Apps for real travelers

WI-FI FINDER Log on and let the device

Log on and let the device tell you about all the public Wi-Fi spots in your area. Can be downloaded to your phone, making it easy to use free Wi-Fi when you want to download e-mail overseas (you'll save a bundle).
WHAT WORKS The downloadable database is available offline, especially helpful for iPod Touch users. Options include filtering by Venue Type, Free Wi-Fi and Pay Wi-Fi.
WHAT DOESN'T The information doesn't give passwords, so you'll still have to buy a coffee at that Starbucks or ask the librarian for the password. When downloading offline, you have to know the ZIP code because the map is no longer available.
COMPATIBLE WITH iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
COST Free (Credit: Handout)

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The problem with most app reviews is that they're often written by tech geeks who may not know what it's like to be a human. And the problem with the hundred or so travel apps I reviewed is that they're often designed for those same geeks instead of for busy families and professionals who don't have hours to spend with gadgets.
So I sought out unique apps - both free and paid, available at the iTunes store or on the Web - that require the least input and perform the simplest tasks. I also highlighted ones that alert travelers to things like when the sun sets, where to find clean bathrooms and, of course, how to shake hands with the opposite sex in Azerbaijan. -- Adam H. Graham

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