This Summer Vacation Bring These Apps with You
Better summer vacationing through your BlackBerry smartphone
Summer vacation means long days, warm nights, and lots of travelling. To make your vacation more enjoyable we have assembled a baker's dozen of our favorite vacation apps for your BlackBerry® smartphone. These little gems will help with flights, rental cars, weather forecasts, currency conversions, restaurants, sightseeing, and more. Download these apps and you will be prepared for your best vacation yet.
WorldMate does so much for the traveler it's crazy. Forward your flight, rental car, and hotel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then WorldMate will piece everything together and synch it with your BlackBerry smartphone. But there is more: you can search for alternate flights, get flight delay alerts, find hotel deals, book restaurants, and find shopping. See maps to your hotels or sightseeing spots. Get weather forecasts, currency rates, and more—WorldMate is a terrific tool for summer travel.
Free version available; Gold version is $11.95/month or $99.95/year.
KAYAK is another useful travel app, which links to the popular Kayak.com website. With the app you can compare prices from hundreds of travel sites at once, then book the flights or hotels you want.
3. XE Currency
Vacationing in a foreign country? This app converts rates for more than 180 currencies worldwide—right from your BlackBerry smartphone. Rates are updated by the minute (requires a connection) or you can store rates for offline use.
4. Navita Translator
When things get lost in translation in a foreign country turn to the Navita Translator for help. It can translate more than 50 languages and read words aloud in languages like English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
5. Zagat to Go
Bring the famous Zagat restaurant guide with you on vacation. Search by location, cuisine, price, or rating. Read reviews for more than 40,000 restaurants worldwide—along with hotels, nightspots, and golf courses. You can add a reservation to your calendar, add a listing to your address book, and call an establishment right from your smartphone.
$19.99 (on sale); $29.99 reg.
Looking for a fun dance club? Need the closest gas station before your tank runs dry? Yelp is on the case, letting you search for places to eat, shop, drink, and have fun. Read reviews from in-the-know locals about the best places for everything vacation. Search is available for businesses in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the US.
Tired of searching for restaurant recommendations? Spin the Urbanspoon restaurant slot machine, and it will pick a recommended eating spot nearby. Keep spinning until you find a dining establishment you are happy with. Urbanspoon uses GPS and Urbanspoon ratings to find the best restaurants near you. Filter by cuisine, price, or location.
Share your summer vacation with the world! Snap a picture and post it to your Flickr® account right from your BlackBerry® smartphone.
9. Shoot It!
Mail a real postcard of your favorite vacation photo to friends and family back home. With Shoot It! you simply select your photo, write a personal message, and send it off to addresses you choose from your BlackBerry Contacts. A real postcard will be mailed first class the next business day. Your first postcard is free.
Starting at 99 US cents for US addresses; prices vary for other destinations.
10. Free Wi-Fi Cafe Spots
Geo-locate free Wi-Fi® hotspots in 20,000 cafés and restaurants in 115 countries. Locations are stored on your BlackBerry smartphone for easy searching when you do not have Internet or cell access.
Into everyone's life a little rain will fall, but please not on summer vacation. While WeatherEye cannot guarantee sunny skies and warm temperatures, it can help you plan your activities based on accurate forecasts from the Weather Network.
12. Emergency Info
In a medical emergency while on vacation it is best to be prepared. Emergency Info stores your most important medical information in your BlackBerry smartphone. In an emergency medical personnel can access and review your personal information, including your emergency contacts, current medical conditions, drug allergies, medications, and past surgery history.
13. BlackBerry® Maps
View maps and receive directions on your BlackBerry smartphone. Zoom or pan through interactive maps when looking for locations or directions. Use GPS to get easy turn-by-turn directions to attractions, restaurants, and hotels. Enter search terms like “pizza” or “beaches” to find nearby locations.
FREE (and preinstalled on most BlackBerry smartphones)