Bringing the silver screen to the Trail
My Sony W715 phone has a few great functions, one being it has a great screen for watching movies on. I have been toying with the idea of watching movies in my tent for a while and decided to take the plunge.
A lot of people are under the impression that a movie file is just too big to store on a mobile phone, but the new San Disk M2 Memory cards mean you have up to 16Gig storage. These cards are about the size of your finger nail so even the most battle hardened light weight enthusiasts would struggle to argue a case against this. At the moment i have x2 4 gig cards so i have plenty of capacity.
The movies will need converting down to the relevant resolution size to fit the mobile screen size and i found this bit of software very easy to use and very FREE. Converting a full length movie means the average size of the file is 100MB. I have converted American Beauty last night and it works great. I plan on taking 10 films on the TGO challenge 2010, i am watching all the Oscar best Picture winners at the moment so this should give me an opportunity to eat into the many films still to watch.
Battery power was one concern but i watched a full movie on my phone last night and it only eat up 25% of the battery power. I have a spare battery and plan on buying one of those battery charging kits thats name eludes me as i type….monkey charge….powermonkey….something along those lines.