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15 Apps Worth Packing

15 Apps

If you're a business traveler, the word "busy" is an understatement.

That's why we went on the hunt for 15 apps to make your life on the road easier–or, at the very least, a little more convenient.

One caveat before you scroll down the list: Business travel opens your device up to many threats, including phone theft, so it's worth it to install a mobile security solution that will keep your personal and company data secure along the way.

We digress. Here's the list:

  1. GasBuddy (Free)
    Android, iPhone – USA and Canada only
    The community-driven app lets you find the cheapest gas along your route.
  2. Genius Scan+ ($0.99)
    iPhone
    Scan your documents and email the scans as JPEGs or PDFs. The app also provides easy upload to Dropbox, Evernote, Expensify, and Google Docs-all of which made this list.

    Android users, for a similar app try CamScanner -Phone PDF Creator (Free).
  3. Guidebook (Free)
    Android, iPhone
    This app gives you a virtual backstage pass to popular trade shows, expos, conferences, and conventions with schedules, maps, exhibitor lists, and more. It even provides offline capability for areas with poor reception.
  4. Vlingo (Free)
    iPhone
    Go sans-hands with Vlingo, which incorporates the TrulyHandsfree Trigger into a smartphone application that, when connected to a supported Bluetooth device, allows you to command, "Update Facebook status: Almost got hit by some idiot talking on her cell phone!"

    Still think you can text and drive? Try this game, courtesy of The New York Times.
  5. Text No More (Free)
    Android
    This app lets you choose when to block your calls and texts. Your calls will still come through if Bluetooth is detected, and you get rewards for blocking the cell system, such as discounts from local merchants and Groupon. An added community service bonus: The app features Amber Alerts for missing children.

    iPhone users, for a similar app try Text'nDrive (Free).
  6. Evernote (Free)
    Android, iPhone
    By now you've no doubt heard of this great app. But for any business traveler, the recommendation bears repeating. Take notes at meetings, record voice memos, and snap and organize clips (from the Web and elsewhere), then easily access them via email or across multiple devices.
  7. Talk to Me Cloud (Free)
    Android
    This app translates what you're saying into another language in real time, which is essential for business travelers in foreign countries. In a single tap you can have speech to speech translations in 15 languages (output voices in over 30 languages).

    iPhone users, for a similar app try Speak it! (Free)
  8. TripIt (Free)
    Android, iPhone
    This app allows you to organize your travel plans all in one place, with syncing capabilities between TripIt's website and the mobile app. It even lets you share your plans with your family, friends, and your coworkers.

    The (ad-free) paid version includes flight alerts and alternate flight options.
  9. Aloqa (Free)
    Android
    Next time you travel on business, don't rely on just the concierge's recommendation for offers, restaurants, events, music, and activities. This app pushes real-time updates to your device based upon your interests and customized demands.

    iPhone users, we recommend TripAdvisor (Free) as an alternative.
  10. Dropbox (Free)
    Android, iPhone
    Once you save a file on your computer, Dropbox automatically syncs that file across all of your devices that have the app installed. This means you can access your photos, docs, and videos from anywhere while you're on your business trip.
  11. Waze (Free)
    Android, iPhone
    Whether you're traveling across town or in another city, keeping on schedule is key. This traffic and navigation app provides GPS-based reports along your route to keep you informed on traffic conditions, accidents, social check-in integration, and carpooling opportunities.
  12. Bump (Free)
    Android, iPhone
    Business cards are pretty much a thing of the past, thanks to Bump. To activate the app, just "bump" two phones together to share contacts, photos, find mutual friends, and sync devices (if you're really close). Another cool feature is that this app works with both Android and iOS users who have the app downloaded on their respective device.
  13. Google Docs (Free)
    Android
    This app lets you create, edit, upload, and share your documents while you travel. You also have the ability to snap a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document, which can come in handy for those receipts or if you need to capture a whiteboard.
  14. Lokadot (Free)
    iPhone
    Tap into the power of the cloud and access crowdsourced audio files with Lokadot-a mashup of the words "local" and "anecdote." This app "meaningfully re-connects listeners to their surroundings with relevant audio about the places they inhabit and visit." Most audio files are also accompanied by a photo, title, location information and a handy URL.

    Android users, for a similar app try Wikitude World Browser (Free)
  15. Expensify (Free)
    Android, iPhone
    Expensify syncs with your credit cards and bank accounts to track purchases and automate the expense process. The apps lets you capture information from scanned receipts, create digital copies of the paper receipts, track mileage, etc–which is pretty handy if you're used to doing everything one step at a time.

Notable Mentions:

  1. Packing List (Free; Android)
  2. Kindle for Android (Free; Android)
  3. ESPN ScoreCenter (Free; Android, iPhone)
  4. Spotify Premium ($9.99 per month; Android, iPhone)
  5. WorldMate (Free; Android, iPhone)
  6. Temple Run (Free; Android, iPhone)
  7. Cab4Me (Free; Android, iPhone)

So (in addition to Webroot's sweet mobile apps) what are your favorite apps for commuting and business travel? Let us know on Facebook >>

Please note that all prices were current at the time this article was written and are subject to change per each app's developer. All listed apps are the property of their respective owners and developers. Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc. iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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