Summer Fun: Your guide to smartphone apps and electronic gadgets for the summer in Miami

 

Stay connected this summer

Smartphone Apps

By Brittny C. Valdes

The List: Must-Have Apps
1. AllSubway
Summer vacation entails travels. Be equipped to explore a new city with this premiere app for maps of the world’s busiest hubs. AllSubway provides detailed descriptions of subway routes for over 200 cities across six continents. Users can plan their routes and avoid getting lost, even without Internet connection. (99 cents; available on iOS and Android)

2. Burnthis
Planning a workout ahead of time is a thing of the past. Burnthis plugs its users into a network of studios and gyms near a desired location, so users can book a class right from the app while on the go. It provides detailed information on available classes and instructors. Users can also see what classes their friends are taking. Create a profile and connect with others who share similar fitness interests. (Free; available only on iOS)

3. Locavore
Locavore is a seasonal, local food network. Users can learn what produce is in season, find the location of the nearest farmers markets and search creative recipes for the products they buy. Users can also learn about the food they’re buying and who is producing it. (Free; available on iOS and Android)

4. Snapguide
Looking to get creative this summer? From cookout recipes to nifty home decor projects to technology and life hacks, Snapguide is a one-stop shop for thousands of how-to guides created and shared by its users. The streamlined, simple interface makes it easy to get creative while on the go. (Free; available on iOS and Android)

5. Weather Live Reloaded
Deemed one of the most beautiful weather apps for iOS devices, Weather Live provides to-the-minute updates and extended forecasts with a crisp design that reflects real-time weather conditions. Customize the screens to provide details relevant to your outdoor summer adventures, and see what weather is heading your way with its satellite imaging and animated radar maps. ($1.99; available only on iOS)


Gear 2 by Samsung
Released in April, the Gear 2 is a stylish take on the wearable technology trend. Unlike Samsung’s first smartwatch (the Galaxy Gear), the Gear 2 uses a Tizen operating system instead of Android. In addition to apps, text messages, camera uses and a music player, the smartwatch comes complete with a fitness manager to monitor heart rate during workouts, and it acts as a remote control for the user’s TV and set-top boxes. ($299.99)
Website: samsung.com/global/microsite/gear/gear2_features.html


Instax Printer by Fujifilm
Consider this the modern man’s Polaroid. The Instax Printer is a wireless device that brings edited and filtered photos to life. Users can print photos from Instagram, Facebook or a smart phone’s camera roll. Battery-powered and controlled by Instax Share (a free smart phone app), it prints pocket-size photos in less than a minute. This is a great way to share summer memories instead of storing and forgetting them online forever.
($199 on Amazon; film sold separately.)
Website: photojojo.com


Heart Rate Monitor Earphone by LG
As the world becomes more health conscious, gadgets to aid in smarter workouts are coming into demand. The LG Heart Rate Monitor Earphone (to be released sometime this summer) is a new and comfortable device for users to track their metabolic rate and oxygen consumption while listening to the rich, hi-fi sound of their favorite music. The ear buds measure signals from the inner ear and connect to a lightweight medallion, where the biometric data is processed and sent straight to the users smartphone. (A price has not yet been released.)
Website: lg.com/us/fitness-activity-trackers

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