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APP OF THE DAY: TripAdvisor

APP OF THE DAY: TripAdvisor

"Does the app offer anything more than just acting as a link to the website? Probably not."

TripAdvisor
Cost: Free | Developer: TripAdvisor LLC | Platform: iPhone. Pad, iPhone Touch | Version 5.7 | 1.9MB | iOS 3.0+

Allegedly the world’s #1 travel app in more than 80 countries, TripAdvisor is either an essential part of your travel planning or a Web page pretending to be an app depending on how you look at it.

It offers 45+ million reviews and opinions – of course, you don’t know how many of those are entered by PR lackeys and/or employees of the hotel/restaurant/airline/tourist attraction being scrutinised.

Fundamentally, it does, however, offer a reasonably thorough guide for tourists and travellers to the attractions available wherever they lob. And it has all the necessary phone numbers, email addresses, websites to contact the particular hotel or attraction, or just check it out in detail. And for business people on the move, it's an easy reference app.

For me, it’s all a bit mainstream – I prefer to get a long way away from people when I’m on holiday (usually fishing in remote locations) so in a way it provides a guide to what to stay away from … I mean, who wants to queue for four hours to see anything!

But does the app offer anything more than just acting as a link to the website? Probably not. There is little to no ability to personalise, no bookmarking, sharing, and copying. You can save your favourites into My Saves which at least gives you a working list of things to do and see wherever you are.

Note: it is also available for Android, Windows Mobile, Palm and Nokia.

Essential, no. Useful, maybe.

Pros: Loaded with reviews for wide variety of hotels, restaurants, attractions for wherever you are thinking of going.

Cons: Little in the way of personalisation. Essentially little more than a link to what is a useful website.

Verdict: It’s free so it’s worth having, if only for the ability to get an idea of what’s available wherever you are going or about to go.

Get it here: Apple App Store

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