Necessary Apps for the Savvy Traveler

iLoungeThere’s never been a better time to be mobile. Smartphones and tablets are thinner, lighter, and more powerful than ever. And whether you have an Apple or an Android device, each new incarnation prompts a flurry of new apps, many optimized to make the most of bigger, brighter and more brilliant screens. This development has certainly made our fingers more useful than ever, so Celebrity Cruises’ own Axess magazine editors handpicked some of their favorites. Use them on your own, or if you’re cruising with us, ask for assistance at our Celebrity iLounge

Adonit Writer Plus

The functional and fashionable Adonit Writer Plus is a detachable Bluetooth keyboard that comes with a protective case. Once you hook it up to your iPad, you may never open up your laptop again.

Flipboard

This social magazine creates channels on every topic under the sun. You can even incorporate your social media feeds, transforming a static list into a dynamic, readable pleasure.

Sphere

Explore user-uploaded 360-degree tours of locations all over the world. Viewed on the iPad, Sphere (formerly Tourwrist), is like entering another dimension, where it feels as if you can step into the scene. Warning: Stepping forward doesn’t actually move the orientation of the app.

Star Walk

Learn which constellations you’re gazing at with this augmented reality app. Its 360-degree touch-control map displays stars, planets, satellites, and galaxies currently overhead from anywhere on Earth, for only $0.99.

Word Lens

This handy app translates printed words from one language to another — no network connection needed. It’s like magic. Each language package costs $4.99, so be sure to download the add-ons before you sail out of your network.

Sincerely Ink

Send beautiful postcards via the old-school postal service right from your iPhone, iPad, or Android. Simply upload a photograph, customize the message, and submit. For $1.99, the Sincerely Ink team prints, stamps and mails your postcard to anywhere in the United Sates.

Digital Plume

Designed for writing and drawing on your tablet, The Jot by Adonit’s ballpoint tip creates ultra-fine lines, making it the most precise stylus ever. An added bonus: Jot-enabled apps. Visit adonit.net for a complete list.

 

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