Saturday, 30 October 2010 12:00 AM
With over 85 million iPhone and iPod Touch users, and three million iPads sold in the first 80 days of release, it was not hard to predict the reach and importance of the portable information revolution.
Companies have been quick to exploit the potential of 'app culture' and the implications of having their products and services available at the swipe of a screen right in the pockets of their fickle customers (Apple has in fact recorded over four billion app sales since July 2008).
The whole premise of apps is portability and convenience - and this is perfect for travel. So here at TravelBite.co.uk we thought it time to bring you our top 5 travel apps - those little things that could completely change the way you book and research your holidays, or simply make your weekend away that little bit easier.
With key information, social media connectivity, travel itineraries and trip booking facilities the new Exodus travel app offers some good functionality.
You can also live chat with Exodus' travel experts, research trips and discuss plans with other users as well as book your holidays with the simple touch of a button.
Qype Radar (free)
By browsing over 850 categories the Qype Radar lets you find exactly what you need in your local area.
This location-based app finds out where you are then offers thousands of restaurant, bar, cafÃ©, hotel and nightlife reviews for the surrounding area - as well as allowing you to contribute to the global network by adding your own reviews and recommendations.
An indispensable tool for the frequent traveller, Tripit automatically organises travel information into your Google or Blackberry calendar.
By forwarding your flight or accommodation confirmation email to a dedicated email account you enable Tripit to detail your travel itinerary automatically, saving much time and confusion.
Conde Nast Traveller's City Guides (Â£3.49 each)
This series of apps offers comprehensive city guides for a variety of destinations - currently available for Paris, New York, Barcelona and Rome.
The iTunes Store's current 'App of the week', Conde Nast Traveller's City Guides help you navigate via GPS and augmented reality technology, learn about your destination via dedicated audio tours, make to-do lists and travel journals, and find the right places to eat, drink and be merry with endless reviews.
In addition to the long-list of functions, these apps also provide off-line city maps so you can avoid expensive roaming charges when abroad.
Jourist Travel Interpreter (Â£5.99)
While perhaps not the cheapest of apps, this handy interpreter is extensive where others are lacking. The Jourist Travel Interpreter offers 24 target languages and more than 2,100 illustrated phrases and audio tracks for each language.
Easily navigable, this simple app will ensure you never get lost or order the wrong thing ever again.
All of these apps are available at the iTunes App Store - but you'll need to download the iTunes music programme first, which can found for free at the Apple website.
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