The iPad holds a special spot in the pantheon of portable computing – bigger and more useful than a smartphone, but smaller and more portable than a laptop computer. This is why iPads are one of the best devices for frequent travellers, and they have quickly become a favourite of anyone who spends a lot of time travelling and commuting. A few months back, we took a look at great travel apps for Androids, and now we turn our sights to great iPad travel apps. They are not explicitly built around travel – we all know about Google Maps, Yelp and Trip List – but are things you might not think about while on the road.
It’s not always a good idea to flash your expensive gadgets while standing in the street, so travel apps that are easy to use and give quick answers can be a real benefit. UrbanSpoon allows you to find nearby restaurants and cafes, sorting by distance, price, and cuisine as well as other specifications such as allergy-friendly menus or outdoor seating.
How many times has your iPad languished in your bag, because you can’t find a Wi-Fi hotspot and don’t want to pay outrageous 3G roaming charges? Wi-Fi finder displays a map showing local coffee shops, libraries, and more that offer Wi-Fi to the public. Filter by location, venue type, cost of Wi-Fi (or free hotspots only), and best of all, there is an offline database so you don’t need to use 3G to find a connection.
Things is the best productivity app you’ll ever use – it is the BMW to Evernote’s Volvo, with the price tag to match. Seamlessly stay on top of your to-do list while on the road, manage business and travel tasks, remind yourself of meetings, and effortlessly sync to your iPhone and Macbook. While expensive at £14, it’s certainly cheaper than hiring a PA.
Instagram may not seem like a travel app, but it can be a pain to lug around a bag full of gadgets on the road – computers, tablets, smartphones and cameras, and all of the accompanying cables and batteries, are far too heavy to take everywhere. Simplify, and use your iPad for snapping travel shots on the go. Better yet, it’s a fantastic way to keep your friends and family back home tuned into your trip in real-time.
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