A Review of 10 Apps for Road Warriors
If you spend most of your business day on the road, then you likely have grown accustomed to doing all of your work through smartphones and tablets.
The cloud (online applications) has become your friend, as you seek constant access to all of the documents you need to conduct business. But there have to be apps that can make you more productive on the road.
These ten apps can help you stay on track and save time.
iOnRoad—We’ve all watched with envy as new luxury cars rolled out with Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) installed. ADAS uses sensors to warn you when you are too close to the car in front of you, tells you of traffic accidents and slow-downs on the road ahead, and even helps you find your car when you lose it in a parking lot.
Simply mount your smartphone on your windshield, and the app will do the rest.
“Basically, the app gives us all of the information on the city (weather, history, etc),” Zimmer explains. “It then gives us the top 25 places to see/go, restaurants, and more. It’s been helpful in so many ways. Especially when the weather is bad in a city, and our plans change.”
Designed by UIEvolution, Top 25 apps are available for New York, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and many more.
WalkJogRun—Need to keep to your exercise routine while on the road? WalkJogRun is your local running companion, offering maps, and tracking your progress.
The great thing about WalkJogRun, though, is that it includes favorite routes of locals who use the app, so you’ll feel like you have a local guide to show you around. The app uses GPS to log every mile you run, stating an accuracy to 1/100th of a mile.
Seamless—No matter what city you’re in, Seamless can help you order takeout from local restaurants, all with just a few taps on your screen.
With more than 10,000 restaurants in more than fifty cities in America and the U.K., Seamless allows you to read menus and reviews of nearby restaurants, and even to place an order via phone or online. The user is notified when the order is on the way.
Seamless even stores all of your information, so you can order easily wherever you are.
Evi—Evi turns your smartphone into a travel assistant, making travel reservations, finding nearby hotels, and reading back information while you drive.
While comparisons to the iPhone’s Siri are inevitable, it’s important to note that Evi isn’t quite as comprehensive as Siri. It won’t, for instance, add items to your calendar, or answer off-the-wall questions.
What Evi will do is reply to your voice commands with location-based answers. Evi will also send text messages, which can come in handy while you’re driving.
VoiceCal—Since Evi won’t update your calendar, VoiceCal would be a great supplement. VoiceCal allows you to update your Google Calendar or iCalendar by simply clicking on the launch tab on your phone, and speaking the appointments. They’re automatically added.
RightSignature—Get all those important documents signed without having to drag paperwork along.
Upload all the documents you need or access them via the Cloud, then have them signed, saved, and even sent to others in your organization in a matter of minutes. No more searching for a fax machine or post office to mail those important documents back to your home office.
“I use LogMeIn on my Netbook, Droid tablet, and phone to access and control my desktop PC as if I was sitting in front of it,” Rossman says. “From wherever I am, I have complete access to all my data and apps on my familiar desktop PC. Can’t image being without it.”
Skyscanner—ThunderSale’s Janet Rodriguez recommends this app, which can help you find the best rates on airplane tickets. Skyscanner searches more than 1,000 different airlines to find the best prices for your trip. The service can also help you with hotel rooms and car rentals.