Dining and travel
Whether you're still planning your trip or already abroad, these downloads are must-haves. And if you're into discovering new places to eat, pay special attention.
When you're out and about, and on the lookout for businesses (especially restaurants), Yelp for Android might be your best friend. It pulls up user reviews, location info, photos, and so much more. The app also lets you place calls, navigate, check in, and even post your own reviews, if you'd like. It's so powerful because its database is so enormous. In fact, it can be difficult to find a business that isn't covered by Yelp, especially in major metropolitan cities. We also love that Yelp lets you search based on proximity to your current location, and the nifty augmented reality feature, Monocle, is also quite awesome.Read full review
TripAdvisor is the comprehensive companion app to the popular travel Web site of the same name. It's a great resource for discovering hotels, restaurants, and things to do in destinations all around the world. It even lets you read reviews, talk in forums, and look through tons of photos shot by other travelers. If you're planning a trip, this app is a great way to get all the inside info on potential destinations.Read full review
Think of Kayak as a digital travel agent that searches through hundreds of different travel sites to help you book your trip. It searches through popular sites, such as Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz, all at the same time, and gives you current rates and itineraries that can all be booked in just a few clicks. In addition, Kayak offers convenient travel tools like a packing list, currency converter, and airport information, all accessible right from the main dashboard.Read full review
Google Translate for Android is a simple, versatile tool that supports more than 50 languages, offers an SMS translator, and speaks some of your translations aloud. To use it, just select your input and output languages, then type in your text. You can also set the app to automatically detect your input language for even faster results. While the app doesn't offer any offline support, it does keep track of translation history and has a nifty SMS translation feature that should come in handy.Read full review