Price: $0.99 Score: 9/10 Category: Travel
PlaceBox, developed by LinkDotz, Inc., offers an all-in-one travel app experience. In addition to recording your travel memories like photos and journals, you can also make travel arrangements, including the finding of directions, restaurants, and reviews to help you plan your outing.
The no-frills design of PlaceBox makes for easy navigation. The main navigation bar allows you to use the camera, review travel photos, make notes, adjust settings, and look for nearby places.
Under the places menu, you can review popular locations in your area, as well as your saved favorites. There are easy buttons to help you track nearly every type of destination near your current location, from cafes and restaurants to lodging, banks, stores, spas, museums, and more. There are even easy tabs to help you find more specialized travel needs relating to pets, government, and religious sites.
The developers pride themselves on having created an app that requires almost no typing. As they put it, “With a tap or three, you’ll find the perfect restaurant, date activity, or quick stop for coffee without having to type a letter.” When you’re in a new city, stressed out, and completely overwhelmed, that ease of navigation can be a lifesaver. But no worries- should you have a specific place in mind, you can still search for it by name.
Add Facebook and Twitter integration into the mix, plus the ability to sort your results by rating or distance from your current location, and you’ve basically got a pocket sherpa for your next urban expedition.
Whether you’re constantly on the road for business, just an occasional traveler, or looking to expand your knowledge of your own little corner of the world, it’s worth spending a buck on this user-friendly travel iPhone app.
PlaceBox is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.