Here is the list of 20 iPhone apps I'll be using during my trip to New York, along with links to their BlackBerry and Android equivalents (when they were available). Enjoy!
- ShakeItPhoto ($0.99)
Before the trip even starts, get ShakeItPhoto. It's my go-to app for taking photos that I know will come out in most kinds of light. It will save you time spent fiddling with cameras when you'd rather be immersed in the moment.
- Kindle (free)
If you've been to previous BlogHer conferences, you'll know that you want to travel light going in. You end up picking up a lot stuff throughout the conference that will more than fill your suitcase for your trip home, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to pack books or magazines. This Kindle app will help you lighten your load and your carry-on. (see also: BlackBerry, Android)
- Shake and Spell (free)
I have been addicted to Shake and Spell for months. When I can't sleep or I'm feeling anxious, this is my go-to game to keep me occupied and/or distracted. I'm not a fan of airports, so I think I'll be playing a lot of this game. (see also: BlackBerry)
- Waken Shake (free)
Why pack an alarm clock or worry if your hotel wake up call is going to come through when your iPhone can double as an alarm clock?
- The Weather Channel (free)
A couple of years ago, I found myself chronically underdressed in a chilly San Francisco, and I have a feeling that I might find myself chronically overdressed in what I'm told will be a very hot New York, so I'm using this app to remind me to leave the long sleeves in my suitcase. (see also: BlackBerry, Android)
- NYC Way (free)
NYC Way is one app that is more like sixteen. When you load the app, sixteen icons show up that direct you to dining, nightlife, events, coffee, street eats, restrooms, beauty and spa, etc. There's even one for traffic cameras. I'm sold! (see also: Android)
- Time Out New York (free)
If you plan on doing some sightseeing or eating away from the hotel but don't know your way around the city, you can search by location, events, and food and drink, and there are reviews and Critic's Picks to help you figure out what you want to do. Easy-to-use maps will help to make sure that you actually get to where you want to go.
- New York 2Go ($0.99)
This is the perfect app for the tourist who wants to read up on all of New York's famous landmarks, geography, history, and people. There are over 900 articles filled with historical data, facts, and trivia, and there is also a fully zoomable map of the entire city.
- CityTransit (2.99)
If you plan on braving New York's subway system, CityTransit will help get you from point A to point B with its official maps licensed from NYC's MTA, line data, a GPS-based station finder, and live service advisories.
- Wi-Fi Finder (free)
Wi-Fi Finder will find you both free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in over 140 countries, so it should help you make do in New York. (see also: Android)
- foursquare (free)
This is a social city guide that helps you find nearby places, lets you broadcast where you are, and "rewards you for doing interesting things". It will also help others to find you where you are, which is useful during the rapidfire chaos of large conference. (see also: BlackBerry, Android)
- Urbanspoon (free)
This is an app I use all the time even while in my home city. If you can't decide where to go or if you want to know what restaurants are near you that fall within your budget and food craving, Urbanspoon will find you the right place to go complete with ratings, reviews, relative affordability, restaurant descriptions, and addresses and telephone numbers. (see also: BlackBerry, Android)
- CheckPlease (free)
After you and your friends have had your fill, let this tip calculator help you figure out who owes how much and what the tip should be. (see also: Android)
- Coovents (free)
Find a local happy hour and avoid sky-high drink prices? Yes, please!
- SitOrSquat: Bathroom Finder (free)
You might laugh at this one, but if you are pregnant or have a baby with you or are squeamish about using public facilities, this app could save you a lot of anxiety. (see also: BlackBerry, Android)
- Bump (free)
With Bump, you can share your chosen contact information with another conference-goer simply by bumping your phones together. It's one of the easiest ways to exchange your information and have it automatically saved in your phone's contacts. (see also: Android)
- Mover (free)
I am a fan of this app. It allows you to move stuff between iPhones with a flick of the finger, which makes sharing photos and contacts fast and easy.
- White Noise ($1.99)
There is little time to sleep at the conference, so you want to get as much sleep as you can in what time you do have. If outside city noises are liable to keep you awake, White Noise's library of looping sounds such as waves on the beach, crickets, and rainfall might help you to fall asleep. (see also: BlackBerry, Android)
- NYTimes (free)
Since you're in New York, why not read the New York Times? (see also: BlackBerry, Android)
- BlogHer (free)
You're at BlogHer! It only makes sense to have the app!
Are there any apps that you would add to this list? Are there any Blackberry and/or Android equivalents that I missed?