Going for vacation to Asia next month. Any good iPhone apps for travel?


Going for vacation to Asia next month. Any good iPhone apps for travel?

I just got back a few months ago from an extended trip, with my iPod Touch, to South America. The iTouch is great for travel because you don’t need a plan for WiFi, and it does Skype just fine.

Though there were a few choices, I finally settled on paying $9.99 for Wiki Offline by Avocado Hills [1]. This was by far the best app for the trip. I loved reading background and history, even for a surprising number of medium-sized places.

[1] http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id378348813

In contrast, Word Lens by Quest Visual proved to be a complete waste of money.

I found another unlikely app to be most handy, the free MapsWithMe – Travel Guide by Yury Melnichek [2]. This is great for two reasons. It had all the free offline local maps I needed for the whole trip, and contained all the offline Wikitravel I needed.

[2] http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mapswithme-travel-guide/id431183278

I really love the Web Reader – Text to Speech $1.99 app by Chris Chauvin [3]; because, I filled my Mendeley – Reference Manager app [4] with 1,000 research PDFs and listened to them to my hearts content. ;^)

[3] http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/web-reader-text-to-speech/id320808874

[4] http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mendeley-reference-manager/id380669300

Finally, I ended up buying the Justin.tv app [5] for $4.99 en route, just to get some free English language TV. Despite containing atrocious advertising for a paid app, it really surprised me what all you can watch on Justin.tv. ;^)

[5] http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/justin.tv/id358612216

I never did locate a really good *offline* podcast app.

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