Top 10 GALAXY S4 travel apps for must-see world events
12th Aug 2013 | 16:21
Bust through your bucket list with your trusty GALAXY S4
Do you have a bucket list? A breakdown of all the things you want to do before you die – or at least before you retire to a life of ease in the country?
If so, here's our handy guide to help you get through that list with your trusty Samsung GALAXY S4 tucked into the pocket of your rucksack. Just don't forget to zip it up!
The 'Running of the Bulls' in Pamplona
The Encierro (from the Spanish 'to fence in'), or 'Running of the Bulls', is a festival common to many towns across Spain and Portugal, in which bulls are let loose on the street and the brave and/or foolhardy prove their courage by outrunning them.
The most famous Encierro is that in the Northern Spanish town of Pamplona, as immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's classic 'The Sun Also Rises'.
If you are daft enough to want to give this a go, just remember this important note: 15 people have died running in the Encierro since records began and injuries are, unsurprisingly, very common. It is not for the faint-hearted. And, it goes without saying, you really will need to be able to run like the wind!
By installing RunKeeper (free) on your GALAXY S4 now you can set yourself a rigorous training regime and might just be ready for the 2014 Pamplona Encierro. Maybe. Either way, RunKeeper's ability to set a training programme to match your goals and then to track your progress and give you feedback through exhaustive stats will at least help you get fitter than you are now.
La Tomatina, Buñol in Valencia
Aka 'The One With All The Tomatoes'. La Tomatina is essentially a huge food fight, with hundreds of locals and tourists lobbing squishy tomato missiles at each other and literally painting the town red.
It's all good fun and, unlike the other festival mentioned above, is unlikely to cause you any serious injuries (unless you get a particularly unripe tom somewhere tender).
No, with this festival your biggest worry is likely to be where to get your clothes dry cleaned afterwards, as well as the location of the nearest shower so you can wash off the sticky juices before local wasps take an interest.
Wikitude (free) is the perfect app to stick on your GALAXY S4. This augmented reality app lets you use your S4 as a magic window on the world. The phone's camera will show you a view of the world in front of you and Wikitude then overlays icons and labels to show you where things are.
Search for hotels and it will pop up markers to guide you to the nearest one. Similarly, if you need somewhere to get your laundry done, Wikitude can show you the way. A quick word of warning here though: Wikitude can be quite addictive, particularly when you feel the need to find out more about an unknown city, so take care to use it sparingly when you are data-roaming abroad to avoid racking up excessive mobile bills.
Munich's annual Oktoberfest is the world's biggest booze-up – it's a 16-day festival of beer, sausages and song that draws huge crowds to its fairground setting.
Whether you opt for traditional lederhosen or dirndl costumes or just roll up in jeans and a t-shirt, be sure to find a pocket for your Samsung GALAXY S4, which can prevent you making a terrible mistake while sampling the local brew. We should also make it clear that the legal drinking age in Germany is 18 for hard alcohol and 16 for beer.
Drunk Guard (free) is a simple app that performs one crucial function. It prevents drunk dialling.
Load the app up with the numbers of your spouse or partner, your ex, your boss and anyone else you would rather didn't hear you burbling away during the festivities, turn on its simple locking mechanism and the app will refuse to connect any calls to those people. The next morning, check the app for a full report of everyone you tried to ring and breathe a sigh of relief.
The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is nature's most spectacular fireworks display, caused by the collision of energised particles with atoms in the Earth's thermosphere.
The spectral glow of the Aurora is best seen from Scandinavia at certain times of the year. But, as many erstwhile travellers have found out to their cost, the light show doesn't always show up on cue every night.
Aurora Notifier (free) is an app for your GALAXY S4 that will let you know when is the best time to zip up your parker and go looking for the Northern Lights. An animated, zoomable globe will show you a 3D render of the Northern Lights – you can even see the Southern Lights too, although you are probably less likely to pop down to Antarctica and check them out in person.
Every year on the last Monday in August, a town springs to life in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, built by artists, radicals and revellers from materials brought across the desert.
One week later, it is taken away again, following seven days of artistic freedom and non-stop partying in the ceremonial fires of the Burning Man.
The desert is a harsh environment, especially if you are dressed like an extra from Mad Max who has stumbled upon a cache of body paint. To make it back in one piece, we recommend you load up your GALAXY S4 with the £3.85 SAS Survival Guide app.
Based on the book by former SAS soldier and instructor, John 'Lofty' Wiseman, the app is packed with advice for surviving in the most extreme conditions, including the scorching desert.
Unlike the book, your GALAXY S4 can show you videos of Lofty demonstrating survival skills including firelighting and building shelters. Just in case.
Hybrid Solar Eclipse
A total eclipse of the sun is always worth seeing but on 3rd November certain parts of Africa will see a rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse, which will start out as an Annular Eclipse (a fiery ring around the dark of the moon) and then transition into the full Total Eclipse in which the sun is entirely obscured by the moon.
Eclipse Calculator is free to download and will calculate the exact path and timings for all upcoming eclipses, anywhere in the world, telling you exactly where to go to get the best view.
If actually trekking to a coordinate in central Africa seems a bit much, the £1.35 Live Wallpaper app will show an animated annular eclipse on your GALAXY S4's home screen without the cost of an air fare.
The 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Denmark, with either Copenhagen or Harning likely to host. Although considered the height of camp by many Brits, on the continent Eurovision is serious business and the finals are an extravaganza always worth attending.
English and French are the official languages of the competition but having a quick way to translate the many entries in foreign languages is always handy. Luckily, the GALAXY S4 can help you out with the pre-installed S Translator tool.
Just tap in the lyrics you are puzzling over and S Translator will figure out what language they are in and translate them into plain English.
Star Spotting at the Cannes Film Festival
Le Festival International du Film de Cannes is where the European film cognoscenti appraise the year's new releases. You may not have a festival pass but tourists are welcome at the many free screenings and events throughout the fortnight.
While you are there, no app will be handier to have on your GALAXY S4 than the IMDb guide. This will give you instant access to the vast Internet Movie Database, allowing you to verify just who it was you saw getting their photograph taken on a beach full of paparazzi.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Every October in Albuquerque, the New Mexico skyline becomes a mass of colour as over 750 hot air balloons of different shapes and sizes take to the sky.
There are balloons shaped like cartoon characters, corporate logos and UFOs as well as traditional basket balloons from all over the world as enthusiasts flock (literally) to the Fiesta. We're not sure how great the 3G or 4G signal is going to be at 3,000 ft above Albuquerque but your Samsung GALAXY S4 can help out with another useful function should you decide to go for a balloon ride.
The £1.49 Runtastic Altimeter Pro app uses the GALAXY S4's GPS function to figure out how high you are above sea level. It also offers useful functions like a compass and weather report.
Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling
It's not just the Spanish who indulge in an annual feat of foolhardy courage. Every May on the Spring Bank Holiday, Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire is host to the annual Cheese Rolling and Wake – a festival of idiocy and dairy produce in which hundreds of people try to catch a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese as it rolls down a hillside.
Scraped knees, twisted ankles and even broken bones are not unheard of at this event so we would recommend attending only if you have had the forethought to load the excellent British Red Cross First Aid (free) app on your GALAXY S4.
This app is easily browsable, even (we imagine!) while in pain, and can offer just the kind of advice you need when suffering from cheese-related injuries.