Gone are the days of traditional phone books. Many places have found that the prevalence of the Internet has rendered such guides unnecessary, for most use the readily available Internet to perform such searches anyway. Instead of wasting vast amounts of paper, companies have put forth more effort in perfecting their online presence. With YP – AT&T Yellow Pages for iPhone by YELLOWPAGES.COM LLC, users will find an enhanced way to search for the types of services they need, all from the comfort of their portable Apple device.
Begin by allowing the application to detect and connect with your current location, for YP will provide wonderful, local suggestions right on the home screen under the categories of Eat, Play and Live. This home page suggests local restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, salons, mechanics and much more all based upon your current location. To yield different results, simply shake your device and new suggestions will appear right on the home page. View those deemed most popular or enter your own search terms using the Search tab (or the Search bar at the top of the main screen) to narrow down your findings. Users may even speak their search term by tapping the microphone button next to the Search bar, eliminating the need to type. The Browse tab simply allows users to sift through different categories of interest based on either their current location or another they input manually.
To peruse your results, users may either read through the names as they are listed, or use the globe icon in the top right corner to access the Map view, which provides a visual as to where each business resides. Choose a specific place, and you will find all the information you could possibly need, including their phone number, address, hours of service, ratings, reviews, website, driving directions and other similar suggestions. You can read other customers’ reviews of the establishment and add your own experiences once you’ve visited. Users will also find the Share, Add to Favorites and Add to Contacts buttons toward the bottom of the page. Share allows users to email the listing to friends or post the information to Facebook and Twitter. Add to Favorites allows users to add this particular place to their Favorites tab for easy access later on, while the Add to Contacts button will add the establishments contact information right to your phone’s address book.
Beautifully laid out and simple to use, this intuitive application makes searching for all types of places much easier than flipping through the pages of a book. You can now “let your fingers do the walking” much quicker than ever before, and find just what you need right where you need it. Plus, with all these automatic suggestions provided up front, you’re sure to have a vast array of choices. Plus, no application could ever be rendered terrible (in my eyes) when the first ‘Eat’ suggestion just happens to be my favorite pizza place of all time!
YP – AT&T Yellow Pages [iTunes Link] for iPhone requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.