Technology has invented new ways of spreading convenience among people and one of its examples is phone applications for discovering new places to eat. Many applications like Urban-spoon, Open-table, Yelp etc. help people search places to eat with the place of their phones. People who want to try some cafe or are looking for some specific cuisine get great benefit from such applications.
Out of many applications below is the list of five preferred and widely used applications for searching exciting new places for dining out:
- Food spotting
- Google Places
These applications are not just fun to use but easy to use too. These applications work on Android, BlackBerry etc. and many other Smartphones. Below is the description of each of the five above mentioned applications explaining their features;
This application works on many smartphones including Blackberry, Android, iOS, WP7 and WebOS. It is a fun application through which people can reserve tables at restaurants using there smartphone. The process is easy and quick. No calls required to deal with host or hostess to reserve tables. Making reservations easy is still one the most favorite feature of this application. Other features of the application include showing a list of restaurants that are near the location of the user and also upon using the service of the application user can earn points or awards too. Also the user of the application can read reviews of different restaurants posted by Open-table members.
The application is available on Android, Blackberry and iOS. Urban-spoon was first introduced as a Blackberry application but slowly the application got famous for its trademark feature “shake to randomly select a place to have lunch”. This feature made the application be loved by people who use Smartphones. Other features that the application includes are:
- Â Allowing people to post and compare reviews
- Â Searching restaurants nearby and many other
The application has also received positive reviews from food blogs and newspapers which makes the application a real deal for Smartphone users.
This is another famous, preferred and widely used application called Food-spotting. The application is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry and WP7. The most interesting feature that the application holds is that it allows the Smartphone users to not just suggest restaurants but also suggest preferred dishes. This interesting feature allows the user to take pictures of a favorite food or drink at a restaurant and uploading it to the service, writing a small review and sharing it with other users or friends.
Any new user will be shown the photos of dishes that are available at nearby location along with a list of restaurants. This visual approach to this feature of the application makes it interesting, loved and unique.
Yelp application is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry, WP7 and Web OS. Yelp’s services use the on board GPS of the Smartphone users to show them the nearby restaurants, clubs, bars and other hangout places existing in their area. Users can also know what places are open, what kind of food is available at different places and the least, the user can spend. Also Yelp shows the restaurant and other such place’s hours. Yelp can help a user knows some preferred places of the area, also suggests the user where to go and what to have. The massive community members is a strength as well as a weakness of Yelp because the availability of a lot of reviews can sometimes confuse the user but sometimes the reviews prove to be of great help too.
This application is a bit new but already has gained much attention as compared to others. The application is available on iOS and android where Googleâ€™s ever growing and extensive database of information on restaurants and their locations. The information helps user find restaurants, bars and other places of interest like ATMs, banks etc. easily using Google places. Other features include photos of restaurants, contact information, review reading and posting. In Android, the app is part of Google Maps, and lets you get turn-by-turn driving directions or call the restaurant directly.
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