Saturday, July 26, 2014
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What's up ahead?

Name: Road Ninja

Available for: iOS and Android devices

What it does: Identifies your location and points you, exit by exit, toward gas stations, hotels, shops, camping, restaurants, pharmacies, coffee, and more. You could even find hot spots for sushi, tacos, and desserts, and it can handle requests such as hot dogs or bagels or even finding government services.

Cost: Free

What's hot: There are plenty of other apps out there that show you what services are at the next exit, but I found this app more streamlined. It was visually easy to use while in the car (as a passenger - don't use it if while driving - and can quickly toggle between a visually branded view with distance (example: Chevron gas station in 0.9 miles) and the next screen with a map, directions, share features, prices, reviews, and more. The hotel choices felt solid because Road Ninja is partnered with Hotels.com and has access to 20,000 exclusive mobile hotel deals daily.

What's not: Sometimes the results were a little slow to generate when I was on the freeway. But not every time. I was testing on an iPhone 4S with AT&T service. It was always faster on Wi-Fi.

Worth it? Yes. But I recommend spending some time before you head out to customize your favorites and make sure you will be seeing the amenities you want.

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