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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    Photography

    Photosynth
    Free
    iOS

    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.

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    Translation

    Worldictionary
    AU$7.99
    iOS

    Not only is Worldictionary able to translate from 21 languages to 59 languages (at the time of writing — though there are ongoing updates), it does so by sight. The translation engine is still based on either Google or Bing translations, but Worldictionary can do its translations by simply pointing your phone camera at the word in question. This can be hugely advantageous when, say, you're trying to read Chinese or other character-based languages — and it also saves you the hassle of typing in the word and using the right accents. You can either translate through the lens or from a photo, which can be taken by simply touching the screen. The app requires an internet connection, so taking a photo means that you can translate it later when you're online.

    Once the word has been detected, you can read a detailed description of its meaning, look it up on Wikipedia or do a YouTube search on it, just in case you need extra information on its context.

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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.
    amulle
    • 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: http://www.zdnet.com.au/best-free-travel-apps-339312591.htm

      Thanks,
      Irene
      iBean
  • 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.
    SmakDaddy
  • 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.
    bvg-788eb
  • app

    I think this is also a great one - Travel Alarm Clock Pro
    My friend recommended me it - http://www.alarmtravel.com/
    I’ve used it a couple of time and pretty satisfied with it.
    Talim
  • Thanks for some advices to download :-) : if you have a language barrier, you can’t travel without this iPhone app, Image It : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/image-it/id515842287?mt=8
    MaximeSaada
  • 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
    MATTlogan