Satnav – TomTom Western Europe
Despite threats from the likes of Google’s free Maps Navigation, TomTom’s polished satnav app leaves the competition in its dust with optional HD traffic and locally stored maps that don’t blank out when there’s no data signal.
Gaming – The Heist
Satnav has done away with the passenger’s role of chief navigator, so you can invest your time on boring motorway journeys pretending you’re in a Mini en route to Italy. The Heist, an instantly addictive safebreaking puzzler, scored five stars in our review
Translation – Google Translate
When your lingo skills give up after asking how to find the closest butcher, it’s time to bust out some Matrix-esque translation skills from Google Translate. Fire up Google Goggles and you can just point it at a menu to convert it into (sort of) English.
Photography – Retro Camera Plus
Virtaul cameras, vintage vignetting and loads of processing and film scratch simulators mean you don’t have to be a photographic genius to get impressive scenery on the trip down Memory Lane.
Video – 8mm Vintage Camera
See how cool your dad’s old cine footage from Benidorm looks? Yes, a bit of retro filtering makes even horrific sixties construction sites look like paradise. Download 8mm Vintage Camera and pack your bags for Felixstowe.
Reading – Kindle
Free (Android, iOS, BlackBerry)
Books are heavy and take up valuable suitcase space. Leave your Amazon Kindle ebook reader at home and pick up exactly where you left off in this smart app. When you get home, your Kindle will miraculously know which page you last drooled on in the back of the car.
Social – Twitepad
Kerouac would have loved Twitter. Tweeting his On The Road exploits as he drove would have gained him millions of followers. But how to keep up with his famously speedy writing? Twitepad makes light work of keeping up with the busiest feeds with thumbnail previews and an in-app browser.
Translation – Word Lens
Another translation app, but Word Lens – for the time being, at least – only does Spanish to English (or vice versa). That doesn’t matter though – it’ll try to match the font and style of whatever you point the camera at so you can read the ‘no parking’ sign the way Madrid council intended.
Video editing – iMovie
Apple’s video editing app hasn’t got a lick on its music creation tool, Garageband (which you should probably pack as well), but as a way of getting your vids topped, tailed, glued and online, it does a better job than most. Read our full review of the app here
Food – Michelin Guide France 2011
Lunch is for wimps at work, but on a road trip it’s sustenance. If you can find it. Live it up with the iPad version of Michelin’s famous guide that’ll steer you towards the nearest gastronomic laboratory at the tap of a virtual button.