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5 Apps I’m Using On The Road

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Being a modern day traveler means using a smartphone. No way around it, and its the best thing ever. Here are the 5 apps I’m using the most, on the road!

App 01: Google Maps

This one is a no-brainer. It’s the best mapping solution out there. And in a country like the US which is completely wired up, you get so much data on your map its not even funny. While it’s not really new, it beats carrying the weight (and karmic baggage) of dead tree maps.

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App 02: Yelp!

Yelp has served me well in every city, starting with Manchester, where I used it first. It’s really the best way to plug in to a new city. The reviews are great, the augmented reality ‘monocle’ where you hold the phone up and it activates the camera showing you your surroundings with a layer of reviews and suggestions on whatever you’re looking at is cool BUT the best thing about this app is that wherever you are, you can do a quick local search and find the best experiences – usually involving food – in a 3-block radius.

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App 03: PowerAmp

Poweramp is possibly one of the best music players I have found. It’s the little details that make this great – it can play pretty much any file, has a huge feature-list of settings to tweak, can organize your library, make playlists, adjust levels, EVERYTHING. Seriously. You do not need anything more sophisticated than this!

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App 04: Whatsapp

As a tool to keep in touch with people, there’s nothing to beat Whatsapp. Especially the group function, that lets you add groups of friends and indulge in virtual hangouts. It’s especially great for when you’re feeling a bit lonely and want to see what all the people you’ve left behind are up to. And when you want to, it can be ignored as well! Warning: this one is a battery killer!

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App 05: Instagram

With the latest Vine-killing video update, Instagram is just the best way to share quick visual updates of where you are at the moment. Despite the hate that Instagram photos get, it’s still good to use because it’s easy, quick and very public. I still use my DSLR and my GoPro, but that doesn’t mean I won’t use Instagram. In fact, I love Instagram because it is its own special beast, different from everything else!

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  • Kanica jain

    Your like button doesn’t work. Fix it! Also, thanks for PowerAmp. 🙂

  • I don’t know why this theme is giving me so much stress :- it should have worked out of the box! Thanks, I will fix it… And you’re welcome! 🙂

  • Vivek Golani

    and what phone do u use? i hope thats not a guarded secret 🙂

  • No its not. In fact I even wrote about all the stuff I’m carrying. http://www.vahishta.com/2013/the-cost-of-gear/

    It’s the LG Nexus 4

  • Vivek Golani

    btw. how has been using different networks across the globe – any experiences that you will share.. it will be quite an eye opener for travelers. the other part being – how easy or painful it is to get a connection outside India..especially as a tourist?

  • Well there’s good things and bad. It’s super easy to get a phone. Just need a passport copy (if you’re a tourist) or an address proof (if local) and you can get a prepaid SIM card which is activated in 30 seconds. They have no concept of national roaming so you can go anywhere in the US and it’s all cool.

    Hmm, maybe this is a new blog post idea! All about phones on the road 🙂

  • Michael Marcondes de Freitas

    Are you sure you provided the right link for PowerAmp? It’s taking me to a company which manufactures loading docks equipment. I’m very interested in that one and would like to check if it’s available for iPhone as well 🙂

  • You’re right, it was wrongly linked – I’ve updated this now! Thanks for letting me know!

  • OK so now the Like button works AND I had to change the theme. Twice, because the first time Disqus stopped working! Sigh! I hope I never have to change now!

  • Kanica jain

    Babe, You might want to consider another theme change! The like button works but the theme really doesn’t.:(

  • What the… Can you email me a screen shot? It works fine here! Sigh!

  • Kanica jain

    O em gee, I meant it’s a very thanda theme. Anyway, you can think about that later. Also, damn you for suggesting a 15day trial app. Now if I like it, I have to buy it n all that. -_-

  • Function over form! I don’t care if it looks thanda, it has to first work! Then look pretty 🙂

  • And it’s worth every penny. TRUST me. It’s totally worth it.

  • Kanica jain

    Ok. But later maybe try looking for something with both? It affects the reading style.

  • Kanica jain

    N I’ve never bought an app, never. It feels oddly wrong. Like what’s all the free stuff for then?

  • OK…

  • aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar

    hey nice one

  • Thank you 🙂