SUBWAYblogger’s iPhone App Cheat Sheet

One of the more frequent emails SUBWAYblogger receives has to do with the plethora of subway related iPhone apps.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are more iPhones out on the subway than ever.  All of a sudden, everywhere you look, someone is rocking out on one.  They’re either listening to music, watching a video, playing a game, or all of the above.

So we decided to put together a master list of our favorite iPhone Subway apps.  We’re calling it SUBWAYblogger’s iPhone App Cheat Sheet.

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We’ve tried all of these apps, and like them all.  Only the good ones made the list.  Luckily, many of the developers hooked us up with free demos so we didn’t have to buy all of them.  So the ones that made the cut are here.

The Cheat Sheet is exclusively available via email, and is completely FREE.

You will receive a two part series.  Today, you’ll instantly get our list of favorite subway utility apps.  Then tomorrow, we’ll send you our favorite subway/transit related iPhone games.  In the first issue, you’ll also get a link to a free subway map application.

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Subway iPhone Game

Subway Shuffle iPhone AppHave you played Subway Shuffle for iPhone/iTouch?  It’s pretty damn addictive.

It’s sort of Rubik’s cube like.  Maybe not.  It’s sort of hard to describe, but I will try.

Basically, you have to move your “train” from one end of the puzzle board to the destination.  Along the way, you can only travel on your own line (color).  Meanwhile, there are other trains in front of you that must be moved out of the way for you to pass.

So on each board, it gets more and more tricky.  Eventually, you have to start thinking multiple moves ahead of time.  Read More »

iPhone & iTouch Subway Applications

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of iPhone & iTouch applications for subway riders.  They include NYC subway maps, directions, tips, and MTA information.  They all have their pluses, and are really cheap.

These are apps that you will find yourself using on a pretty regular basis, especially if you spend a lot of time traveling around New York City.

These links will open up iTunes on your computer automatically.  From within iTunes, you can see what the apps look like, and see all their features.

Now when you’re out in the Village on the weekend, you can easily navigate your way back home!

Tube New York is a superb interactive guide to New York’s Subway, Path, Staten Island railway & Air Train services along with an informative central New York street map.

With no need for a Internet connection Tube will display a clear scrollable detailed map of these transport systems uniquely overlaid onto an informative central New York street map.

Tube can calculate the quickest routes for all your journeys on these public transport systems and show a fantastic animated display of your route on the map.

Full details of your routes are provided including line changes, platform directions, direction of travel, number of stops and accurate journey times. The New York subway services change dependent on time of day and the user can select from 6 different schedules (Rush AM, Midday, Rush PM, Evening, Night and Weekend).

When an Internet connection is available “Live Information” on the current state of the transport systems can be viewed (and automatically saved for future reference) allowing you to plan your journeys in advance and avoid any potential delays.

Quick station search and station information such as disabled access and fare zones are just a few taps away.

A wealth of other information on places of interest, hotels & restaurants, museums & galleries, entertainment etc is also provided along with details on the nearest stations and the quickest route to get there.

With the iPhone’s inbuilt GPS system you can find your position on the central New York street map and easily locate the nearest station or place of interest.   A must have for anyone traveling in New York.

$9.99 Tube New York

The Kick Map is designed is to get more people to ride New York City’s subway system. Created with clarity and ease of use, it allows riders to navigate this vast system easily and without uncertainty. The subway map is the key to understanding this most complex subway in the world, which has 26 separate lines and 468 stations.

A well-designed map not only welcomes and empowers novices to use the subway but also encourages additional use for regular “home-to-work-only” commuters to use the subway for recreational destinations where they might otherwise take a car. For this reason the design of the subway map can directly influence ridership numbers and can indirectly have an effect on New York’s traffic congestion and pollution. In short, a better-designed subway map will make our subway system more open and accessible.

$1.99 NYC Subway 24-Hour KickMap

The iPhone game Subway Shuffle is a collection of puzzles set in a subway system. You have boarded a car on the Red Line, and your task is to reach your destination. The problem is, there are other subway cars in your way! Each subway car can move only on its own color line: the red cars on the Red Line, the blue cars on the Blue Line, etc. Can you shuffle the cars from station to station, eventually moving your own car to your exit station?

Subway Shuffle comes with 70 different layouts, of increasing difficulty. The early levels are fairly easy. They help you learn the techniques you will need to solve the later levels — which, though simple looking, are surprisingly challenging.

$2.99 Subway Shuffle

iTrans NYC Subway – Tell us From and To, and we’ll get you there.
Using a sophisticated algorithm, iTrans finds the fastest route between any two stations taking the current schedules into account, then guides you step by step. It even works when you’re offline underground.

Search – Find any station with a few taps.
Search is easy and instantaneous. iTrans shows you the lines that service each station, as well as the borough the station is in (New York City only). Select a station and iTrans scrolls right to it on the map.

Schedules – Tap on a station to see the next trains.
If you tap on a station, the Stop Info Pane shows the next departures for each line. Leave the office at just the right time to catch your train, or see which lines are running right now.

Maps – Beautiful offline high-res maps
Scroll around the interactive system map in stunning high resolution. Pinch or double tap to quickly zoom in or out—graphics are always sharp. It’s by far the best way to view the system map on iPhone.
Maps and Location Integration.

Go to a station in Maps; find nearest stations.
Tap “Show in Google Maps” to go directly to that station in Maps; it’s great for getting from your final stop to the destination. iTrans also has a Location button; it’ll find the nearest stop and scroll to it on the map.

Advisories
Info about delays and service changes.

$4.99 iTrans NYC Subway

CityTransit is a comprehensive guide to traveling through New York City. It includes official subway maps licensed from NYC’s MTA, line data, a GPS-based station finder and live service advisories. An expandable architecture will allow the future download of bus maps, commuter rail lines and more.

-Integrates with the Maps Application to show nearest stations
-Live service advisories from the MTA website

$2.99 CityTransit NYC Subway Guide

NYC Subway Maps – You ride the subway and want to be able to check a map from time to time. Being able to check the MTA website on your iPhone/iPod Touch is great, but if you are already underground with no signal you are out of luck.

Mapped New York’s underground with original illustrations, and many users feel they are easier to ready than the MTA’s own.

$2.99 NYC Subway Maps for iPhone and iPod touch

NYC Subway Maps

We thought it would be useful to put together a list of the best NYC Subway maps available on the Internet and beyond.  If you have any to add to the list, please post a link in the comments, and we’ll add it to the main body of the post.

Since our last post about NYC Subway maps (back in 2006), there’s been a lot of new ones, and some improvements to the old ones.

  • Gypsy Maps – A Google Maps mashup of the subway lines.  Nicely color coded and information about each station.
  • On NY Turf – Similar to Gypsy Maps, but is actually the original Google Map mashup.  Also includes the PATH trains.  Available in many languages because the people that need the maps most are often from outside the US.
  • MTA Trip Planner – The MTA finally got off their butts and put together a route planner.  They also teamed up with Google to get it done.  They also offer a widget for you to put the planner on your own website.
  • Public Routes – A Hop Stop like site that offers routes and maps for transit systems all over the country, including NYC.
  • Hop Stop – One of the more commercialized subway and transit mapping systems on the web.  Put in your location and destination, and Hop Stop gives you the detailed directions of how to get their including subways, buses, and good old walking.
  • iPhone Map – One of a couple iPhone subway maps.  This is one of the better ones, and it is free.
  • iSubway – Another iPhone subway maps.  A bit more simple.  Just an image you can download and save to your phone.
  • DadNab – An SMS based subway direction service.  Text your location and destination to get directions txt to your phone.
  • Trips123 – Subway and transit maps from around the country, including NYC.  Also has up to date information about on going construction and incidents for each subway line.

Do you have one to add to the list? Let us know!

Dear Steve Jobs, please send me an iPhone

You know I’ve made it no secret that SUBWAYblogger wants an iPhone for the express purpose of a better moblogging experience.  Frankly, I’m getting pretty antsy, and I wish Steve Jobs (or anyone at Apple) would just send me one.

Hell, they could be an entitlement sponsor of SUBWAYblogger.  We could be the mobile blogging posterchild.

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I have a Blackberry World right now, and yeah, it is ok.  The blog by email thing is really lame though.  And all the WordPress bells and whistles simply aren’t there.

Plus, being able to pull pictures in right from the iPhone camera into the post would be huuuuge.  Then you could see what I see.

SUBWAYblogger is a super Apple fan too.  We have a Macbook Pro 17″, Macbook, Mac G4, iPod’s galore, iPod Touch, Airport Extreme with Timecapsule and more.

Clearly, I would have bought one myself by now.  However, SUBWAYblogger’s day job does not yet support iPhone for email.  So I did not want to have to float two cell bills, and the cost of two devices if at all possible.

Anyway, I’m having a temper tantrum.  I want one now.  If you work at Apple or AT&T, please email submit [[at]] subwayblogger.com if you would like to offer one of your fine products.  It would be greatly appreciated.