Everyone knows that an Android phone is one of the most useful things to take with you on a road trip. Besides being able to call for emergency roadside assistance with it, you can use GPS features on most Android phones, which are tied into Google Maps. You can also use augmented reality apps like Layar and the “organic,” open-source Mixare, or navigational aids like BreadCrumbz.
But everyone knows about those Android apps. What other apps are there that could help on a road trip?
Mint.com personal finance
Mint.com is a free, easy to use personal finance web app, that securely ties into your bank account and keeps track of your spending, plus shows you ways to save money. It’s also the name of their app in the Android Market, which lets you check on your finances at any time.
The most useful thing about Mint.com’s Android app for road trips is that it comes with a home screen widget, that always shows how much money you have in the bank. Just slide over to the screen that it’s on, and you’ll know whether or not you can afford that souvenir! It also has a “Recent Transactions” folder you can tap to see what you’ve bought lately.
Flickr Free, Adobe Photoshop Express, and WordPress
So you just took those pictures with your Android phone, and now you want to share them with your friends? Adobe Photoshop Express will let you edit and crop pics before uploading them. And unlike Photoshop for Windows and Mac, Photoshop Express is a free download from the Android Market. It even lets you set pics you take as wallpapers on your Android phone.
If you want to share pics in places besides Facebook, Flickr Free will let you post them to your Flickr account. Plus, if you use Flickr’s social networking tools, you can also use the Flickr Free app to watch the groups that you’re in and your friends’ photostreams. Meanwhile, if you have a WordPress-powered website or a free blog on WordPress.com, you can use the open-source WordPress app to upload your pictures there.
Lightning Bug and Musical Bubbles
Lightning Bug is a free “white noise generator,” that lets you play sound themes like crickets or rain. If you’re having trouble falling asleep in an unfamiliar place, it might be a lifesaver. Just remember to plug in your phone! Musical Bubbles is an alternative, but it’s hard to describe. You tap your phone’s screen to create bubbles, that bump into each other and play sounds like chimes. It’s soothing, especially at night.
No list of Android apps for road trips is complete without at least one game, and Meteor Blitz is spectacular. It’s like Asteroids on adrenalin.
Try out the free demo! And whatever Android apps you use, I hope you have fun with them.