Top Apps and Gear for Attending or Watching the 2012 London Olympics

The London Olympics have already begun, with events in soccer taking place on Wednesday, but the games are set to officially kick off tomorrow, July 27th, with the opening ceremony.

We’ve been covering Olympic related apps and accessories all week, but just in case you’be missed something, make sure to read through this essentials list. Whether you’re attending the Olympics in person or watching along on TV, there’s something for you here.


Are you a serious Olympic fan, or a self-professed lover of all things British? If so, you will want to take a look at our list of London-themed iPad accessories, which includes this gorgeous Keep Calm and Carry On iPad case adorned with the flag of the United Kingdom.

If you’re traveling to the Olympics this week, you’ll want to make sure to keep your iPad protected in a sturdy case, which will prevent scrapes, scratches, and cracks. Portability is also important, so you’ll need to find a happy medium, like the Defender case from Otterbox. If working while on the road or in the air is important, take a look at our article covering tips on working on the go.



Our app series this week covered the Olympics, and it is filled with apps that you will want to download before the games begin, including the Reuters Olympics London 2012 app, which is perfect if you want to follow along with photos and info on the athletes.

To Watch the Olympics

If you want to watch the Olympics from your iDevice, there are several apps that will be covering it. You can check out our extensive list, but make sure to download the NBC Olympics app which features official coverage of the Olympics from NBC, with on-demand video streams, highlights, photo galleries, and athlete profiles.

To Play Along

Do you want to join in the fun? You can play Olympic games (check out our full list) right in your livingroom with games like the official London 2012 Mobile Game or the Toons Summer Games 2012, where you can play as a cartoon Olympian, winning races as a hotheaded turtle or besting the hammer throw as a gorilla. We’ve even got a list of London Olympic apps for kids.

If You’re Attending

Are you are lucky enough to see the 2012 London Olympics in person? If so, you’ll want to download a handy dandy London travel guide. Lucky for you, we rounded up the best of the best, so grab a few of those apps before you board the plane. If you want an all-inclusive guide, make sure to download the Frommer’s Great Britain Day by Day app, which will almost guarantee a good time in the city.

You’ll also want a quick way to share your event photos, so pick up Apple’s Camera Connection Kit, download PhotoSync, and take along your iPad. You’ll be able to get those photos online in no time.

It’s also a good idea to check your data roaming plans before you head across the pond, and we’ve got a great guide on your best roaming options right here.

It doesn’t matter if you’re attending the Olympics in person or simply watching them on television – we’ve got you covered. Have another great Olympic app you use? We’d love to hear about it.

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  • maxpower

    This is probably the best time to get your kid into the Olympics, and sports in general. It’s really easy to follow, red vs. green, and as they get older they’ll appreciate the more obscure sports like water polo. I am going to miss a lot of live water polo matches but I’ll be using the Dish Remote Access App on my iPad to watch the games stored on my DVR. It also lets me view live coverage, which will come in handy tonight when I see the first part of the opening ceremonies on my commute home from Dish. I’ll admit that soccer is twenty times better than underwater basket weaving.

  • Lady

    but make sure to download the NBC Olympics app which features official coverage of the Olympics from ABC,

    The Olympics are on NBC, not ABC.

    • Bill_PadGadget

      Thanks for catching the typo! We’ve updated the post.