Las Vegas Reality
Pros: An augmented reality app uses your phone's camera and GPS to navigate the Strip. If you're not in Vegas, it offers a virtual tour — which placed the Mandalay Bay near my sofa and landed the Tropicana on my cat.
Cons: The airport and convention center are the only off-Strip locations.
Cost: Free for iPhone.
Sutro Media's Viva Las Vegas, Baby
Pros: An opinionated, photo-rich app from Sara Benson that includes reviews, neighborhood details, up-to-date prices and tips on where to find low-limit tables and better odds. Blackjack, craps and other gambling basics are also onboard. Categories include Hidden Gems, Family Friendly, Outdoors and Sin City (clubs, nightlife and tattoos).
Cons: No landscape mode, but this feature is expected this summer.
Cost: $2.99 for iPhone.
Las Vegas Guide — Lonely Planet
Pros: Offbeat app emphasizes non-gambling activities with a colorful map, dollar-stretching tips and suggested itineraries and excursions to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, etc.
Cons: A few gambling tips or wedding chapel listings would be nice.
Cost: $5.99 for iPhone; an alternate Android app is 99 cents.
Pros: Uses Google Maps for navigation and shares RateVegas.com ratings for hotels, shows, etc. Tourist tips answer a range of questions and address gambling superstitions.
Cons: No eye candy.
Cost: $1.99 for iPhone.
MGM properties in your pocket
Pros: Individual apps for Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York New York each have in-app tutorials, GPS-enabled maps and app-only promos for discounts. Action buttons put the resort concierge, room service, bell desk, box office, wedding chapel, etc. just a tap away. Most include a primer on blackjack, craps, etc., with Luxor and MGM Grand offering the best. The Bellagio app features its fountains and conservatory, and Aria highlights its spa and Liquid pool lounge.