Posted in Tech on January 13, 2010
If you are living in Buenos Aires for an extended period of time and have unlocked your iPhone or are just here for a couple weeks and have your iPhone from back home, there are some great Apps to download that will make your life here a lot easier.
Below is a comprehensive guide of 10 of the best iPhone apps that are geared toward Buenos Aires in no specific order.
1. Buenos Aires Offline Street Map
The Buenos Aires Offline Street Map is a must for anyone who has had the urge to use Google Maps on their iPhone and cringed at the fact that it drain’s your phone credit. The Offline Street Map is just what it says, offline. The map is built in to the app and requires no connection.
iTunes Store Link
2. Buenos Aires Subway Lite
Buenos Aires Subway Lite is the only app you will need to navigate the Subways of Buenos Aires. There are other Subway apps that cost money while this app is free and provides the same amount of information.
3. Buenos Aires Lonely Planet Guide
Some will love this app and others will not find its worth the price. It is basically a lonely planet guide condensed into an iPhone with some interactive features. I like how it’s map provides the location of many stores, restaurants and clubs. I also find it as useful reading material while I am on the Subway. But it’s steep price at $15.99 may not be worth it for some. Everything you find in here can be found in any print version you have. But if you find yourself wanting some reading material while on public transportation or in a taxi, the Buenos Aires Lonely Planet Guide provides you with many different articles about Buenos Aires history, culture, economics, etc. It also does not require a connection.
4. Spanish-English Translation Dictionary
This is another app with a steep price at 19.99 but I would say it is worth every penny. I can’t count how many times this app has come in handy. To justify the price, I would say you are going to spend at least 10 dollars on a print dictionary and maybe even more than 20 dollars on an electronic dictionary. With this, you have it built-in to your cell phone and it doesn’t require a connection. On top of a comprehensive dictionary, it also provides an incredible verb conjugation feature. Type in any Spanish verb you want and it will provide a list of the conjugations in whatever verb tense you want. It also has a feature where you can enter in numbers and it will give you the Spanish translation.
iTunes Store Link
5. Noticias Argentina
If you are looking to practice your Spanish and also catch up on the daily news of Argentina, Noticias Argentina is a great app. It provides a list of all the major newspapers in Argentina with links to different articles.
Note: Requires connection
Truco is the most popular card game played in Argentina and this is the iPhone version of it. Download this app and practice. Then go and beat all your Porteño friends at their own game.
7. Basic Spanish for Dummies
On top of having a Spanish-English Dictionary/Translator, it is good to also have an app that has flashcards, words & phrases, video tutorials and audio examples. There are a lot of foreign language learning apps, but I find Basic Spanish for Dummies provides a lot useful features in a well designed interface for a cheap price.
8. Travelbrief Buenos Aires Guide
There is not much here that you won’t find in your Lonely Planet guide, but the Travelbrief city guide presents information as a luxury magazine, giving you the inside on the best places to Eat, Drink, Shop, Stay and Play in the city. It is also Free.
9. Tenedor Libre
Tenedor Libre is a Buenos Aires restaurant guide with access to more than 2,000 reviews and ratings of selected Restaurants across the city. It features GPS for finding locations nearby, recommendations from a digital concierge, listings by neighborhood & cuisine and much more. It is also all in Spanish giving you another opportunity to practice!
10. Currency Converter Pro
Before buying some new stylish clothes in Palermo Soho, check out how much it is going to cost in your own currency first. Currency Converter Pro provides you with a quick way to convert Pesos to your own currency and keeps you updated on what the exchange rate is.
iTunes Store Link
Have you used any other iPhone apps that have helped you out while living in Buenos Aires? Please feel free to let us know and write a comment below!