We can all agree the cell phone is here to stay, for better or worse. No longer just a tool for making the occassional call, today's phones are pocket-sized mini computers with big capabilities. The Overland Journal team put our heads together to create a short list of our favorite phone applications for overlanding. The prefered device amongst the team is the iPhone, which heavily influenced this short list, but these apps have similar products offered for other devices.
Topo Maps $7.99 iPhone
View USGS 1:24,000 topographical maps in the palm of your hand. Download up to 69,000 individual maps all tiled together for seemless viewing. Manage waypoints, measure distances, search for landmarks, and much more with this full featured app by Phil Endecot. This is the one application used by nearly all of the Overland Journal team.
Coffee Spot Pro $1.99 iPhone
Publisher Scott Brady has coffee locating skills second to none. He may not need a fancy app to deliver him to his next mocha, but for the rest of us, this clever app may greatly improve our mornings on the go. Just enter your current location and Coffee Spot Pro serves up a list of coffee shops nearest you.
Pocket Universe $2.99 iPhone
Unless you travel with Galileo and Copernicus, this app is the perfect companion for enjoying the night sky. Taking the star chart to the next level, the Pocket Universe app allows you to simply hold your phone to the night sky and it labels the viewable stars, planets and constelations just beyond your phone. This award winning app is a team favorite.
Sunrise Sunset $.99 iPhone
This useful app is a photographer's best friend when planning for that golden hour of light that makes images really pop. It's also helpful when planning your early morning departure, or late evening camp.
Currency Exchange Pro $1.99 iPhone
Keep track of your travel budget with this easy to use app from Paolo Grifantini. This award winning app tracks current exchange rates for 220 currencies. Fast, easy to use, and always up to date, this is a great app for any overlander crossing borders.
If you have a favorite phone app, we'd like to hear about it. Post your favorite overlanding phone app