The following software review was conducted by “Royalness”, an avid  follower and occasional AndroidGuys guest writer.  Here’ he takes a look at an application called Trip Journal, which was the winner in the Travel category for the Android Developer Challenge II.  Trip Journal is the ultimate trip tracking, recording, documenting and sharing solution that is currently available for iPhone and Android powered smart phones.

When I come back from a vacation, I always find that I have taken a couple of hundred pictures, which I simply dump on my computer, to never look at again.

Trip Journal tries to make documenting your vacation experiences more interesting and more social.

With Trip Journal you can:

  • Create/name trips/vacations
  • Track your GPS route
  • Add waypoints/place marks
  • Add pictures
  • Add notes
  • View trip progress on google maps
  • Get statistics on distance traveled, speed, altitude
  • Share/export/save your trips in KMZ files (google earth format) or to Picasa or Facebook

Mobile phones already have distinct advantages over most regular camera’s with regard to trip-documenting in that you always carry them with you.

They have also become more like mini-computers with which you can edit text, add GPS co-ordinates and connect to the web.

Combine this with the fact that camera’s on Android smart phones keep getting better and better (Droid and Experia for example) and you can clearly see that the future for documenting and sharing trips lies with apps like Trip Journal.

Besides the concept, I also found that the implementation was done very professionally (as you would expect from a competitive iPhone developer like iQapps). The UI resembles a leathery travel diary where one would glue pictures in and add notes and descriptions to. The app is also very reliable in that it never crashes, which is, in my opinion, exactly what one would expect from such a travel companion.

Trip Journal has used current day technology to fulfill a classical demand for documenting and sharing experiences and has done this in a way that can only be described as “AWESOME”.

I recommend everyone to at least try the lite version or buy the full version. The full version is 2,99 euros.  Check out their site for Trip Journal

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  1. I actually bought the paid version after trying the lite version and it's awesome. I remember the app from adc2, and they've improved it a lot since than. Hope to see new functionalities..

    • what are the differences between the paid version and the lite version? only thing I can see on the market page for the app is export to flickr, picasa, or other sources of the like. could you comment on any other differences?

      • The big differences are:
        1. lite version allows only one trip to be recorded and also it has limitations in terms of number of pictures and waypoints. The full version let's you to archive your trips and to record as many waypoints and photos as you want.
        2. The full version let's you to export the trip in flickr, picassa and facebook.

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  6. Trip Journal is pleased to announce today that we have been nominated for Best Travel App in the 15th Annual Webby Awards joining the ranks with fellow nominees, Kayak Mobile, TripIt, Airbnb, and Conde Naste Traveller City Guides. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

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