Written Android App Review
I love that city governments and commerce organizations are getting their act together and putting out some amazing city Android apps. The latest one to catch my eye is RedEye Chicago, an Android app that keeps locals and visitors alike in the know about all things Windy City, from mass transit to missed connections. Check it out, Chicago.
My Anroid app review found that the RedEye Chicago Android app from developer Tribune Digital focuses on four main topics, touching on the pulse of Chicago life. The “train, bus or taxi” section lets users connect with cab services over the phone, track the status of bus and train lines, and even keep abreast of delays, closures and schedules.
In “dining & drinks” the RedEye Chicago Android app provides the closest results based on your current GPS location or by train or bus stop. Color coding lets you know which places offer dining, and which locals are just for imbibing libations. You can even create a RedEye account to keep track of your favorite lines and restaurants. Peruse local headlines in the news section, whether you’re after the top stories, celebrity news or Chicago Transit Authority updates.
The fourth and final function of the RedEye Chicago Android app is possibly my favorite; missed connections. With the addition of a missed connections section RedEye Chicago elevates itself from a boring info app to a place where Windy City folks can go to get their groove on. Chicagoans, you made this app better with your hilarious confessions and shout outs to each other on public transportation and I applaud you.
Layout & Design
Eye catching backdrops and bold colors make RedEye Chicago stand out. A dedicated weather widget on the app’s home screen reflects Chicago’s weather. Users will navigate through four main tabs on the home page then select sub categories to reach the correct information. The most user friendly layout feature is available by tapping the RedEye icon where you can see your saved mass transit alerts, favorite stops and restaurants, or view any missed connections that you saved.
The layout is relatively simple. There is a dedicated home button in the upper right-hand corner of the app to take you back if you get lost, and the Android handset back button functions perfectly.
I was a little disappointed in the RedEye Chicago Android app stability. It frequently froze while I was trying to look up information based on a bus or train stop, effectively freezing the app (and my entire phone) for several minutes at a time. Other than the stop information freezing, I found the app stable and fast enough, though nothing extraordinary.
RedEye Chicago Android app is free and supported by ads from two main sponsors as far as I can tell, Dunkin Donuts and Bud Lite. The ads are minimally invasive and I still think this app will be a lifesaver next time I’m in Chicago.
Android Apps Review Details: RedEye Chicago Android App is free. This app requires Android 2.0 and up. You may download RedEye Chicago from the Android Market.
This Android app review, as well as the other Android app reviews for droid phones and droid tablets on this site, are brought to you by AndroidAppsReview.com.