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5 apps worth downloading this bank holiday weekend

Since you’re going to be out and about, you may as well have a few apps to help you.

Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

SO YOU HAVE three days ahead of you, you don’t have to worry about work and you have plans ahead of you.

If you’re not that organised, don’t worry as there are a vast number of apps that can help you get through the weekend. Here are some apps that can get you off on the right foot.

For planning your journey and getting around
Google Maps
For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

It’s very obvious but considering how comprehensive it is, it’s hard to pick out anything else that matches Google’s own app. Traffic details, directions for routes in multiple types of transport, and even including public transport times, it’s a no-brainer.

Also worth considering: Journey Planner (iOSAndroid and Windows Phone), Hailo (iOS and  Android), Windows Maps (Windows Phone)

Source: Google Maps/YouTube

For picking out good places to eat/drink
Foursquare
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Cost: Free

If you’re in a new place this weekend, chances are you don’t really know what’s out there. Foursquare has been around for quite a while but even if it doesn’t have the same popularity it once had years ago, it’s still very useful if you’re looking for a place to eat or somewhere to drink.

Also worth considering: wtfsigfd.com (web)

To prevent you from getting sunburned
Wolfram Sun Exposure
For: iOS
Cost: €0.99

Whenever there’s hot weather, sunburn quickly follows. Thankfully, there are a number of apps out there that will tell you just how prepared you should be.

Wolfram’s offering is probably one of the nerdiest, but it’s packed with incredibly useful information that you can use like telling you how long it’ll take before you’ll get sunburned.

Also worth considering: Ultraviolet (iOS), Dermosil Care Guide (iOS, Android), UV Index Tan Meter (Android), AccuWeather (iOS, Android)

Z Source: Wolfram Sun Exposure/App Store

To keep you a step ahead of hay fever
Hay Fever Relief
For: iOS
Cost: Free

Pollen levels is usually a tough thing to deal and to be honest, apps addressing it are thin on the ground. The closest one to dealing with the problem is Hay Fever Relief which offers tips on how best to cope, and offers access to pollen count levels (via an external site).

Also worth considering: MeteoVista (web), Met Eireann (iOS, Androidweb)

2Q== Source: Hey Fever Relief/App Store

For listening to music offline 
Phonograph Music Player
For: Android
Cost: Free

If you have a music collection but you know you’re not going to be in areas with 3G/4G coverage, it’s good to have an offline music player.

Phonograph is easily one of the most stylish music apps out there, following Google’s material design, and its simplistic interface means you’re not stuck navigating menus.

Also worth considering: BlackPlayer Music Player (Android) Spotify (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), Apple Music (iOS, Android), Google Play Music (iOS, Android)

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Quinton O'Reilly

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