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#176239 - 07/13/09 03:51 PM What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found?
Blast Offline
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Have those of you with one found any apps which would be useful before/during/after an emergency?

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#176252 - 07/13/09 04:56 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: Blast]
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There's the Accuweather temperature thing. Could be useful in an emergency, but emits dangerous levels of boredom in peace time.
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#176254 - 07/13/09 05:03 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: Blast]
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I have a free first aid book, several e-book readers with about 60 books, skype, several weather apps, and streaming public and emergency radio apps. The emergency radio app is like having a mini-scanner in the palm of your hand.

Got most of them free through the iPhone app store.


Edited by el_diabl0 (07/13/09 05:03 PM)
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#176258 - 07/13/09 05:10 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: Blast]
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The newest iPhone has a magnetic compass built in. It is not available in the first two because there is no magnetometer (i think thats it) within the unit.

I tested one this weekend, and had no complaints. (except I have the wrong iPhone)

All the other compass apps. require motion over the ground to use them and aren't really that great.

Weather.com and i.wund.com (Wunderground.com) are both apps. I use extensively to avoid getting blown away in storms when away from home.
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#176261 - 07/13/09 05:26 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: Desperado]
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I use my dingleberry to track the weather radar on the commute, that way I know if I have to pick a different train station because mine flooded (sigh, sounding like a broken record now).

This weekend I monitored the cells between Colorado Springs and South Denver on the way home, and was able to find a path between them without getting hammered. Now if I could just find a decent real time traffic channel that my dingleberry would keep up with, I'd be a happy boy.
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#176269 - 07/13/09 06:00 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: ]
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Aside from the Maps application, the only iPhone app I have that I think might be useful in an emergency is a free app called "GPS Ally" which simply shows your current location and allows you to email it easily (it emails it as a Google map link, using the current latitude & longitude). I figure if you ever get stuck somewhere, you can at least let someone know where you are (a SPOT-ish feature, I guess).

Of course, one other thing I've thought about is looking into some sort of backup power solution for the iPhone, otherwise it may only be useful for a short while if something ever did happen.
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#176274 - 07/13/09 06:12 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: el_diabl0]
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Quote:
streaming public and emergency radio apps. The emergency radio app is like having a mini-scanner in the palm of your hand.


Now that sounds awesome. More info (name, available cities, etc)?

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#176275 - 07/13/09 06:28 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: Denis]
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Originally Posted By: Denis
Aside from the Maps application, the only iPhone app I have that I think might be useful in an emergency is a free app called "GPS Ally" which simply shows your current location and allows you to email it easily (it emails it as a Google map link, using the current latitude & longitude). I figure if you ever get stuck somewhere, you can at least let someone know where you are (a SPOT-ish feature, I guess).

Of course, one other thing I've thought about is looking into some sort of backup power solution for the iPhone, otherwise it may only be useful for a short while if something ever did happen.


While not perfect, I use this.
incase power slider
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#176292 - 07/13/09 08:24 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: Desperado]
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I'm a recent convert to a smart phone for personal use. (BlackBerry in my case.) I haven't run into many particularly fantastic applications yet but I have noticed that some web sites are FAR more smart phone friendly than others. Would it be too much of a hijack to ask folks to list mobile friendly web sites too?

The National Weather Service has a great mobile site with (relatively) high res radar loops and the like.

For web sites that aren't specifically designed for mobiles I find "Bolt" browser to be a great asset. Between the BBrowser and Bolt I feel that I have things covered pretty well.

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#176296 - 07/13/09 09:04 PM Re: What iPhone/Smartphone apps have you found? [Re: 7point82]
aloha Offline
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 1047
Loc: Hawaii, USA
I find the following useful in your context.

The camera is pretty good and can be used to document things.

There's a gas app that gives you locations and prices of gas stations.

The built in maps app is very good.

As is Accuweather.

I also downloaded a knots book and a pain free book that shows various PT exercises for things that might ail you.

All that and the ability to call, email and text...assuming there is service.
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