Top 50 Travel Tablet Apps
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- 1. About The Luckie 50The Luckie 50 is an annual report on the best, newest and all-around handiest digital tools for todays traveler. The report,now in its fourth year, has evolved with technology, moving froma primarily website-focused list to an app-centric one today.This year, we at Luckie & Company are dedicating our entire listto the emerging field of tablet apps, which has seen explosivegrowth in recent months and will no doubt continue to expand inthe years to come.
- 2. The AuthorsEdward Bowser, Community ManagerEdward.Bowser@Luckie.comDavid Griner, Director of Digital ContentDavid.Griner@Luckie.comWhitney Massey, Communications PlannerWhitney.Massey@Luckie.com
- 3. State of the TabletIn April 2010, Apple launched the iPad, selling more than 15million units in one year and ushering in the true Tablet Era.Less than a year later, the iPad 2 was released, adding twocameras and a gyroscope both of which opened uptremendous new opportunities for travel apps.
- 4. State of the Tablet (Cont.)As of July 2011, travel-related apps made up more than 10%of the nearly 100,000 iPad applications available fromApples App Store.The competing Android platform announced a tablet-optimized version called "Honeycomb" in May 2011, thoughrelatively few apps have been upgraded to make the mostof it.In this edition of The Luckie 50, only Honeycomb-optimizedapplications are listed as Android apps.
- 5. So without further ado,we present The Luckie 50 for 2011:
- 6. MapsOrganizationPoint InsideTripItAllSubway HDFlightTrack ProUpNext 3d CitiesFlightBoardGoogle EarthPacking ProMaplets Essential Travel ChecklistWorld Travel AtlasSpringpadGlympseRV ParksMapDroydLearningiExit Fotopedia HeritageTRVL MagazineCouch TravelerResources Endless VacationXE Currency for iPadJetsetterFree Wi-Fi Finder Tour WristWorld Clock Rough Guides World LensWeather Channel Max Lonely Planet Discover eBooksCabulous50 Places of a LifetimeCall a TaxiOpenTablemyLanguageReservationsParkn Find Hipmunk DiscoveryGEICO GloveBoxKayak HD YelpDisaster Alert Urbanspoon American Airlines HDSurvival Pocket ReferenceTrip Advisor Booking.comDisneyland/Disney World Wait Times GobyTrip SplitterWikihoodTrip ViewerWhere To Go? Top Pick
- 7. Category:Organization
- 8. 1. TripItHaving trouble keeping track ofall your upcoming trips? Justforward your confirmation emailsto TripIt, and it can serve as acentral hub for flights, car rentals,dinner reservations and lodging.While theres still room forPlatform: iPadimprovement, especially in howCost: Freeyou create and save local mapsfor your trip, you definitely get alot from a free app.
- 9. 2. FlightTrack ProGet up-to-the-minute informationon almost any flight in the worldwith FlightTrack Pro, which caneven sync with your TripItaccount to import itineraries.This app gives you a freakishamount of info on a flight: currentaltitude, remaining flight time, youname it. Pro version isnt vital,but it has a few neat bells andPlatform: iPad, Androidwhistles such as pushCost: $9.99 (Pro)notifications. $4.99 (Standard)
- 10. 3. FlightBoardWhen youre in a rush, hunting forthe departures/arrivals screens atan airport is a real pain.FlightBoard lets you pull up thecurrent info for any airport.Minimalistic, accurate and usefulin a pinch. Platform: iPad, Android Cost: $3.99
- 11. 4. Packing ProIf youre both OCD and forgetful(a rare combination, admittedly),then youll love this checklist appfor all your packing needs. Alsoincludes pretravel necessities likebuying tickets and setting yourout-of-office email, but for thesetasks, we preferred the EssentialTravel Checklist app on thefollowing slide.Platform: iPadCost: $2.99
- 12. 5. Essential Travel ChecklistWhile similar in form and functionto Packing Pro, this app has adifferent interface that some willprefer. We found it a bit morestreamlined for pretravel tasksthat required more explanationthan just "get dogsitter." Platform: iPad Cost: $2.99
- 13. 6. SpringpadWhether youre planning a trip orjust trying to organize your goalsand discoveries, Springpad is afantastically flexible app.Create "notebooks" by addingeverything from your own notesand photos to information from Platform: iPad, Androidscanned bar codes and Yelp Cost: Freereviews. The Clipper browserextension is a great way to addsnippets you find online, too.
- 14. Category:Reservations
- 15. 7. HipmunkHipmunks easy-to-read gridsmakes finding the perfect flight acinch. The app even sorts flightsbased on "agony," whichincorporates factors such as howlong youll be traveling and howmany stops youll make. Platform: iPadOnce you pick your flight, you Cost: Freecan book it from the iPad app,email it to someone else or bookit using the Hipmunk website.
- 16. 8. Kayak HDKayak has long been one of ourfavorite sites for booking flights,and its iPad app doesntdisappoint.Users can narrow search resultsby airline, number of connections,airport, flight times and price. You Platform: iPadalso get to pick which site youwant to buy from without leaving Cost: Freethe app. Kayak simply pulls it upwithin a browser
- 17. 9. American Airlines HDNot only can you book flights withAmerican Airlines app, but thetool also saves your mobileboarding pass, shows youterminal maps, provides gate andseating details, and even lets youplay a game of Sudoku to passthe time. Platform: iPad Cost: Free
- 18. 10. Booking.comAccess more than 135,000 hotelsfrom across the world. Pricing,photos and ratings are readilyavailable to help users make aselection.Platform: iPadCost: Free
- 19. Category:Learning
- 20. 11. Fotopedia HeritageFotopedia Heritage offers morethan 25,000 amazing photos fromWorld Heritage sites around theplanet.The app provides briefdescriptions of destinations, viaUNESCO and Wikipedia. UsersPlatform: iPadcan bookmark their favorite sitesand access them through Cost: FreeTripAdvisor for ease in travelplanning.
- 21. 12. Couch TravelerCouch Traveler combines Googlesatellite images with Wikipediaentries to explore differentlandmarks throughout the world.Click the Master List tab to see aselection of landmarks including bridges, mysteries andtheme parks and a satellitePlatform: iPadimage will give you a view of theCost: $1.99locale. Tap the description field tolearn about the location viaWikipedia.
- 22. 13. TRVL MagazineCheck out photos, videos andarticles from across the globethrough this fully digitalmagazine, staffed by acommunity of travel buffs. Platform: iPad Cost: Free
- 23. 14. Endless VacationEndless Vacation shares articlesfeatured in the print edition of themagazine, along with breath-taking photos, destination guidesand tips for making your travelsmore memorable. Platform: iPad Cost: Free
- 24. 15. JetsetterUsing Jetsetter, users can searchvacation destinations, viewphotos and read reviews by travelexperts. By using the app tomake reservations, you canreportedly save onaccommodations at selectdestinations.Platform: iPadCost: Free
- 25. 16. Tour WristOne of our favorite apps forlearning about destinationsaround the world, Tour Wrist letsyou use your tablet as a windowinto incredible scenes.The app uses high-resolutionpanoramic photos, which you can Platform: iPadbrowse by touch. And forCost: Freemaximum coolness, you can turnyour iPad in any direction to seemore of the location.
- 26. 17. Rough Guides World LensA truly stunning app to peruse,Rough Guides World Lensshowcases hundreds of photosby professional photographers.Images feature cultural events,architecture and scenic vistas.Users can share images, markthem to return to later ordownload as wallpaper.Platform: iPadCost: Free
- 27. 18. Lonely PlanetDiscover eBooksWhen it comes to making themost of travel ebooks, LonelyPlanet is leading the pack.Currently available for fivecountries Great Britain, Ireland,France, Italy and Spain theLonely Planet Discover eBooksare thoroughly interactive, linkingeasily within the book or toPlatform: iPadexternal websites. A vast majorityCost: $14.99 eachof content is stored on your tablet (through iBooks app)and available offline.
- 28. 19. 50 Places of a LifetimePublished by NationalGeographic, 50 Places of aLifetime highlights topdestinations around the world.The app features photo and videogalleries, maps, facts and tips foreach destination. The "Personal Platform: iPadPlaces of a Lifetime" feature Cost: $1.99 eachallows users to note "Places IWant to Visit" or "Places IveBeen."
- 29. Category:Discovery
- 30. 20. YelpWhile not the prettiest app on theplanet, Yelp is our go-to tool forfinding great restaurants, coffeeshops and more in any city.Business profiles go far beyondstar ratings by including helpfulinfo such as whether a restaurantis kid-friendly or accepts creditcards. Platform: iPad Cost: Free
- 31. 21. UrbanspoonBest known for its (rarely veryuseful) slot-machine tool that letsyou find random restaurant picks,Urbanspoon is actually moreuseful as a place for reviews.Unlike Yelp, Urbanspoon profilesalso include links to related blogposts and articles across theWeb.Platform: iPadCost: Free
- 32. 22. TripAdvisorLong considered the goldstandard for hotel reviews,TripAdvisor these days is acomprehensive and content-richtool for either planning a trip orfinding fun destinations whileyoure in town.Leaving your own review is alsoa snap, especially now that theiPad 2 has a camera, allowingyou to share pictures. Platform: iPad Cost: Free
- 33. 23. GobyWhile most apps of its kind focuson locations, Goby adds theability to find "things to do" basedon upcoming events, concerts,tours and more.While events may be the priority,the apps place finder is highlyvisual and is just as helpful forfinding food and lodging as it isfor finding live music