AroundMe – Review

On October 3, 2008

App Type: Uncategorized

AroundMe – Review

Our rating:

By: Marco Pifferi

Version #: 1.0.0

Date Released: 2008-09-03


Price: 0.00

User Rating:

AroundMe doesn’t do anything earth shattering, but what it does do, it does very well. Using the iPhone location feature, AroundMe quickly (and we mean quickly) provides a list of important businesses that might interest you nearby.  This includes banks, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals movie theaters, etc.

Tapping the specific kind of business your interested in shows a list with the closest ones at the top.  Tapping any specific item in that list provides the address, phone number and distance from your location.  It also offers a shortcut for showing the route to the location, emailing the information to yourself or someone else, showing it on the map, or adding it to your contacts.

It is fast, free, and, for the most part, accurate.  Unfortunately, the mapping data it uses must be slightly out of date because a favorite restaurant in town closed last summer and was still listed.  That, however, only occurred once during an extensive series of tests.

The only “wish” I have for the app would be the ability to control the circle within which it searches, so i could search a different location I may not be around.  But since it is intended to show what is “Around Me” that would kind of defeat the purpose.

Quick Take

Value:  High
Would I Buy Again: Yes
Learning Curve: None
Who is it for:  Anyone with an iPhone 3G (will not work as well without the gps chip)
What I like:  Works fast, well and easily. Provides tons of useful information quickly
What I Don’t:   Map data slightly out of date. No customization of search possible.

Final Statement:  I had been using Where but this app is so much easier (not that Where is difficult) that it will be staying on my iPhone instead.

Read the Developer's Notes:
AroundMe allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings.
How many times have you found yourself in need of finding the closest Gas Station?
AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi.
AroundMe shows you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are.For every listing you can choose to see its location on a Map, view the route from where you are, add the information to your contact list or even email the information to a friend.The Nearby listing allows you to find information using Wikipedia about what is around you.Fast, easy and accurate. AroundMe is your ideal day to day companion.O U R   T A K E . . .

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