I recently took an extended trip to Jordan and to Turkey. I was in a quandry as to whether or not I should take my netbook or laptop with me. I made the decision, since I had just upgraded my phone to the iphone 4, to not bother schlepping the laptop and proceeded to download phone apps that I could potentially need and that could replace the functions on my netbook.
I started with the Skype app. I had initiate an account with $10.00 that would automatically refund itself if it ran out of money. Using Skype, the international costs were 2.3 cents per minute versus At&T international rate of 2.59 dollars per minute. Big difference! I will admit I was a skeptic, however, I used the app to call home every day while I was overseas and talked to friend for an hour while in Turkey for basically under $1.50! The key was that you must have a good strong WIFI connection with the iphone to make this work.
I needed an app for currency calculations. OANDA currency converter app was wonderful, so I was able to leave my travel calculator at home. Bargaining in the markets was a snap, because I could instantly see the exchange rates. The app also allows you to choose an option of the 2% credit card additional fees if you choose to use a credit card for your purchase.
My American Express and Banking app allowed me to check accounts and deal with financial transactions. My traveling companion needed to pay her mortgage on Wells Fargo, which we did through Safari (attention Wells Fargo you need an app).
At home, I use Gotomypc.com to access my home computer remotely – they do not have an app for the iphone, so I purchased an app called LOGMEIN IGNITION, (you also need to setup an account via their website to enable your computer). I was able to literally see my desktop from my phone remotely! There are special navigational commands to work on the phone, but if you need to get to your machine for any reason, you can. It is the most expensive app that I bought but well worth it $29.99
I bought an app called FlightTrack Pro, but it really didn’t work well for me, I thought it would provide me gates, but the updates were slow.
The GeniusScan or JotNot Pro apps allow you to take a photo of a document or whatever and send it as an attachment, so if all you have is a hard copy of a document and you are not near a fax machine, this will work to email someone on the fly.
iTranslate app will allow you to put in basic terms and get the translation – so you could show it to whomever you are trying to communicate with!
The QuickOffice app allows you to open and edit Microsoft Office Documents, although there is a cost for it $9.99 as of this posting)