Best iPhone travel apps

Best iPhone travel apps

Summary: Travelling can be a zen thing; an escape. Some might enjoy the feeling of leaving behind their email account, of no one knowing where they are, of being ... disconnected. Some of us, on the other hand, prefer to have their smartphone alive and in the mix.


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    AU$0.99 (currently on sale)

    We all love a movie or a TV show to ease the pain of those long, monotonous bus rides. The only downside is converting the files to a format that your phone can handle. In the case of the iPhone, this is particularly irritating, as it's so extremely limited in what it can play. Transcoding video is one of the slowest processes known to personal computing, even for high-end computers. So why bother?

    Azul is a video-player app that simply cuts out the video conversion by playing file types that are otherwise unwatchable on devices like the iPhone. You can load videos through iTunes, from the cloud with Dropbox, from email or from other online sources. Within a few minutes, your phone can be populated with a selection of movies and TV episodes.

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    Travel Health

    You're likely to encounter one of a multitude of ailments when you're on the road. These could be as common as the appropriately named Delhi belly, or as life threatening as Malaria. Travel Health breaks down symptoms into categories, such as Fever, Gut Problems, Altitude Sickness and Emergencies, but it also provides general first-aid tips and a drug-reference database.

    Information provided includes a description of symptoms that you might be having, what could be causing them and some of the treatments available. A visit to the doctor is always recommended, but Travel Health can give you an idea of the cause and severity of the symptoms you're experiencing.

    World Drugs Converter

    Once you know what's wrong with you and what's needed to fix it, there's another challenge. In many places, drugs can be found in general stores, where there are no medically trained staff, or the staff may not speak your language.

    The World Drugs Converter allows you to search by product name, molecule or therapeutic indication (symptom). It's a very simple app. It not only provides an extensive offline database of pharmaceutical drugs, but, more importantly, it helps you to find a local product that offers what you need. This allows you to either ask for the right product or check that the one you've bought contains the right ingredients to cure your health issue — it even supplies the name in the local language — an invaluable tool.

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    Now, suggesting to anyone that they use photography apps to replace a full-blown camera is foolish, but Photosynth offers something else.

    Photosynth is the product of some clever work by Microsoft, allowing users of the mobile app to take seamless, 360-degree panoramas anywhere you can whip your phone out. The camera automatically snaps photo after photo as you turn your phone, slowly building a complete panorama; it's great for capturing scenes that no regular photo or video can properly see.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Travel Tech

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  • What a strange article. Most apps you listed are not travel apps at all. They may be apps you spend time with while travelling, but for actual travel part of not there. I would have expected to see something like tripadvisor or viator, which at least help you about new destination while there.
    • This article is about apps that will help you while travelling as opposed to just "travel" apps.

      If you'd like to see what ZDNet Australia thinks are the best travel apps, you can check out this article:

  • Recently, while travelling around Japan, I found the Lonely Planet city guides for Tokyo and Kyoto extremely useful for finding places to eat, drink, sleep, as well as things to see, and various traditions and customs.

    There is also a fairly new tool made specifically for travelling in Australia called Wikicamps Australia, which is just brilliant. It's for campsites, caravan parks, etc, and people can add their own to the global database, as well as add comments.
  • If you are going to Broome, West Australia, try the Broome Visitors Guide for the iPhone. Its free, a small download (2.7 Mb) and very handy, with maps, a local gig guide and useful local info.
  • app

    I think this is also a great one - Travel Alarm Clock Pro
    My friend recommended me it -
    I’ve used it a couple of time and pretty satisfied with it.
  • Thanks for some advices to download :-) : if you have a language barrier, you can’t travel without this iPhone app, Image It :
  • Traveling apps

    It is unbelievable to have all these apps for traveling . I would have enough time for entertainment than before .AS these apps help me to manage my expenses and guide me toward anyplace i want. I also think we need
    iphone covers made of hard shells to protect our gadget especially when doing some activities like climbing the mountains.
    Best regards
    Matt Logan
  • OneTongue

    Language is one of the biggest problem we face while travelling in another country. Get instant translation of chat with OneTongue iPhone Free App. No in-app purchases. Download the app: