When you first load up the app, your iPhone will ask you if it’s OK for Kluckr to use your current location. If you have an iPhone 3G or 3G S, Kluckr will be able to use your GPS to help locate the nearest place to eat chicken wings. If you you have an original iPhone, you’ll have to make do with the iPhone’s general guess at your location (cell tower triangulation).
Kluckr enables you to choose whether you want to find a place to eat wings from the city list, or by using your current location. Should you select “Near Me,” a list of cities around you will pop up. Each city is detailed by the number of locations Kluckr has in its directory. If you select “Choose a City” you’ll be able to search for the city you’re looking for, or select from a list of major cities.
I live in San Jose, CA and Kluckr helped me select from a list of 25 locations. After I selected my city, Kluckr provides a wheel of factors to choose chicken from (Service, Variety, Heat, Atmosphere, and Value). You can spin the wheel, or select from the categories for yourself. Spinning the wheel doesn’t have to be completely random though because you can select which categories the wheel displays. Don’t like hot wings? You can take that factor off of the wheel and choose from other points that might be more important to your dining experience.
Kluckr (the iPhone App) also ties into the Kluckr website by allowing you to log in and earn Kluckr rewards points when you send messages to your contacts list of where to meet up and chow down. Tying the app and the website together also allows users to add to Kluckr’s database of places to get great wings. Do you have a favorite spot that only the locals know about? You can help put it on the map by hitting the add button towards the bottom of the app.
Kluckr wraps up a lot of options, community building features, and ease of use into a neat little package. As it’s not a free app ($0.99), Kluckr may only be for the most dedicated of wing eaters, but it’s still cheap enough that if you can’t find a good spot in a bind, it’s not really going to to be too hard on your pocket book.
Kluckr is available on the iPhone and iPod Touch (2nd Generation). It requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later.