Best New Travel Apps for Kindle Fire and the Nook

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Kindle Fire 7-inch model

Apple products receive lots of free publicity, but other tablet devices are popular, too—especially among budget-minded travelers. Since September, Amazon has shipped more than 4.7 million Kindle Fires, the tablet devices that costs half the price ($199) of the cheapest iPad. Rival bookstore Barnes & Noble also sold a record number of its Nook Tablets, according to a study by market research firm IDC.

What are the best travel apps that have debuted since September on the Kindle Fire and the Nook? Here are some picks:


Kayak Mobile

Debuting last week, Kayak’s app-version of its metasearch website for flights, hotels, and car rentals is powerful, fast, and easy-to-understand. In a nice perk, the app includes airport maps that identify key features, such as ATMs and restaurants. free; Amazon


No more need for a folder stuffed with printouts of hotel reservations, flight boarding passes, and other itinerary information. Now you can store all your info on this app, which relies on the booking receipts you forward to it via e-mail. free, ad-free version recently on sale for $2; Amazon

UpNext HD Maps

A nice alternative to Google Maps, this tool takes advantage of the interactive touch surface of the Kindle Fire to let you click and see details on a street map of your location, revealing major shops and nightlife spots. Maps appear beautifully on the Kindle Tablet’s seven-inch screen. free; Amazon


Priceline Negotiator

Hands down the best app for booking hotels on a Nook. It lets you use Priceline’s blind-bidding service or its standard retail rate booking engine, where you know exactly what you're getting.. The app’s especially good for making last minute hotel bookings, with reservations possible until 11 p.m. ET on the night of your stay. free; Barnes & Noble

Flight Tracker

Track your flight with this app, which will keep an eye on essential info, like delays and gate changes. The app also can help a traveler find an alternate flight in the event you face a cancellation or delay. $0.99; Barnes & Noble

The Emergency App

Be prepared for any snafu that might pop up by keeping all of your relevant emergency numbers and medication information listed in a single spot. Comes with advice on how to prepare a first-aid kit for various situations. recently on sale for $1, normally $3; Barnes & Noble


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