App Reviews

iPad/iPhone Travel Apps

We’re big Apple fans.  We have all the Apple products.  Computers, laptops, iPods, Apple TV and the iPhone.  What about the iPad you say?  Well, we’re waiting for v2 later this fall.  We travel everywhere with our iPhone.  It’s kind of like a 7 in 1 tool.  Many people try to load as many apps as they can on their phone.  Personally, we’d rather put on apps that are useful.  Since we always have our iPhones or iPods, many apps come in handy while traveling or even while at home.  Here are some that we have on our phones that work great.

Flight Track – Flight track is different than most flight tracking apps.  It sync’s with your iPhone’s calendar and TripIt, has live flight tracking, real time status for weather, delays, cancelations, as well as airport gate information for over 4000 airports worldwide.  You can also see the inbound flight information for the plane you’re about to board.  A very handy app to have if you spend time in airports.

Star Map Pro – Since we travel to many unique, out-of-the-way destinations, it’s always interesting to look at the night time sky.  Once you get out of the cities and into the countryside, it’s amazing what you can see in the sky.  When you travel into the Southern Hemisphere, it really gives you a whole new perspective on things you can’t see from home.  With a catalog of over 2 million objects in the sky along with details for many of them, you’ll be amazed at what you find.  The best thing about this app is that it works “offline”, so you don’t need to use wireless minutes or data.  And, using the built in Location information and accelerometer built into the phone, you simply start the app, hold it up to the sky and it will automatically bring up the map for your location and show you the objects you’re looking at.  Very cool.

Convert –  Is a very simple-to-use unit calculator.  Need to know how many litres make a gallon?  How many milliliters are in an ounce?  Very handy when traveling to countries that use the metric system.  The best thing is how easy this app is to use.

Motion X GPS – This is a great app if you like to get out and do some walking or hiking.  It’s a full featured GPS that keeps track of where you are and where you’re headed.  All of the basic GPS functionality is built-in:  waypoints, destination coordinates, maps, elevation, altitude, speed, etc.  Especially handy if you’re in an unfamiliar area.  Since it uses location services on the iPhone, make sure your battery is well charged if you’re going on a longer hike.

World FactBook – The CIA website has some of the best up-to-date information on every country throughout the world.  Now you can take a scaled-down version of that information with you on your iPhone.  A very handy reference guide to have with you at all times.

iTimeZone – It’s hard enough to keep track of time where you are, let alone somewhere else.  This handy app works great at displaying time in just about any location throughout the world.

Trip Advisor – This app eliminates the need for opening up a browser on your iPhone when you need quick information about a place or business.  Get a condensed version of all of the information on TripAdvisor in this handy application.

We’ll bring you more favorites in the next week or so….so stay tuned!

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