This evening we had a short discussion about the possible use of applications for smart phones or tablets that might be useful in amateur radio. After a short on line search, numerous sources and types were found. Some apps could provide CW training and practice, as well as providing a read out. Numerous apps were able to provide propagation reports as well as solar data.
An app for smartphone can access the EchoLink network to almost anywhere in the world, using either WiFi or cellular 3G. Although not Amateur Radio in the usual sense, the network is only available to licensed amateurs and can be useful on holiday or for those amateurs who do not have access to equipment and aerials.
More information for Android phones apps can be found at: http://www.g0hwc.com/android_apps.html