There are several threads connecting iPhone (or smart phones) to cycling and a couple which discuss some apps such as GPS features but I'd like to know what other people are putting on their iPhones which is touring specific.
Here are some of the apps I use for touring:
• Mint, I plan to install Mint by Intuit as soon as my local bank gets their act together and allows account login from their homepage versus a three layered login process. FREE
• iXpenseIt Lite, Password protect your personal financial data, visual indicator of monthly budget vs expenses, overview of today’s spending vs daily spending average, Expense Summary, store digital photo receipts, and tonnes more. FREE (there’s a paid version with even more financial tools $4.99)
Calengoo, I use Google Calendar because I find it useful to plan tours while allow people to keep updated where you are so I use the CalenGoo app on my iPhone. It connects me to my Gcal in a small screen friendly manner where I can see and interact with my various calendars. $6.99 for the app but the Gcal account is free.
• AccuWeather is packed with weather related information including multiple area listing (swipeable), 15 day forecasts in each location, 15 hours of hourly forecasts, severe weather alerts, forecast videos, indices (such as UV index, air quality, arthritis index, and flu indexes), weather alarms, and more. The only downside are the ads but hey, it’s FREE!
• NPR News, Lost touch with what’s going on in the world? NPR News allows you to listen to Radio NPR. FREE
I haven't got to test much on any of the GPS features and apps but upon recommendation from friends,
• TrackMyTour, connects to your TrackMyTour.com account FREE!
• Topo Maps, meh... not impressed. $6.99. Next time I might try the iTopo Maps for $9.99
• iPhone’s native Google mapping app is free but it’s off… WAY off, it thinks my location is about 12 miles away from where I actually am… in the water between the island where I live and the next island. At least it’s consistent. FREE
• Google Earth, Use the phone’s GPS to show your location while searching for things to see, restaurants to eat at and hotels and campgrounds, to stay at. FREE!
• Facebook, I love blogging about where I’m at and what I’m doing on my tours and keeping in touch with friends and family, the iPhone Facebook app is great and allows me to upload pictures, videos, and of course my current status. FREE!
• Flickr lets me upload my pictures to the set of my choosing, view my contact’s and my pictures and has a great photo search function. FREE
• WordPress, I have not had the chance to use WordPress for iPhone yet because I use WordPress on an independent site host and so can’t log in using the app but a friend uses this app to keep in touch with his readers and he swears by it. FREE
• TiltShift Generator, this is my favourite camera app which allows for a variety of Tilts-shift options including changing the contrast, brightness, saturation, blur effects, and edges $.99
• CameraBag, A camera bag o’ tricks with a bunch of very cool picture enhancements $1.99
EXTRA USEFUL APPS:
• Knot Guide shows you how to tie up to 76 different knots. This comes in handy while camping or tying your bike to the top of a truck somewhere in SE Asia $2.99
• Bicycle Gear Calculator, find out your gear ratio, and gear inches $4.99
• SpokeWrench wheel spoke length calculator for wheel building and repair $.99
• iEmergency+ puts all of your “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) information in one easy place for emergency personnel to find in case you are unable to provide it yourself. It includes up to four ICE contacts (including doctor), medical info with Rx info, and even insurance account numbers. $.99
• iHandy Level trying to find a perfectly level spot to camp or level your saddle? This app acts as a level while showing degree of angle FREE
• Convert It is a unit and currency converter $.99
SOME APPS I’D LIKE TO TRY:
• iMapMyRide’s real-time tracking syncs training logs and routes with your MapMyRide.com account. FREEversion
• iMapMyRidePlus includes all the function of the free version but has no ads in app and you can take photos along your route $4.99
What iPhone apps do you bicycle tour with for short or long expeditions?