The Gadling hotel month may be slowly coming to an end, but we are always on the lookout for new and interesting applications to help make traveling a little easier. HotelPal is such an application.
Imagine pulling up your current GPS location on your iPhone, and getting a list of all hotels in your area. The application can list the distance to you, current rates, photos and even availability.
Once you find a good looking hotel, you can go ahead and make a reservation, all from the comfort of your device.
You’ll be able to download HotelPal in the App store later this week. Best of all, the app will be free of charge! If you leave your email address on their site, they’ll drop you a note when the application is ready to download.
The developers behind HotelPal have made quite a name for themselves with their other applications – FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro. FlightTrack is currently the number one travel application in the App store, so HotelPal has quite a reputation to live up to.
Today’s daily gear deal passed through Gadling a month ago, but recently dropped to the silly low price of just $7.
The Energizer Energi to Go Battery charger is compatible with the iPhone (1st gen and 3g), the 4th gen iPod nano and the 1st and 2nd gen iPod touch.
The device is the epitome of simplicity – you pop 2 AA batteries in it (included), plug your iPhone or iPod into the dock, and let it charge.
2 Energizer Lithium batteries should be able to provide 3 full charges for an iPod nano, 2 full charges for the iPod Touch and one full charge for an iPhone.
The product weighs less than 2 ounces, and the dock connector folds into the unit, making it perfect for carrying in your bag for that not so unlikely event that your iPhone or iPod is drained by the time you get home.
This product normally retails for as much as $40, but Buy.com is trying to get rid of them for just $7! That nice low price even includes free shipping, so you can’t really afford not to pick one up.
Today’s daily deal is for the Energizer Energi To Go portable power pack for the iPod and iPhone.
This battery powered dock can deliver up to 2 full charges for your device, depending on the model.
A fully charged set of batteries will bring your iPod or iPhone back to 100% in 2-3 hours.
Included with the device are 2 lithium batteries, any kind of battery will work, but these lithium batteries provide the most power.
The Energi To Go charger normally retails for about $30, but is currently on sale at buy.com for just $9.99, with free shipping!
The Scosche RevieLITE is the kind of gadget that always manages to get my attention – it takes a really basic feature, and adds something “cool”.
In this product, Scosche combined an iPod/iPhone charger with a nightlight into a slick portable device.
The unit features a set of folding prongs on the rear, and a folding iPod charger on the side. On the front is an LED with a light sensor and a power switch for the nightlight.
It’s about as simple as can be – plug the unit into the wall, plug your iPod in, and let it charge. When you arrive back at your hotel room and you are too drunk to find the light switch, the reviveLITE will show the way to your bed – provided you were able to find a suitable outlet.
Of course – even the simplest of products often have one major flaw, and in the case of the reviveLITE, it is the lack of rotating prongs. Everything is fine and dandy if you use it with a vertially placed outlet, but a horizontal outlet will mean your iPod hangs on its side. Not a massive inconvenience, but still pretty annoying.
The Scosche reviveLITE retails for $39.99, but is available from retailers like Amazon for under about $10 less, which is not too bad for a quality iPod charger. The charger weighs just 2.7oz, which is lighter than most iPod chargers, especially since those usually require a separate cable in your bag.
The iPhone is quickly turning into the most popular mobile phone on the market. The device has shown it is quite capable as a gaming console, as well as a platform for some pretty awesome travel applications.
One of the newest travel apps that seems to be catching a lot of attention is HearPlanet.
This application turns your iPhone into a location based talking tour guide. Based upon your location, you’ll see Wikipedia content for stuff around you, and you’ll be able to let the program read the information aloud for you.
So, next time you are standing next to the Golden Gate Bridge, or one of the thousands of other landmarks present in Wikipedia, you’ll be able to sit back and relax while your iPhone entertains you with useless trivia and other interesting facts.
HearPlanet is currently free in the Apple App Store (this week only), and will work on the iPhone 3G as well as the previous generation iPhone. Of course, only the most recent iPhone comes with GPS, so the previous generation will only be able to make a rough estimate of your current location.