BlackBerry: 10 Must-Have Travel Applications

By Posted 29 May 2010, 16:28

If you are a BlackBerry user, and are often on the road using your favourite smartphone to communicate with the world while you’re away, we have a list that comes from PC World telling you the 10 best applications to have while you out and about.

First up is the WorldMate Live, an application that is truly the pinnacle of traveling with your BlackBerry. If you are the forgetful type, or just like to know specific details on your screen then this is the application for you. WorldMate Live keeps all your the details of your travel at your fingertips. It comes with a wealth of features including current currency conversions, hotel and even limo booking services, text alerts and the ability to add LinkedIn contacts. This service can be downloaded and used for $11.95 pcm, or $99.95 per year. There is a “lite” version also available.

Exgis Time & Expense Enterprise is another fascinating application that allows you to track your travel expenses with online generated reports depending on what information you give to it about your tasks including mileage and time spent expenses.

Poynt is another must-have application, even if you are not the traveling type. What this nifty little application will do is find abouts where you are in the world and list by category which local businesses, restaurants, movie theaters, gas stations or even people using the application are in your area. The program seemingly integrates with your BlackBerry map features to make it easy for you to find your chosen destination. You can even book a table or pre-order movie tickets. Superb!

Another restaurant application that is a favourite with the BlackBerry world is Urbanspoon. What Urbanspoon does is collate reviews from around the web and puts them into this application on recommended restaurants in and about the area you are currently in. But instead of selecting a restaurant, Urbanspoon comes with a slot-machine like suggestion engine where it will randomly select types of food, prices you are willing to pay and what area. You can also lock particular filters to narrow down the randomness to tailor your specific needs.

Buzzd is another application that will show you POI (points of interest) and local attractions in your area that are rated by other users who also use the application, plus Twitter and other social networking sites which help you decide where you would like to visit depending on your preference.

If you like to track and manage your calls on a call-by-call basis, you could always pick up Mobiso, which does exactly what was just mentioned and tracks calls made and received. There is also Google and Outlook integration, and even a feature to add notes to certain calls to remind you of specific points talked about in said phone call.

There are also numerous Weather applications available for the BlackBerry, but one that stands above the rest is WeatherBug Direct. This program comes with an extraordinary list of information regarding the weather in chosen locations around the globe, with an hour-by-hour forecast, the ability to choose what weather station you prefer to monitor the weather and emergency alerts to notify you of any important weather announcements.

Need a hotel? MyAssist is basically your PA whenever you want it, when you want it. Flowers, plane bookings, hotel reservations, tow truck and limo callouts, golf, spa trips, event tickets, you name it, you can book it. This service is available at $9.99 per month (obviously not including the expenses you shell out on while booking and ordering items and rooms). Still, a very good application for the busy business type.

The last two applications could be very handy while in unfamiliar territory, and come in the flavors of Navita Translator and Car Finder. Pretty self explanatory, Navita will translate over 50 languages and will use Google and Bing to get the best results. It even comes with a computerized voice that can say the translation for you, which can be useful if you are unable to pronounce it yourself. CarFinder will do just that. Parked in a busy car park? No problem. You can use BlackBerry’s GPS system to save the exact location of your car, go to your chosen destination, do whatever it was you want, and then press “Find your car.” CarFinder will then create a map all the way back to where you parked your car.

Did you like this list? Is there anything you would add as part of your BlackBerry travel application must-haves? Please share with us below.

Source: PCWorld

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