Android apps for the road warrior

by Kristen Nicole

Like a scene out of Big Fish, there's nothing better than being a business traveler on the open road. You meet new people, discover new places, and get to incorporate your sense of adventure into your job. Your Android can be your trustiest road companion, letting you enjoy the best of work and play.

Navigation and search

Google Maps is a go-to app, with spoken navigation, local business search, weather and traffic reports and saved map-marking tools. Never get lost with this free Android app, which is continually updated to include more search features and layers. One of the more recent is location-sharing, so you can effortlessly pinpoint the correct Starbucks location for your meeting.

Aloqa is one of the speediest location search tools on the Android market, with easy-to-navigate categories to get you the type of venue you need. From specifics, like hotels and ATMs, or genres, like entertainment or fast food, this free Android app has it all. View search results on a 3D map to help orient yourself based on your exact location.

The Weather Channel is a robust tool, giving you the weather expectations for any location, far into the future. Plan your trip accordingly, and don't get caught unprepared in inclement weather. Know when an extra night at the hotel is needed with storm trackers, and receive alerts for necessary weather updates.

Businessmen often like boutique hotels because of their attentive and unique accommodations. StayHIP brings you a niche search app, just for the coolest of these hotels. Get the details you need, including photos and amenities, with in-app booking. The free Android app also lets you share your findings with email, Twitter and Facebook.

Utility

Google Voice centralizes much of your correspondence, replicating it across email, texts and your phone. Have calls directed to any number, including your hotel or mobile. View missed calls and voicemail transcriptions via SMS or email, and reply using any of the above. Even better, a recent update to the free app makes your transcripts searchable.

Cashbook Expense Tracker is a must-have for business travelers, as it follows your mileage, receipts, bookkeeping and more. For $4.99, this indispensable tool manages your income and expenses, so you know where your finances stand at all times. Reports are automatically created and organized, so you can export them easily for your records.

There's nothing worse than your phone going on the fritz when you're away from home. Sprite Backup 2.2 stores the contents of your SD card, with options to sync with Box.net and Dropbox. You can schedule backups, and select what file types you want synced. This Android app costs $4.95, and Sprite has an entire family of apps for remote-wiping and locating lost phones.

All about the business

Trip Master Pro is an inclusive app with trip management tools. Great if you're always on the go, this Android app lets you create trips based on saved contacts, and lets you save trips for future access. Track your mileage, view reports, and export them for your boss's records. The pro version costs $3.99.

Once you arrive at your destination, there's still business to be done. MightyMeeting keeps your PowerPoint and Keynote presentations accessible on your Android. If necessary, plug your phone to the computer or projector and run the presentation. This free app lets you start and join online meetings, as well as send presentations.