Yelp App by Yelp – Jennifer Ruggiero
I started Yelping in April of 2008, and am still happily yelping today. Yelp.com is a review site founded in 2004 that has over 30 million ratings for restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, spas, automotive centers, gyms, entertainment, and even more. Practically every business category is listed. The nice thing is, people that rate these businesses are just like you and me.
With the Yelp app (available on iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and Palm devices), users can search for area businesses, call businesses, receiving driving directions, read & post reviews, check-in, view area deals, add bookmarks, follow friends, view & add pictures, and socialize with other Yelpers. Yelp accounts are free for users and business owners. It provides a fantastic way for businesses to connect with customers.
I have used the Yelp app on several Android and iOS devices and they all work wonderfully! Both the Yelp iPad and Android apps have a unique feature called “Monocle” that I haven’t seen in the iPhone app yet (at the time of this review). When tapping “Monocle,” the device compass and camera launch. Your display will show whatever your camera sees with a layer of all the area businesses (choose from restaurants, bars, or everything) and where they are in relation to where you are located. If you make a 360 degree turn, you will see all of the yelp listings surrounding you. I see this really coming in handy while in town where businesses are walking distance. For demonstration purposes, I took both iPad and Android screenshots of the monocle feature within my home (see bottom of post for images).
The benefit I admire most about this app is the ability to read local reviews that are pretty honest, imo. So when you are visiting a new area and don’t know where the best sushi restaurant is, simply do a search for sushi nearby and see where the locals dine.