Holiday travel season is still in high gear. You can become a much more informed and relaxed traveler with useful apps that will put precise directions, restaurants, maps and airport information at your fingertips.
Smart travel apps -- Apple
Mapquest 4 Mobile (Free) -- Full navigation app powered by the well-regarded Web source. The app guides you turn by turn on your journey, and you can locate food, gas stations, shopping and parking on the spot. (Mobilewalla score: 98/100)
Urbanspoon* (Free) -- An extensive guide to the most popular restaurants in the U.S., a map for finding them, codes to let you know if they are $ or $$$, and user ratings. (Score: 98/100)
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Free Translator (Free) -- You type the phrase in your native tongue, and you get instant translation into most major languages, from Albanian to Welsh. Want to say you are hungry in Danish? Jeg er sulten appears. (Score: 97/100)
GlobeConvert: Currency & Units Converter (Free) -- An all-in-one converter for any type of unit: money, power, speed, temperature, weight and length. From the pound to the euro, the peso to the rupee, you will be well armed in more than 190 countries. (Score: 85/100)
Airport Life (Free) -- Track and e-mail your itinerary, and get alerts on flight changes and details for more than 100 airports in the U.S., Canada and Europe. (Score: 69/100)
Smart travel apps -- Android
FlightTrack* ($4.99) -- Air travel is stressful enough without the hassle of missing scheduled connections. Get real-time flight data for more than 4,000 airports worldwide. (Mobilewalla score: 93/100)
Wikipedia Encyclopedia (Free) -- The perfect travel companion gives you detailed information on everything from a small town's founding to the history of the Empire State Building. It's like having a tour guide in your pocket. (Score: 93/100)
DailyRoads Voyager (Free) -- Build an automated video log of your trip with this dashboard-cam app that even shoots video automatically if there is a sudden change in speed. (Score: 90/100)
Wi-Fi Finder* (Free) -- Find the closest free and paid hot spots. Scan and sort locations by restaurant, bar or cafe. (Score: 90/100)
Radardroid Pro ($7.99) -- This money-saver alerts you to known speed traps and speeding cameras along your route. (Score: 83/100)
Apps with an asterisk* denote availability on Apple and Android.
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