TravelerComm Free: Written Android Apps Review
If you love to travel, it’s time to add a new element to your mobile repertoire. It’s called TravelerComm, and it’s an app from a company by the same name designed to help you travel in a more connected, more informed way.
There are three main sections of the TravelerComm Android app: Travel Notes, Travel Guides and Maps and Travel Friends. The free version that I am reviewing gives users full access to the Travel Notes feature. You can create timed, dated and geo-coded entries with details about your trip and even add photos to them. You can set reminders, add tags and sort through notes with a handy search function.
The rest of the free app is comprised of purchasable offline maps and audio travel guides which seem really cool. So far there are only three audio travel guides, to Paris, Florence and Vienna, but this is a feature I’d love to see grow and expand. Travelers could definitely use a go-to source for visitor guides to the world’s most popular cities.
In the Travel Friend section of the app, which it also costs to access and use, you can share notes and location info with friends who also use the app.
Layout & Design:
I’m quite fond of the sleek design style of TravelerComm. The app’s different sections are color coded and accessing them is as easy as tapping the name of the respective app section. However, that’s where my fondness for the app’s UI ends. It is clumsily arranged, especially with any input fields. You can’t even see what you are typing when you create a Travel Note, and when you try to use the search function, the keyboard covers all of the results, which is awfully confusing for new users. Especially when you consider that the enter button doesn’t run a search function, it actually creates a new line in the search bar. It’s all a bit sloppy and could really use a reworking.
I’ll be frank, the free version of TravelerComm isn’t exactly a very useful sort of app, unless you think of it as a way to find for-pay content such as offline travel maps. The paid version full version of this app is currently $2.81, and I think anyone interested in this app should go ahead and just get it. Each individual offline map costs $.99. Guided audio tours are $2.45.
I did not like the fact that you cannot share notes with people unless they are users. Sure, the app can back up all your content to a server, but what good is it if you can’t email it, tweet it or otherwise share it?
Conceptually, I really dig the TravelerComm Android app. In reality, this title has a long way to go to earn top marks, draw in a big crowd and make a splash in the travel market.
Android Apps Review Details: TravelerComm Free is FREE. This app requires Android 2.2+ and up. You may download TravelerComm Free from the Android Market. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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