Palm Centro

by David Goldes
Palm Centro

We go from the world’s thinnest laptop to one of the smallest smartphones with a full backlighted QWERTY keyboard, the Palm Centro.  The quad-band GSM Centro is only 2.1” w x 4.2” h x 0.7” d and weighs only 4.2 ounces with battery and is ideal for the business traveler.
It runs on Palm’s easy-to-use (if a little dated) Palm OS 5.4.9 and features a nicely-sized full-color 2.2” touch screen with …

Apple MacBook Air

by Jonathan Spira

Apple Unveils the World’s Thinnest Laptop
MacWorld 2008 heralded the unveiling of what might be the prototype of the laptop of the future for the business traveler: the MacBook Air.  “We’ve built the world’s thinnest notebook, without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or full-size 13” display” Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the assemblage of Apple faithful at the event.
Indeed the Air may very well become a favorite of business travelers as Apple …

Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany Review

by Jonathan Spira
Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany Review

The Mandarin Oriental Munich is found on a quiet and unassuming side street near the Maximilianstraße, one of Munich’s main shopping streets.  The unpretentious entrance is quite a contrast from the elegance one finds once inside its portals.  The hotel’s 53 rooms and 20 suites are perhaps the most luxurious in the city.  Guests are always addressed by name and cosseted.
When I arrived, my room wasn’t ready yet so I …

2008 Cadillac CTS

by Jonathan Spira

For more than a decade, Cadillac has been an afterthought to many luxury car buyers in the market it helped create since its founding in 1902 out of the remnants of the Henry Ford Company.  (Cadillac was named after Antoine Laurnet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1901.)
In past years, its place – or lack thereof – was somewhat deserved.  Cadillacs were underpowered, overpriced, overweight, and …

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Review

by Jonathan Spira
Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Review

This 19th-century hotel overflows with antiques (including a priceless set of 17th century Flemish-Gobelin tapestries) and rare paintings.
Located on the western side of the Binnenalster lake, an impressive location to say the least, the Vier Jahreszeiten is also in the heart of the business district and its cafés, bars, and restaurants attract a local crowd in addition to visitors.  Hamburg, a city of merchants, is a bustling port on the …

Lufthansa 411, New York JFK – Munich

by Jonathan Spira
Lufthansa 411, New York JFK – Munich

There were only two people in line for Business Class when I arrived at the Lufthansa counter at JFK’s Terminal 1 so my wait time was less than five minutes.  I was greeted warmly by the agent and, when she found out that I was not a member of the Miles and More mileage program, she immediately enrolled me.  She also issued my boarding pass and itinerary and directed me …

Carbon-Neutral Business Travel

by Jonathan Spira
Carbon-Neutral Business Travel

Business travelers have long known that travel takes its toll on body and soul.  But the toll it takes on our planet is rarely considered.  Every step of a business trip has an impact on the environment.  How much varies based on choices made, miles or kilometers flown or traveled, food consumed, and items purchased.  You may think this all beyond your control but the extent to which you can …