Monday, December 13, 2010

Yelp App for iPhone/iTouch & Android

If you're not Yelping.......then what are you doing?!  Yelp is a travel app that allows you to look for places you are near and look at reviews to make your decision or whether you want to use that businesses services.  Yelp is available via the web, and translated to this app on Android and on the iOS.  With the mobile app, you can "check-in" to places.  It is similar to that of Foursquare in which you check in to places to say you were there, and if you eventually frequent that place many times, become either the Duke/Mayor of that location.  It's rather fun to check in to places!  Plus, if your friends are all on Yelp, you can see their check-in activity feed. 

I enjoy this app and find it very useful because I actually use it to make decisions on places to eat based on user reviews.  On a recent trip, I've used it to determine restaurants that were close to me.  I looked at the reviews and how many stars a places had, then made my decision. 

Yelp is not just restaurants.  There are other businesses and professional services that are also reviewed, too.  There are gas stations, restaurants, doctors, shopping, etc. all on Yelp.  If a location is not listed, you can always add it. 

Rating: 5/5 (for iOS); 4/5 (for Android)

Likes: Easy to use; ability to bookmark locations; check-in's are really neat; user reviews and ratings are fun and interesting to read

Dislikes: Can only "draft" a review from the app.  You need to complete and finish the review on the Yelp website for it to be posted and available to others.

Cost:  Free
Category:  Travel
Size:  12 MB
Developer:  Yelp, Inc.

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