When people refer to mobile, it’s not a term that focuses on the device but rather the user. Devices like iPhones are mobile because they can go anywhere the user goes. Lately, mobile-centric food apps and startups has been gaining ground because they come in handy.
Let’s face it — how many times has someone asked you where you wanted to go eat? Appay, a delivery, takeout and dine-in app developed by Kevin Puntney, is looking to solve the problems we find when it comes to dining options, and offer some new solutions as well.
Concept and Functionality:
Appay wants to make itself your go-to app during times when you can’t seem to get your distracted waiter’s attention or want seconds of those amazing breadsticks.
Just with the app alone, you’re able to press one button and request refills, pull up the menu of the restaurant you’re at, allows you to pay by cash or credit at the business and even view where in the restaurant the waiter or busboy is.
When you first open the app, you’re prompted to create a login, but at the bottom of the screen, there is a feature to watch a tutorial video. It’s not an obvious call-to-action, but watching the video will save you a lot of trouble when you try and find all of the cool features that the app has to offer.
When you login, you’re brought to the homepage, with a couple of different icons at the top: an orange credit card (where you can plug in your card information), a yellow smiley face (geolocation to find businesses near you), the appay icon (to find businesses within a certain radius from you), a person’s silhouette (to map out where you are on a map), a green QR code (to scan codes) and a hamburger navigation.
Though most all of these icons are direct, the most important one to learn how to navigate is the hamburger navigation, which allows you to do everything from find nearby photos, reviews, liked items and liked stores to purchases, compare and much more.
In addition to just about all of these ordering capabilities, appay still has a lot of other features which includes storing your purchase history and even making use of augmented reality, which lets you use your camera to detect which restaurants in the area take appay.
Appay is a really cool app because chances are, if you’ve ever thought of dining experiences that could be fixed with in app, appay would be that app. On the other hand, however, because appay serves so many different functions, sometimes this comes at a disadvantage.
For example, when it comes to the hamburger navigation with the many different options to choose from, it’s all just a little bit overwhelming. Not to mention, it’s unfortunate that not a lot of businesses are working with appay — when I was using the app, I wasn’t able to find any participating restaurants (and I’m from Los Angeles, a city bustling with restaurants).
Nevertheless, if you like to go out to eat but have become really a pretty pessimistic diner because of poor service, appay could change your mind about that and make dining out fun again.
appay requires iOS 7.0 or later. 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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