With apps ruling the roost in the smartphone world, it’s time to pick the best of the lot. We profile three of them to meet your different needs.
‘E’Books on your mobile are fast becoming a popular way to ‘sit down with a good book’ or simply help pass the time while sitting on the bus to work. If you have a Nokia, Palm, Blackberry or Android phone, Mobi Reader is the app you will want. After downloading an eBook, Mobi Reader conveniently lets you adjust the text font size, colors and styles, and fits all of the text neatly onto your screen so you won’t have to scroll side to side. Navigation to pages and chapters is easy, and you can also highlight sections of your choice. But the best part? You can enable ‘auto scroll’ to avoid manual sliding with your joystick. Even more convenient is that you can download hundreds of free ebooks from the Mobi Pocket library online. Purists may scoff at the idea of reading books from a small digital screen, yet Mobi Reader takes reading beyond the humble hardcover. All this, and you can carry hundreds around with you wherever you go. Of course, it doesn’t match the Kindle reader or the iPhone’s iBooks, but then what else can you expect on a phone this size? Comes free. There’s even a Mobipocket reader for the desktop.
If you are in a new city and have rented a car, this app for iOS devices comes in handy. We have all had that experience when we park our cars in some unknown garage or remote location and then forget where it is, right? This application will guide you, with turn-by-turn walking directions, back to your car. The compass is great for rural areas so that you do not get lost. Some of the best locations that this can be useful for are airports, stadiums, and shopping malls. Once you load the application, it will pull up a map with your location. The buttons that appear will enable you to lock in your car’s location, zoom in and out, and eventually locate your car. You must be outside for it to actually work. It also has a parking timer so that you can avoid any parking tickets. And it works even when the app is closed. But the best part? It’s free.
Sports freaks love Sports Tracker, and some even claim it is reason enough to get a smartphone. Pray why? Because it turns their phone into a full-on GPS sports computer. Using your smartphone (Nokia, Android or iPhone) with integrated GPS, you can record all kinds of information the next time you go for a run, a ride, or a hike. Speed, time, distance, altitude can all be recorded and uploaded to the Sports Tracker website, where you can also share your workouts with others and keep track of your training progress. Even the less active can get a lot out of Sports Tracker, as a way to track your holiday journeys, and add photos along the way. Sports Tracker makes fun of sweating it out. And you might end up sweating out more than you could have imagined. Comes free.
~Zahid H Javali