Whether it's London, Manchester or Newcastle, If you're finding the urban city landscape a daunting one then fear not. Here at T3 we sympathize and have decided to put together an essential list of urban apps that will help you find the best places to eat, get from A to B and even see what movies are on at your local cinema. So panic not, click away and feel those city blues just disappear.
Need more apps? You can head to the T3 App Chart to read about the latest iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry apps.
The nightmares of parking in any major city aren't exactly rare. Between permit zones and confusing payment methods, it's difficult to find a spot even remotely close to your destination to stick the car. Luckily though, the AA Parking app features comprehensive coverage of all paid and free car parks up and down Britain with guides to the free and cheapest places. A search function also helps to guide you right to your spot.
Platform: iPhone I Price: £1.99 i Download AA Parking iPhone app
Barcode Scanner runs on Android and Redlaser on the iPhone, but aside from that differences there are almost no differences in these two brilliant apps. Both allow you to scan any barcode or QR code to open a web browser. If you scanned a product, the app will provide information, reviews and prices for it. If you scan a QR code, you'll be redirected to a website or an app in the Android Market.
CashFinder claims to cover 99% of all UK cash machines, so you know that you'll find a place to withdraw money when using the app. It will provide you with the 30 closest spots as well as walking instructions and the potential fees charged.
Platform: iPhone I Price: £1.79 I Download CashFinder iPhone app
Got a thing for traffic cameras? You will after you get this motorway and A-road junction spyware. The augmented reality app uses your phone's camera to identify the snappers which covers major roads across England and Scotland. It’s like a live stream of Britain’s Craziest Drivers.
ICE: In Case of Emergency
Though no-one wants to think about something going wrong in their life, there may be a time where you're unable to speak for yourself after an accident or injury. The primary job it does is keeping two emergency contacts on your phone screen even when it's locked. Additionally, you can add medical conditions or allergies to inform paramedics. A potentially life-saving app.
Platform: Android, Blackberry, iPhone | Price: £2.99 (Android), £0.69 (iPhone), Free (BlackBerry), Free (Windows Phone 7) I Download ICE: In Case of Emergency Android app I Download ICE: In Case of Emergency iPhone app I Download ICE: In Case of Emergency BlackBerry app I Download ICE: In Case of Emergency Windows Phone 7 app
One of the pack-leaders in augmented reality, Layar coats your world in all the information it houses. By pointing your camera around you, the app will bring up all sorts of details, ranging from phone numbers to history and reviews. Layar is ideal for exploring a new city or getting to know an old one better.
England's capital might not be as notorious as Beijing for air pollution, but for discerning individuals, London Air is the app you need to keep on top of air quality in the city. Designed by the folks at King's College London, push notifications and GPS locations via Google Maps will keep you away from the grime and your lungs smog free.
Platform: iPhone I Price: Free I Download London Air iPhone app