Mar262009

What iPhone Apps Do We Need for Our Cross-Country Road Trip?

iphone-roadtripIf you’re not caught up on our IM Road Trip shenanigans yet, read up on how we made a spontaneous decision to take a cross-country road trip to IM Spring Break!

Both Pam and I own the iPhone 3G and don’t know how we’d live without it.  Opening up the phone to take 3rd party applications is probably the best thing that Apple could have done.  However, I remember the times when I could install and test them all… but now there are so many apps to choose from!

So, we know that a bunch of you are iPhonatics just like us.  We have a bunch of apps installed already, but we would like to know what apps you recommend we have for our 6000 mile road trip?  (My iPhone may or may not be jailbroken… ;) )

Here is a rough outline of our route:


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It’d be nice if Apple or some app developers sponsored us, eh? :P

Please leave your iPhone App recommendations in the comments below! Thanks!


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8 pimp-style comments, so far... »

  1. Daryl

    September 15 2009 @ 11:31 pm

    iPhone is one of the most promising gadgets today. That’s the reason why there are so many iPhone applications available anywhere. More online stores give big discounts too! What I like most are games and music applications. It’s too hard to name everything.

  2. Ferg

    December 21 2009 @ 10:11 am

    My cousin and I are taking a road trip starting in January and I’ve been looking for some iPhone apps as well. I’ve found a few apps that seem like their going to be useful but I was wondering if you had found any apps that you would reccomend?

  3. kid disco

    December 21 2009 @ 11:17 am

    @Ferg – The Yelp app was a must have, as we used it to find good local food wherever we happened to be. We also used Brightkite to keep track of where we went. Other useful apps for the road trip were The Weather Channel and Gasbag. All of these are free… Hope this helps!

  4. Michael Lee

    December 27 2009 @ 3:18 pm

    Beer 99 Bottles sings the old roadtrip song “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” starting at any number up to 1 vigintillion (10 to the 63rd), and tells you how long it would take to sing it. Voices are real, not computer-generated. Especially good for entertaining kids on long trips.

  5. iPhoneKönig

    January 12 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    I would buy an iPhone tomorrow if it had directional navigation GPS.
    My reading of the GPS threads tells me that the iPhone\’s GPS is seriously lacking in consistency, and Apple has made any developer applications involving directional guidance a no-no. Firmware 2.1 was rumored to bring directional guidance from Apple, but they did not do that. Tom-Tom is rumored to have something, but they say it doesn\’t include directional guidance to stay inside Apple\’s guide-lines.

  6. david

    January 21 2010 @ 10:10 pm

    Road Trip Arbiter keeps track of spending for a group of people of any size during a trip. It solves all sorts of sticky money issues by keeping a running tab of each persons’s contribution (or lack thereof), be it a dinner, hotel, or a tank of gas. At any time the app makes it easy to see who underpaid for their share of the expenses and needs to pay whom so everyone’s contribution is equal. Keep everyone honest with Road Trip Arbiter and enjoy your trip.

  7. Approachnet

    June 8 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    Love my iPhone, but using the navigation apps are painful to use. Screen is too small IMO.

  8. Metrocket

    November 16 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    You should try out our app, iExit. It uses the GPS to determine if you’re on a major US freeway and then will tell you what’s at upcoming exits. It supports over 400 chains, so if you’re looking for a Chick-Fil-A, select it as a favorite and easily see which upcoming exits have one.

    I realize your 6000 mile road trip is long over but thought I would post anyway. Download iExit for free here

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