Deja Vu: iPhone App Video and Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we see an whole lot of applications entering the so-called “social media” genre. That is to say, we see an entire load of apps each month that want to carve their own space out of the area founded by Twitter and Facebook. Some do quite well—some wake up the next morning in a pile of their own filth. Somewhere in-between, though, is Deja Vu by developer ComeBackTo. It’s an app that shows an awful lot of promise, and if it can only improve itself a little bit, it may yet be the addition to Facebook and Twitter that we’ve all been waiting for. Either way, you can head on down below the break right now to see our full review of this app. So without further ado, let’s get cracking!
Concept and Functionality
As stated, we tend to see a lot of these kinds of apps for the iPhone. However, Deja Vu is doing something different and unique with itself. It’s not giving you yet another place to chat or share images with your friends. However, what it is doing is harnessing the power of Google and your existing social networks to create something fun. Here’s what we mean:
The app helps you to find and enjoy new places in your local area. When you peg a new place within the app’s geo-tagged search grid (thanks to Google) you’re instantly served up with comments from other locals, Yelp ratings, and an host of other information to help you decide whether or not you should go. When you arrive, you can check in on Facebook or add a Twitter post inviting your friends to discuss it. In this way, the app isn’t so much its own unique entry into the social media genre, but rather a quick and engaging addition to what you already use.
Design and Interface
As an addition or supplement, we have to admit, the app looks pretty damn slick. We like the menu it uses a lot, as it’s taken some liberty from what HTC and Instagram have concocted to bring along a ribbed navigational bar that’s simply stunning. We also liked how easy it is to find new locations in our area using the explore tab. You can add locations with a single click, and viewing your friends could not be more fun. So all in all, hats off to the designers that put the boat together.
When it comes to the value that Deja Vu offers, it’s hard to argue with the free price tag. So instead, we’ll simply say this: If you’re looking for a new and engaging way to play around with locational settings and maybe meet up with some friends, the app is a tremendous value. It’s got a lot of promise, and as more people begin using it (it’s got a lot of population problems) then maybe we’ll get some more use out of it.
Deja Vu 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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