Best Location-aware app?? - iLounge Forums
Become a member of the iLounge Forums. Register Now!
To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the Forum FAQ and Forum Policy.

Topic: Best Location-aware app??

Reply Thread Tools Topic Search
Old 02-24-2010, 04:40 PM
Freshman Lounger
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1
Lightbulb Best Location-aware app??

While I was still at my internship I wrote an article about the best location-aware apps. I thought I would ask for input though. I still use Yellow Pages daily, it seems, but the others are starting to gather digital dust on my iPhone desktop. What am I missing, or are these still top dog?

My Favorite Geolocation Apps

Yellow Pages:

Yellow Pages is the flagship of all location based business search apps. This app comes out on top of a crowded field of competitors; in the current app rankings it is a full 600 spots above its closest competitor, AT&T. This app excels based on two strengths.

The first strength is that it has been around since the launch of the App Store and, like any good wine, only gets better with age. Second, the app time and time again produces results that are more robust and accurate than its competition. What else would you expect from a company that has been in the search game for decades?

As you would expect from a geolocation search app, just enter your query and the app sorts results based distance from your location. In fact, this is one of the few apps available the day the App Store launched and included GPS-enabled search before Apple designed the phone to do such a task. The search results include customer ratings, contact info and GPS directions. The app also includes a one-tap command to add results to your contact list and several suggested search terms to choose from. All these features are housed in a simple, user-friendly interface that makes browser searching seem just plain old-fashioned.

The days of searching for the phonebook, the searching with the phonebook are dead now that Yellow Pages app allows users to search and call with just one tap.

iLoci 2 Lite:

If you can get past the silly name, you will have one of the better ways to be the kind of parent I always wished I had. iLoci 2 is an app that allows groups of users to keep track of each other via GPS mapping. The most obvious use of such technology would be to take advantage of the opportunity to do a healthy amount of geo-spying on your friends and family. That is where the genius of the program kicks in; you are able to adjust privacy settings so that only people you want to be in the loop are able to identify your location. Now back to the parenting part Ė this means that parents are able to let their children have fun, but make sure they arenít across town at some seedy bar or up on loverís lane. Itís a parentís way of granting freedom to their children without abandoning responsibility.

Echofon for Twitter:

Though Twitterfon, now known as Echofon for Twitter, underwent a name change, all of our favorite features remain a part of what is easily the best of the free Twitter client apps around. In terms of geolocation abilities, the app allows users to type location-based tweets to share with friends, as well as sort results in your feed based on proximity to your current location. Another neat search option is to see all the recent tweets from other Twitter users around you. Just tap one of the pins in a map and get a quick look at who is saying what in your neighborhood.

Beyond the location-based abilities, we have a very powerful, yet lean Twitter client app. Users are able to customize lists, search mentions and replies, and enable specific push notifications. Not bad for an app that asks only to display occasional banner ad in return.


FourSquare makes the list because it is a really neat concept that has a lot of potential to be one of the most sticky-sweet and engaging iPhone apps around. The concept is to have users ďcheck-inĒ whenever they visit a business or restaurant around town. Doing so lets your friends know what places are worth visiting. Also, you are rewarded with points for using the app, fueling competition for the alpha males among us. The app also allows you to leave tips for future visitors, read reviews on Yelp! and search nearby tweets. All told, this represents a step in a new direction for social networking; think geocaching but for urbanites.


Though I am not personally a fan of the geocaching craze, I donít want vitriol filling the comments area of this article by upset geocaching die-hards who cry foul about a list without their favorite GL app. With that said, the cream of this inexplicable crop goes to Groundspeak, Incís Geocaching app. It is a great app that boasts a library of over 965,000 spots to hunt down in your own neighborhood or across the globe. With stellar user ratings and good critical acclaim, this is a sure bet if you want to go find buried treasure of no monetary value.
elsworth864 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 04:11 AM
Reviewer @ a reseller
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 21

You forgot Google Maps!! Irix Traffic is also cool if you have a long commute and some ways, although not very convenient yet, to bypass traffic jams.
AllanL is offline  
Reply With Quote

Topic: Best Location-aware app??

Reply Thread Tools Topic Search

Become a member of the iLounge Forums. Register Now!
To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the Forum FAQ and Forum Policy.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
my total app list and how I organise...> (how do you do it)? durrson iOS Apps + Games 1 04-22-2009 05:58 AM
Just sent everything to an external HD.. fcrose617 iTunes + Related Mac/PC Applications 10 03-26-2009 01:14 AM
'this app' Would like to use your Location. esin iPod touch 1 02-03-2009 02:08 PM
Be aware if you sell your A model Touch with the January app pack... Phoenixfury iPod touch 15 02-20-2008 03:23 PM
The All Music Guide iTunes Tag Retriever Snollygoster iTunes + Related Mac/PC Applications 25 03-13-2007 01:52 PM

RSS Feed Widget

iLounge Weekly
News, reviews, articles, giveaways, deals, and more delivered to your inbox.
Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2016 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy