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The 23 top Apple Watch apps you should get

Michael deAgonia | April 27, 2015
After a long wait since its introduction last fall -- including eight months and two events -- the Apple Watch is finally reaching customers. Some who managed to order at midnight PT on April 10 are getting their watches now; others who ordered a few minutes later will have to wait until mid-May. That's how quickly the Watch sold out. (I'm somewhere in between; my order went in quickly enough to be in the first batch sold, but I haven't yet received my Watch. At least I can read over the newly posted Apple Watch User Guide while I wait.)

Travel

TripAdvisor and FlightTrack: Frequent travelers should check out these apps from services like TripAdvisor, which lets you view your trip information, see reviews, ratings and even images of your destination. If you're more focused specifically on flight info, you'll want FlightTrack 5, which delivers flight notifications, status, gate changes, as well as flight progress and related information.

JetBlue, Delta and British Airways: Not surprisingly, airlines are getting in on the action. JetBlue gives you access to flight status and related information such as gate, flight and terminal numbers, along with a scannable barcode so you don't have to pull out paperwork while juggling luggage; it also gives you a travel countdown to make sure you get to the fliught on time. Delta and British Airways have also released Watch apps that offer similar functionality.

Flush Toilet Finder Pro: There's nothing like wandering around a new city when nature calls; there's nothing worse than needing a bathroom and not knowing where the closest one is — and speed is of the utmost importance. Flush Toilet Finder Pro gives you access to a database of over 100,000 public toilets, and offers directions on how to locate the closest one. Laugh all you want, but this app will help enormously in those moments when every second — and every step — counts.

Health and fitness

WebMD: If you're someone who has to take medicine regularly, the WebMD app offers info (via Glances you access by swiping up on the Watch face) and reminders about any medication you're taking along with details about when to take your meds, how much and how often. You'll never miss your water pill again. (See above.)

Fitness Spades: It's no secret that Apple is pushing Apple Watch as a fitness and activity tracker, and third parties are jumping on the bandwagon. Take for instance Fitness Spades, which makes working out a game. Press a button to draw a card, which correlates to a workout you can perform anywhere. The app tracks your activity and offers a helpful rest interval in between drawing the next card. The game is designed to push you to complete more cards in the deck than your previous time using the app.

VimoFit 7 Minute Workout: If you're into quick workouts, try the VimoFit 7 Minute Workout app. It guides you through a variety of exercises directly on the Watch.

RunKeeper: The popular iOS app RunKeeper has released an update that adds Watch support. Now you can start a workout, view stats, and end your run right from your wrist. And there's an option to shut out other notifications so you can focus on the road or path ahead without distraction.

 

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