I’ve been a fan of Mobiata’s FlightTrack Pro for a few years now. It’s my goto flight tracker and since I travel for a living I’m using it almost weekly. When I saw that they released a brand new flight tracker FlightTrack 5, I was more than just a little curious. I wondered was this an upgrade of my Pro version or at least a peek at things to come. FlightTrack 5 is a completely new app, built from the ground up with a slicker more animated user interface. The layout is very clean and it’s optimized as a Universal app for your iPhone or iPad. This App gives you just about everything you could possibly want to know not only about your flight, but also where you’re headed. Sure you get the take off and landing times, but you also get details about the plane itself such as the model and seat maps. Flight delayed? Get alternate flights and you’re one tap away from calling the airline without having to look the number up. It can also automatically sync your flights to your calendar as well as share the flight details with anyone you choose via Messages, Mail Twitter or Facebook.
On the iPad the experience gets even more detailed with Airport Details such as a beautiful weather forecast, and terminal maps. Unless I’m missing them I couldn’t find these extras on the iPhone. The seatmap is powered by SeatGuru and will not only show you a layout of the plane you’re going to be on, but also amenities such as WiFi, power, video entertainment, etc. You can input multiple flights and one of my favorite features is the ability enable auto deletion of flights 24 hours after they’ve arrived.
The Bottom Line
It’s hard not to love this flight tracker. However, there are definitely a few things on my wish list. First and probably the biggest reason I’ll stick with FlightTrack Pro for now is that this version doesn’t have integration with TripIt.com. All my travel plans are automatically sent to TripIt.com from my online booking tool. FlightTrack Pro automatically picks them up and populates all my flights in the app without me having to do any manual entry. I can only guess that there must be some contract negotiation going on here as to why they would omit this key feature from their new app. The other thing I’d like to see since it doesn’t support syncing with TripIt right now is at least the ability to sync manually entered flights with iCloud so that they show up on my iPad AND iPhone no matter which device I input the flights into. Lastly it would nice to send flight info to other FlightTrack 5 users so that they don’t have to manually enter my flight info as well. FlightTrack 5 offers the ability to add other contacts to your flights, why not let me send them the flights so that they can have them in their app as well? Other than those few things, this is a very solid app and I’d easily recommend it to any flyer that isn’t using TripIt.
You can get FlightTrack 5 here .
Most of my friends have iPads now and many of them are new to iOS and the iPad. I thought I would help them out and help you out as well by putting together some of my favorite iPad tips in this video 10 iPad Tips and Tricks:
Recently a friend of mine called me with questions about the new iPhone 5s he just got. It reminded me of the little things that we take for granted about how the iPhone works that may not be so obvious. So I put together this video of 10 of my favorite iPhone Tips and Tricks:
On my tech blog I did a quick post about 3 Connected Devices That Monitor My Health. I figured I might as well cover the 3 Apps That Monitor My Health here.
This app allows you to connect your iOS devices wirelessly to your Nike+ Fuelband. It will give your current stats as well as your progress for the week, month or year. You can add your Nike+ friends to see how you’re doing against them as well. The most recent major update added sessions and you can use it to track your sleep if you want. The app also allows you to easily control the settings of your Fuelband like which wrist you will wear it on so that it can rotate the display to the proper orientation. You can check battery status as well as turn on/off features for the Fuelband display such as calories, steps, Fuel points, etc. This animated app displays your trophies and goals in a motivating manner with all the fanfare of people cheering you on!
Withings Health Mate – Steps Tracker and Health Coach
The Withings Health Mate allows you to log into your Withings account and see your progress and stats from your Withings WiFi Scale, Body Analyzer and Blood Pressure Monitor. This latest version also leverages the iPhone 5s to monitor your steps. It also has a fresh new iOS 7 look and feel.
I saved the best for last. Lose It allows me to monitor my daily calories by simply inputing what I had for each meal. It tracks exercise too. It’s constantly being updated with new restaurants and grocery items so that you can simply pick from the built-in lists to simply the input process. What I like most about this app is that it also has built-in support for your Nike+ Fuelband, Withings connected devices as well as the other most common fitness devices. This means that I can track pretty much everything I want to see at a glance in this one app.
I’ll be the first to say that I don’t really follow or care about my favorite celebrity’s private lives. Sure it’s nice to see candid photos on Instagram, but as far as their relationships, children, family drama goes, I’ve just never really cared that much. However, I know that many of you including some of my friends love to follow your favorite stars. The good folks over Digitales have come out with a new App called “Starcount”. The concept is simple. Just download and install the app. Next you would do a search for each of the stars/celebrities you want to follow. You add them to your “Social Playlist” and now you have a stream of all their tweets, Facebook posts, G+ posts, YouTube and Instagram posts all in one spot. Now you can check one app to keep tabs on your favorite stars and what they’re doing on social media or stories that have been done about them. The next time there is some Beyoncé drama unfolding you won’t have look beyond Starcount to see what’s going on.
P.S. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself “Terry White” in the app.
You can get Starcount here: .