Localscope, by Cynapse, is a search/navigation app that carries the best features of all the other location-based apps in the App Store. Localscope takes advantage of informational sites like Bing & Google while also taking advantage of information on social sites like Twitter and Foursquare to give you the best results.
Location-based apps come a dime a dozen and the pattern I have seen in the past is that most people try others but always default back to Google. Bing has gotten some people to convert but these forms of objective seem to be the constant default. Localscope encompasses that objective information and also allows you to see what people and friends are saying about things around town. The beauty of this process is that they do not rely on their own engine to find information but instead pulls from 5 engines that are well sustained.
Localscope for iPhone has several ways of finding the information that you want. When you open up the application to search for a location near you, you can select between the different options. Google and Bing are great for finding a location on a map but Twitter and Foursquare are better for getting opinions on the location. You can also search by one of the thirty five predefined options. That is all great but what can you do when you find the location? Well this app is full of features, allowing you to call, see the url of your search, Open Map, Set as Current Location, Add to Contacts, SMS, Email, Facebook and finally post on Twitter. As you can see it provides you with a ton of options and ways to use this information without having to use 5 apps to do all of this.
Perhaps my favorite part or the coolest part of this app is the three different views that you get to choose from. The first is a list view that allows you with all of the options I mentioned above as soon as you search. The second view is a map view that shows you the map first and then you can get the information mentioned above from there. The last, and perhaps the coolest, is augmented reality. In this method you hold the phone up and it will tell you what direction to point the phone and you will see a marker. I really like this option and it is just cool looking aside from being incredibly useful. From this screen you can also access all of the information that you could from the other screens.
Visually the application is great and the layout makes it very easy to use without constantly having to pop in and out of menus. The ease of use is always something that I look for with an application. One thing I usually find is that too many items are hidden in menus; that is not the case with Localscope. It has everything right there in plain view for you so you can do your search, find your information and go on with your business with as little frustration as possible. The sharing features make it easy to help with those text messages you get that say, “Hey, where’s Barnes & Noble?” This is something I often get from my wife and I will look it up and try to relay that message. This app makes it easy for me to simply send her the information. That is just one simple use that it happened to provide solution to.
I have been very impressed with this app. This app even worked in my area which is very rural and that causes problems for many applications. Its ability to find objective info (locations), subjective info (Twitter & Foursquare) and make it easy to access is awesome and a must if you find yourself looking for a great location-based search application.
- User Interface
- Google, Bing, Twitter, Foursquare Integration
- Augmented Reality View is simply cool
- Sharing options
- No Speech Recognition
- No quick way of posting current location via Twitter or Foursquare
Updated: Mar 25, 2011
Current Version: 1.4
Size: 4.1 MB
Seller: Cynapse India Pvt. Ltd.
© 2011 Cynapse
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.