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Plan your World Cup

These iPad applications are ideal for cricket buffs scheduling a trip to watch their favourite matches across the country.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2011 15:12 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani

There’s no better time than now to delve into the world of applications on your new iPad. If you’re a cricket enthusiast and don’t mind travelling halfway across the country to watch your favourite match live, this bunch of apps promises to help you get things in order — whether it’s figuring out the match of your choice, zoning in on a reputed hotel or even booking your flights to and fro.

The most essential application for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch is ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. You can even download it directly onto your iPad with 3G using your carrier’s data connection since the file size is small. You get access to live updates, exclusive videos, scores and standings and pretty much anything else related to the event.

Booking hotels
Hotelpal presents accommodation across the globe in a neatly-packaged format. When you search for a night’s stay in the city of your choice, the app pinpoints to hotels on a map, zooming in on the area of focus. You can sort hotels by rating, pricing or their distance from your current location. The best application for booking flights has to be Kayak. Besides selecting options down to the minutest details, the iPad version also packs in a feature called Explore.

This plants you on the world map and then displays flights along with their pricing to every other city on the globe. Quite convenient if you’re planning a trip and don’t know where to go. As an extra, you can also book hotels and rent cars with this app. In addition to booking flights and hotels, Trip Advisor has more tricks up its sleeve. For instance, you can search for restaurants in an area of your choice. Then there’s a Near Me Now feature that uses GPS information on your 3G iPad to find activities around you that are worth checking out. Finally, with the Virtual Tour feature, point the iPad in any direction and Trip Advisor will tell you where you’re looking and what’s of interest there.

Road navigation
The iPad with 3G also doubles a proper GPS device. The Mobile Maps India software will set you back by $49 (approximately Rs. 2,200) but you won’t regret it if you’re planning a road trip across India. There are detailed maps available for over 400 cities, turn-by-turn navigation and thousands of points of interest like monuments, restaurants and so on.

Hotelpal for the iPad is perfect for zoning in on a night’s stay. Kayak HD is the best application on the Apple App Store for booking flights and renting cars.