Audio City Guides: iPad App Video Review
Are you a tourist? What we mean is, are you the type to be suckered into every last tour of that big city, as well as every side shop that calls your name? If you are, don’t be ashamed! We only want to know your proclivities, as Audio City Guides (Jourist Verlags) is an app to suit your tastes! For the traveller with an iPad or iPhone, it’s worth its weight in app gold, hawaiian t-shirts, and endless, endless sunscreen!
Concept and Functionality
For those of you who have somehow managed to avoid them, you might like to know that guided tours of major cities are a common tourist attraction. During these proceedings, some chap in the local garb and with a thick native accent guides a group of folks around town, pointing out all things old, beautiful, and breath-taking. Audio City Guides provides a unique opportunity to enjoy this style of education without the need for a boisterous leader, a rowdy group of fellow tourists, or even a day planner. In essence, the app puts the fun and freedom in your sunburnt hands.
The app comes with photographs and audio information about several major cities the globe over, including Barcelona, Berlin, London (Cheers, mates!) New York, Paris, Prague, Rome, and a few others. All in all, it’s a top-notch group to select from, even though we’re disappointed to find no Edinburgh among the list. Each city comes with a compendium of fully narrated texts, as well as side-bar bound points of interest. The user can stroll through the nearby attractions using the included offline map, or even plan a route there using the in-app kick straight to Google maps. It’s a brilliantly functional collection, and if you’re a stranger in a foreign land, Audio City Guides will hold your hand while teaching you with every step.
Design and Layout
We have to admit, we’re rather floored by the app’s stellar design. We greatly appreciated the fact that the map is offline-capable, as this removes any need for bars or Wi-Fi. We also appreciated how smoothly the information can be accessed: Typically with just a few flicks of a finger and a quick scroll. There’s not a line of code out of place here, and considering the app even includes a camera for you to take your own postcard pics, we haven’t any complaints at all.
Best of all, Audio City Guides will only run you five dollars in the US App Store, which is far cheaper than any guided tour. Not only that, but a scant $4.99 nets you several major cities, a free offline map, and a wealth of information about popular attractions. If that’s not a steal, then we have no idea what is!
Audio City Guides requires iOS 4.0 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.
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