When failed communist revolutionary and t-shirt icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara made his trip around South America on motorcycle neither he nor his best friend had any high-tech phone helping lead the way. Maybe if Che had the Nokia 6110 Navigator he wouldn’t have tried to bring “socialist justice” to various South American countries. Well, the world never know, but we do know that this mobile phone helped Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars) and Charley Boorman during their Long Way Down from Scotland to the southern most tip of Africa.
The pair, both who made the trip on BMW motorcycles, uses the Nokia handset to route their path, GPS navigation, Web searches (“where do we find good Indian food in the middle of Africa” was probably a common search for the two Brits) and of course important calls back home. This trip was a follow-up to their original Long Way Round series, which was a popular reality based series that chronicled their adventures and misadventures along the way. And unlike Che these two best friends know a little capitalist technology like a mobile phone with a 2 megapixel camera goes a long way. More importantly McGregor is just as big as a t-shirt icon, and his hands aren’t in a museum somewhere to prove he’s dead!