My Top 20 Travel Apps for Android and IOS

Smartphones have definitely redefined the way people travel. Suddenly there are travel apps that help people plan, prepare and documents a trip. Being a tech geek and travel freak at the same time, I utilize these tools to add convenience whenever I travel. Here are some of my favorite travel apps that I use for both my Android and Apple IOS devices.

The Nokia X in bright green

Nokia X | Hands-on and Initial Impressions in the Philippines

Ever wondered what a cross between an Android and a Microsoft Windows Phone would look like? Well, Nokia seems to think fusing them together would be a hit. Their new “X” line of smartphone puts in a forked Android system and dresses it up with their Windows Phone interface. How it goes? I took home a demo unit of the Nokia X with me (as well as the other attendees from yesterday’s Nokia X launch) to fully experience their new smartphone.

Toshl Finance App

Tracking Travel Expenses with Toshl Finance

Budget conscious travellers like me meticulously list down expenses while traveling. Traditionally, I jot them down on a notebook by the end of the day. But I must admit, the advent of smartphones have changed my documenting habits. While I still do list them down occasionally, my process has become much easier since I started using Toshl Finance App.

Ironwulf Edition on both IOS (iPad) and Android (Xperia Active)

Ironwulf En Route Edition on Google Currents

Google Currents is an app developed by Google that’s designed to deliver a magazine-type experience while reading content on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Released late last year 2011 in the US, it only got available internationally last April 2012. If you’re an Apple IOS user, it’s easy to say it’s a competitor to FlipBoard, a neatly designed social media aggregator. Clearly and personally, I ┬áthink Flipboard wins in terms of aesthetics and reading experience as well as integration of social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. But Google Currents do have aces up its sleeve besides becoming a pre-installed app in all Android devices starting from the upcoming Android Jelly Bean (4.1).

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active: A Tough for Travel Phone

It seems that everyone is going gaga over the latest phones like the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 or even the coming iPhone. Nothing wrong with that since it pushes technology forward. But with my recent phone acquisition, I looked more on the practical side of things. I wanted a phone that can I travel with, a hardware that can take a beating from the elements yet smart enough to be connected and do more task than just the usual call and text. That’s where I took notice if the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active, a model released mid 2011 that promises to keep up with anyone who’s got an active lifestyle. I’ve always been the market for niche phones like this (I had the Siemens M65/75 series before) and its been a while since I have a sturdy phone. I took a dive and got myself a Billabong Edition of the Xperia Active that comes with a LiveView. After more than a month with the phone, here’s what I have to say with it.