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Old June 13th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best way/app to find things near your current location? Restaurants, shops, gas, etc? Thanks!

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Go to google.com, then at the top of the page select the "local" tab.
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Places Directory (quickest/easiest for places closest to your gps location) Not as refined as Where.

Where (best for looking for something more than a mile or two away) Lots of categories/subcategories. Must have app.

Layar (best to impress) Interface can be maddening, but it is cool as heck downtown.

You can also just use maps/google, but it isn't as slick/easy.

The newest update to Where added this cool feature that allows you to add search shortcuts to your home screen. For example, I have a Pizza shortcut on my home screen and when I launch it, I go directly to a list of pizza places near my current location.
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Or yelp works too.
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Places Directory (quickest/easiest for places closest to your gps location) Not as refined as Where.

Where (best for looking for something more than a mile or two away) Lots of categories/subcategories. Must have app.

Layar (best to impress) Interface can be maddening, but it is cool as heck downtown.

You can also just use maps/google, but it isn't as slick/easy.

The newest update to Where added this cool feature that allows you to add search shortcuts to your home screen. For example, I have a Pizza shortcut on my home screen and when I launch it, I go directly to a list of pizza places near my current location.
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Places Directory (quickest/easiest for places closest to your gps location) Not as refined as Where.

Where (best for looking for something more than a mile or two away) Lots of categories/subcategories. Must have app.

Layar (best to impress) Interface can be maddening, but it is cool as heck downtown.

You can also just use maps/google, but it isn't as slick/easy.

The newest update to Where added this cool feature that allows you to add search shortcuts to your home screen. For example, I have a Pizza shortcut on my home screen and when I launch it, I go directly to a list of pizza places near my current location.
Tried to look up Layar? Is it Layar Reality Browser?
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Places Directory (quickest/easiest for places closest to your gps location) Not as refined as Where.

Where (best for looking for something more than a mile or two away) Lots of categories/subcategories. Must have app.

Layar (best to impress) Interface can be maddening, but it is cool as heck downtown.

You can also just use maps/google, but it isn't as slick/easy.

The newest update to Where added this cool feature that allows you to add search shortcuts to your home screen. For example, I have a Pizza shortcut on my home screen and when I launch it, I go directly to a list of pizza places near my current location.
I'll second Places Directory, it's a great app for finding anything

Urbanspoon is by far the best for restaurants though. It will let you sort by place, price, style, give you ratings, even let you make reservations as of the newest update.
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Tried to look up Layar? Is it Layar Reality Browser?
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Urbanspoon and Happy Hour works good in NYC!
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Yelp FTW.
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I liked a program called 'Where' on the iPhone. I think it's available for android.
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Aloqa integrates with Yelp, it's perfect if you're wandering around a city. I used it the other day and found some awesome southern BBQ.
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Urban spoon is cool if you are in a city.
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What is the objection with using google maps?
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These are sometimes more intuitive or have smoother interfaces, plus other additions.
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These are sometimes more intuitive or have smoother interfaces, plus other additions.
if you try and find directions or where a place is that you are searching for do these apps use google maps for that?
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The best app I found was called Poynt. The problem is that I used it for Blackberry. It by far was the easiest app to use to find locations. I hope someday it comes to the Incredible.
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What is the objection with using google maps?
Thats what I use, works like a charm.
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if you try and find directions or where a place is that you are searching for do these apps use google maps for that?
Yup. They almost all just show the address/contact information/reviews etc. You can almost always click a link to navigate there via maps or call them or whatever else.
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And Google Nav
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The best app I found was called Poynt. The problem is that I used it for Blackberry. It by far was the easiest app to use to find locations. I hope someday it comes to the Incredible.
I liked Poynt, too. I'm surprised it's only BB.
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Ya Poynt was way better than where.....
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I use Aloqa

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I used to use windows live search for blackberry. Movies, traffic, directions, and listings. One feature i miss from that is the one click "add to adress book'. One interface. Very clean. Is where or placrs anything like this?
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I used to use windows live search for blackberry. Movies, traffic, directions, and listings. One feature i miss from that is the one click "add to adress book'. One interface. Very clean. Is where or placrs anything like this?
I actually miss the BB interface for a lot of things. In many ways, it was much better.
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The best app I found was called Poynt. The problem is that I used it for Blackberry. It by far was the easiest app to use to find locations. I hope someday it comes to the Incredible.
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The best app I found was called Poynt. The problem is that I used it for Blackberry. It by far was the easiest app to use to find locations. I hope someday it comes to the Incredible.
Funny u mention this...I had a BB for years and never knew about it...Switch to DINC 2 weeks ago and my brother sends me an email about an hour ago to use POYNT!! Now I want it and don't have the BB anymore..
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Hi everyone,

I just saw you all talking about Poynt and thought I would let you know that the development team is finishing up the very first version of Poynt for Android right now and that we anticipate release within the month.

Please feel free to email us at mobilesupport@mypoynt.com if you would like your name added to our Android Contact list and we will be happy to notify you when the App is available for download.

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Another that I like is Geodelic.
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I like how Yelp lets you know which restaurants are still open... when you have the late night munchies
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