Published on junio 5th, 2009 | by admin0
First Look: Lonely Planet iPhone Guide NYC
The Lonely Planet guide is an iPhone travel guide done right. It takes everything from the original dead-tree guide and squeezes it into an iPhone (or iPod Touch) sized package. Better still, it does adds some things that are impossible to do in an old-fashioned paper edition.
Lonely Planet guides are, like any other travel guide, great if you want to be eating, sleeping and visiting in the same places as everyone else. You’ll find advice on restaurants, bars, gay and lesbian hangouts, shopping and everything else, and it’s all replicated here.
There are some advantages to having an electronic version. First, you won’t look quite so much like a tourist — staring at your iPhone will make you look like any other local. Toting a map and guidebook, on the other hand, marks you out as a target. And because the iPhone knows where you are, there’s no wandering around looking for street signs and then wading through indexes. Just like Google Maps on the iPhone, your location is pinpointed. All of the actual streetmaps are stored on the device, too, which means that you don’t need an internet connection — or even an iPhone: this works great on the Touch, too.
You can either browse maps or just hit the “Nearby” button and be given a list of everything in the surrounding streets. As you can see from the picture, it even works here in Barcelona, although everything is over 6000 kilometers away.
One quirk of this system is that you can’t access the restaurant and bar listings through the actual sections in the book, whether by kind of food or by neighborhood. Instead you have to use the map. It’s a shame. While a paper book can’t spare space to print everything twice, there is no such restriction in an application.
You can save favorites, too, which is the equivalent of folding the corners on pages, or you can browse through like a normal book, page by page, section by section, just by swiping your fingers. And a very handy extra is the search function. It will bring up anything listed in the book, but sadly you can’t search on addresses.
I’ll be trying it out in New York over the next week, and I’ll let you know how it goes. The Application cost me €13 ($16 in the US store). That’s cheaper than the paper book, and a lot more handy. You can also get guides for many other major and minor cities, and if you want to check things out first, the San Francisco guide is actually free during the WWDC. I guess those Californian hippies won’t pay for anything.
Via- Charlie Sorrel-Wired