If you are brave enough to be participating in Black Friday sales this year, you will likely find yourself standing in a long line at some point. Since most stores offer free high speed internet why not take advantage while waiting in the hour long line to pay for your deals. Here are some portable entertainment ideas to help keep boredom at bay.
Androids, Blackberries, and iPhones – Chances are good that your phone is your most convenient entertainment device. Tap its fun potential by downloading your favorite types of games and apps. Your phone can also double as a movie viewer and internet surfer… ear buds are recommended so that you don’t disturb your already antsy line-mates.
Pros: Can fit in your pocket.
Cons: Relatively short battery life; possible extra charges for service.
iPad, iPad mini, Google Nexus, etc – Your tablet can do just about anything that your smartphone can do, but bigger! The battery life is typically much longer on a tablet, meaning that the fun can last longer as well. If you have internet connection, or can “borrow” it from a nearby Wi-Fi source, then you can use Skype to give your concerned loved ones updates on your Black Friday adventure. You can also use a tablet to view movies, listen to music and surf the internet.
Pros: Easier on the eyes, long battery life.
Cons: Can be a bit cumbersome.
Applications (apps) for phones and tablets – Before the big day, download and try out plenty of different apps – just be sure to check out their ratings and reviews so that you know what to expect.
Portable Music player
iPod, etc – For the entertainment purist, there is the miniature music player. Listening to your favorite upbeat albums, comedic operas, or light-hearted musicals can help pass the time. Avoid “downer” music, though… no one wants to see you cry in public.
Pros: Music soothes the savage beast.
Cons: Your eyes don’t have much to do except look at the guy you’re standing next to.
Hand-held Gaming Device
PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, etc – For “Old Skool” gaming and fun on “New Skool” devices, bring along the cutting-edge in hand-held gaming devices.
Pros: It will take years off your perceived age.
Cons: It will take years off your perceived age.
Kindle and Nook – For those who prefer a more passive kind of entertainment, these “eReaders” are perfect for books on the go. Load up your reader with your favorite authors for hours of distraction. Funny, lighter reading is recommended – it will make the time pass faster and put you in a better mood for the potential ensuing madness.
Pros: Helps you look smarter.
Cons: The size makes it harder to stow when the actual shopping starts.
An Actual Book
One of the first kinds of hand-held entertainment, the Book is a great way to spend time and engage your brain. Opt for larger print in case there is no decent ambient lighting in an outdoor line.
Pros: Low tech means not having to worry about battery life or breaking it if it gets dropped in a mob.
Cons: It doesn’t look nearly as cool as something that glows.
Are you ready to be the coolest person in a one mile radius? Then opt for wearing Google Glass to keep you entertained. What looks like a pair of revolutionary glasses is actually a James Bond-like computer for your face. Take photos and videos, send messages, and ask it stuff, all with voice commands. You can even ask it how to say phrases in foreign languages, so that the little old lady near you can’t understand your favorite curse word when you get frustrated.
Pros: Could possibly attract a mate if you’re not already married.Cons: If you lose it in a crowd, your entire week will be ruined.
Whatever it is you bring to keep your mind off of the long lines, make sure to give its battery a full charge before heading out.