones have become part of everyday life, many people have become reliant on them. Source: Shutterstock

THE DIGITALLY connected traveler is on the rise. As more people opt to freelance and work from remote places, the reliance on a good smartphone is crucial.

This style of travel isn’t for everyone, but for those who rely on their phones for trip itineraries, boarding passes, maps, communication and work, it is imperative they find the perfect device that works for their needs.

Here are our top picks of smartphones, based on different variables for all types of travelers.


Samsung Galaxy S8 – US$509

Long gone are the days of carrying around a bulky camera, side-prodding phone with an extendable-aerial, and rolls of light-sensitive film.

For the past 10 years, people have been able to simply use their mobile phones to capture anything from delicious food to a chance encounter with a celebrity.

Albeit, the quality of phone cameras has massively improved since 2008, to the extent where people are capturing whole movies on them.

This Samsung Galaxy S8 is perfect for just that.

Users can capture images that are saturated in color, which can be further enhanced through filters.

The lens allows you to take detailed images of food and the image quality doesn’t differ in low lighting either.

The front camera has a wide-lens to capture whole landscapes, and with the new and improved autofocus, it’s hard to find conditions this phone can’t handle.


CAT S41 –  US$506

If you’re an adventure traveler and don’t want to be worrying about your phone as you scramble across treetops, trek across lakes and climb steep mountains; but still need a way of contacting the outside world, then a durable phone is a must.

The CAT S41 is unlike other durable smartphones which are targeted at construction workers or those with a passion for the outdoors.

Instead of being big and bolshie, with lots of unnecessary screws and accessories, the design is slim and neat.

The casing has good grip, so it won’t slip out of wet hands, and the screen is also resistant to cracking from a fall of up to six feet.

In addition, the phone will remain waterproof for up to 60 minutes in as much as 6.5-feet of water. But make sure the protective layers over the charging and headphone-jack points are fitted tightly.


Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom – US$329

If you’re not too bothered about snapping your surroundings or storing lots of files on your smartphone, but you are concerned about it dying and being stranded in an unfamiliar place, then the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom is the one for you.

The very moderately priced device has the longest battery life on the smartphone market.

It offers an astounding 16:46 hours of scrolling, liking, texting, calling and online shopping. So you know it’s not going to leave you stranded with no way of contacting a lift home… or the pizza delivery driver.

It also has a decent camera with dual rear cams and 2.3 optical zoom. As well as a bright and super colorful 5.5-inch display that won’t deplete battery quickly.