Thursday, February 3, 2011

Top 5 Blackberry Travel Apps

We talked about iPhone travel apps a while back, but in South Africa and the UK, the Blackberry is still king. So here are our top 5 Blackberry travel apps:

The Weather Channel - I've tried a few weather apps, and this one is by far my favourite. It has a clear display that shows you current and predicted weather forecasts up to 10 days in advance or any destination worldwide, so you'll know when to hit the beach and what to pack. (Free)

FlightTrack - One of the most advanced flight tracking apps out there, FlightTrack gives you information on not only your arrival time, but gate updates and realtime flight mapping. It's pretty comprehensive, covering 1,400 airlines in over 4,000 airports worldwide. (US$4.99)

Google Maps - My Blackberry's built-in GPS is pretty crap... so one of my first downloads was Google Maps. It's handy in the car if you don't have a Garmin or TomTom, and even better if you're wandering around an unfamiliar city trying to locate major landmarks! (Free)

Navita Translator - There are a lot of translation apps out there, but Navita keeps coming out tops. This handy app allows you to translate emails, texts, and tweets; you can also type or speak the phrase you want to translate. Navita supports 50 languages, including English, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, German and Russian. (Free)

TripIt - This travel organiser lets you forward confirmation emails to them, and they'll build your itinerary for you! Keeping all your scheduling info at your fingertips, it syncs with your Blackberry calendar and Google Maps, and will even update people with your trip progress. (Free, or pro subscription for US$49/year)

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