Where???: Written & Video iPhone App Review
Over the years, we’ve seen a great many number of geo-location enabled applications. We’ve seen apps that do everything from track your progress across the freeway all the way to measure how far you walk when you walk across the house. Today, however, we’re looking at Where???, (also available from the UK iTunes store here) a new app for the iPhone and iPad, from Tony Hulme App Development, that allows you to visually mark locations based on when you’ve visited them, or based on your desire to see them. It’s a brilliant little utility, and if you’re looking for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
The core idea behind Where??? looks something like this: The app allows you to view, thanks to Google Maps, the entire globe (Go big or go home!) and then tack into place your own, virtual pushpins. In essence, this means you can take a look around the world, spanning continents, countries, cities, and streets. When you come across somewhere you’ve been that you’d like to make a note of, just add one of the application’s colored pins. These markers range in color, each relating to a different concept. For instance, the green pin indicates a country you have been to. The gold one is a city you have seen, the blue one for a place you have visited. Lastly, and in our eyes most important, is the red pin—this one shows a place you have not been to, but would like to see.
All of this is made even more useful by the fact that you can also add photos, tags, or other information to each marking. This allows you to search, filter, or organize your entries as you see fit. At its core, this makes Where??? a fantastic way to highlight portions of the world based on your interest, and then go back for more later.
Design and Interface
Overall, the look of Where??? is both elegant and easy to manage. We had no problem navigating its menus, nor putting bits and pins where we needed them. That being said, we do think the app’s concept could be fleshed out a bit more with some detailed design. For instance, we’d like to have cloud backups securing our information. Furthermore, sharing to Facebook or Twitter would be a great way to brag about the places you’ve been, or to share your future travel plans with others. You can text and email information, which is nice. That being said, we feel there’s plenty of room for further improvement upon what is undoubtably a solid idea.
Either way, Where??? is a tremendous value no matter how you slice it. If you’re looking for a quick and good looking way to mark up the globe for your personal gain on the iPhone and iPad, the dollar that Where??? will cost you is certainly worth it. With that in mind, the app still earns a solid recommendation from us, and as more functionality is added, we can only expect more from the title.
Where??? requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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