Smartphones can make your vacation a breeze, whether it’s finding the perfect restaurant, beating traffic or finding your way without asking creepy gas station attendants. Here’s our list of the top Smartphone and iPhone apps for your next adventure, including some from this great Esurance mobile list.
1. Google Maps
This veteran app is a must for navigation – and it comes standard with every new iPhone.
2. Gas Cubby
Going on a road trip? This app tracks your car’s gas mileage alongside how much you pay per gallon, and reminds you when it’s time to rotate your tires or change your oil. Check out the free sponsored version first!
Don’t have GPS in your car? All you need is a phone with this free app. It has voice-assisted turn-by-turn navigation, and it’s cheaper than its competitors because it uses OpenStreetMap, an open-source mapping system that MacWorld calls “the Wikipedia of maps.”
Want to find food, gas, coffee or movie theaters around you? Check out Where, which also has 3D map capability.
Similar to Where, this app helps you find stuff in your current location – and get the advice of the locals.
Want to avoid speed traps and hazards? 6.4 million people have downloaded this one to make their trips smoother. Just don’t be a speed demon, okay?
Did you know you can get Pandora’s free streaming music on your phone? Its playlist builder is a breeze on smartphones, and the app’s latest version supports the new iOS4 multi-tasking feature, meaning you can do other things (like check directions) without stopping the music.
Whether you’re camping in the woods just need to navigate the inside of your giant handbag, you never know when you might need some light. This app turns your entire screen a bright white color.
Find restaurants within your price range and chosen cuisine, for free! Best for well-traveled destinations.
Need to ask someone where the bathroom is? This free online translator app supports 64 languages, with an interface to Google Translator, Bing Translator, and other reliable online services.
11. Lonely Planet Phrasebooks
It would be nice to know how to pronounce foreign phrases, huh? This phrasebook offers phonetic and spoken versions of common travel phrases.
Want to keep track of confirmation numbers without using paper? Enter all your flight and hotel info on the free Tripit.
13. WorldMate Gold
Similar to Tripit, you can store your itinerary, hotel vouchers, car rental details as well as meeting details. It also has maps, direction tips, exchange rates for foreign currencies, world times and weather forecasts.
14. Free Wi-Fi
Want to use the ‘ol laptop? Use this app to search for free hotspots when you are on the go.
15. Big Tipper
Don’t insult the locals! Figure out how much to tip with Big Tipper, which will also split the bill between diners.
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