TripSuite: Written iPhone App Review
We like to travel, and in fact, we make a point to do just about as much of it as we possibly can. With this in mind, we’ve used a fair number of travel apps during the years to help us out. However, we have yet to see one quite as comprehensive as TripSuite by developer GPSmyCity. It offers an entire load of content, and no matter what you’re looking for with your next vacation, we guarantee you can find a way to enhance it with TripSuite. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept and Functionality
Like a lot of other travel applications that we’ve seen in the past, TripSuite is largely centered around bringing you maps and information about the cities you happen to visit. You can download walking tour guides that adhere to your exact GPS-based location, allowing you to speedily find areas of attraction nearby. We like this a lot, but we also like the fact that TripSuite hardly stops there.
The app also supplies you with handy hotel guides, keeping you up-to-date at all times on where you can find a bed. Included is also a set of maps direction you to local antique shopping opportunities, gift shopping areas, and cuisine-oriented highlights. It’s a wonderful mix, and one that we find absolutely enthralling. Essentially, it combines at least a week’s worth of outings into a single package. We would dare any seasoned traveler to take TripSuite along, and not at least spend that amount of time poking at the interesting points outlined in the app. All in all, it’s a lot of stuff, and a lot of very useful stuff at that!
Design and Graphics
That being said, we do wish the design behind the interface TripSuite is offering were slightly more intuitive. It utilizes a sort of cork notice board look that has you pegging post-it notes to interact with the app’s elements. This is very aesthetic, but when you’re trying to quickly slide to the same map or use a specific function, it can be quite counterintuitive. This roughness around the UX edges is seen in a few other areas within the app, which makes us think it could quite do with a bit more field testing by its users. A few more future updates, and we have no doubts that all of this could be made right as rain, though!
And besides, TripSuite remains one tremendously impressive value! It’s a free application in the App Store, which means you can begin to explore it without spending a dime. Furthermore, it offers perhaps the widest variety of cities we have ever seen in a travel guide app. Add to this such a compendium of useful information, and you’ve got one seriously good app on your hands.
TripSuite requires iOS 5.1 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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