Monday, February 22, 2010

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Traveling

Got an iPhone? If so, you can probably relate to this scenario. You meet someone else with an iPhone. What's the first thing that you do? Swap apps of course. Well, here's your chance to share apps with your fellow RV'ers.

Here's how it works. I'll start the ball rolling with some cool ones that I've collected along the way. If you have some to share, just use the comments section at the bottom of this entry and I'll update the blog as they come in. We're looking for the Top 10 best and most useful apps. You never know, we may even run to a prize for the No.1 app! As with most competitions, the judges decision is final (i.e. mine) and no whining if you don't win!

So here goes (in order):

1. FaceBook (free)
Got a spare moment in the laundromat? Sat around listening to someone boring in the evening and need a distraction? Waiting for the RV to get serviced? This is THE app for keeping in touch with family and friends. You can even upload your iPhone photos and if you're lucky enough to have the new 3G (like me), you can upload video with VideoUp. Love it.

2. Yelp (free)
Awesome app for finding great local restaurants in a new location, complete with local review, and a link to Maps to help you find it.

3. Pandora (free)
If you've got a 3G connection, then you've got an almost unlimited music selection to play. It's like having a free juke box with an unlimited music. Simply select your favorite artist and let Pandora pick music from that artist and others that you might like. Plug your iPhone into your sound system and you're away! You can even bookmark new artists and songs that you like to play later or purchase from iTunes.

4. GPS Drive
Forget the $99 TomTom app, this baby (courtesy of Lamar) costs $2.99 and is almost as good. Check it out.

5. Showtimes (free)
Shows you the latest movies playing at local movie theatres close to you, complete with video trailers

6. GPS Tracker (free)
Enables you to upload your GPS location to your website or FaceBook. Ideal for letting everyone know where you are.

7. USPS Mobile (free)
Need to find the local post office. Look no further than this free app from your friendly post service (or not so friendly if you're in Quartzsite).

8. Dishpointer AR
Superimposes your satelitte location (you tell it what sat you are on) over a live feed from the camera so that you can determine the direction for your sat. Pretty cool, if not geeky.