Apps to make your journey easier - review

If you’re heading out on a road trip this summer holiday, there are a wealth of apps to help you find the fastest route, avoid traffic or discover an activity to break up the journey.

 
 
 
 
  • Google Maps iPhone screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 09 August 2013, 10:43 BST

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, iOS

    If you’re an Android user, the power of Google Maps is built into your handset, but iPhone users can also pick it up as a free download from the App Store as an alternative to Apple’s fledgling Maps app.

    It’ll serve up turn-by-turn, voice directions to your destination, although it does require an internet connection, so make sure you have a generous data allowance and it probably isn’t a replacement for a traditional sat nav.

    The new Explore feature is also great for finding a bite to eat, a place to stay or something unique to see or do to break up the drive. 

     
     
     

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  • Monopoly app iPhone screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 09 August 2013, 10:43 BST

    Price: £3.23, 69p, £4.99, £3.99

    Website: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone

    While the heads-up offered by traffic aids, navigation apps and added local knowledge can make the journey a lot easier, half of the battle can often be keeping the “are we there yet” brigade happy.

    There are countless games that can achieve this motorway serenity, but you can’t beat a bit of Monopoly in these situations (not least because the games tend to last for hours).

    There are plenty of varieties of the old classic on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, but the original is always the best. Build a hotel empire on London’s iconic streets and financially ruin your 9-year-old daughter in the process.

     
     
     

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  • Motorway Service screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 09 August 2013, 10:43 BST

    Price: 69p

    Operating system: iOS

    Roadside eateries are probably best avoided, but sometimes it’s a simple case of any port in a storm.

    The Motorway Services UK app will inform road users what waits at upcoming service stations throughout the country.

    Is there a Little Chef or a Burger King? Or could you strike gold and find one of those petrol station ‘convenience’ stores that charge £5.37 for a Scotch Egg?

    The app also promises to inform you of fuel and lodgings options at over 100 locations across the UK. 

     
     
     

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  • Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) app screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 09 August 2013, 10:43 BST

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, iOS

    On long road trips, somebody’s got to do the driving, but for passengers there’s often a lot of time to kill and thumb twiddling to be done.

    Thankfully, for those back seat residents there are apps like Pocket to make the journey more enjoyable. 

    Pocket allows you to save all of those interesting articles, blog posts and videos you notice on the web, but don’t have time to enjoy.

    The attractive app is easy to use, and any content you save is available for offline viewing – so you don’t need an internet connection.

     
     
     

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  • Waze app screenshots
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 09 August 2013, 10:43 BST

    Price: Free

    Website: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

    Google has just spent around £600m on Waze, but it’s still free to download. Waze offers a different proposition to other satnav replacements in that its data is community sourced.

    It offers live traffic reports from users currently occupying the same tarmac, while if there’s an upcoming accident, you’ll know, likewise if there are speed cameras in operation.

    Waze will also tell you the cheapest petrol prices on your route with live price updates from fellow drivers.

    You can also alert friends and family you’re on your way by sending them a live ETA update.

     

     

     
     
     

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