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If you like to travel, you probably often find yourself in unfamiliar places.
AroundMe is an app that makes it easy to search your location for popular spots like gas stations, hotels, and restaurants. And you can find less searched-for areas, like hospitals, pharmacies, and even parking.
So when you’re away getting Big Travel with Small Money, you can find what you’re looking for with just a couple of taps!
I’ll give you my AroundMe app review! And share if it’s worth a download.
AroundMe App Review
Link: AroundMe App (Android)
Link: AroundMe App (iOS)
AroundMe is an app that essentially makes Google Maps easier to use. Its text is big and colorful. And it has large, helpful icons.
When you open the app, the home screen gives you a list of categories, like coffee shops, movie theaters, and supermarkets. You’ll also see a search icon and menu icon, both at the top right of the screen.
If you click on restaurants, it will show you the restaurants closest to you.
If you click on the menu at the top right of the page, you’ll see more viewing options for your search results. You can keep the standard list, or view the results in 3 different kinds of maps.
I prefer map results over the list. That’s because I can see what’s near me, as well as what’s along my route.
2. Home Screen Menu
Click the 3 vertical dots on the top right of the home screen to go to the “Settings” menu. Here you can change your unit of measurement, opt-in for daily weather forecasts, and upgrade to the ad-free version of the app.
The free version works just as well as the paid version. But the ads in the free version are really intrusive, and can take up 25% of the display on some pages!
You can change your location from the home screen menu, if you want to view another city you’ll soon visit.
3. Search Option
For folks who know what they want and don’t want to browse categories, the home screen menu also has a search icon at the top right of the screen. Just type what you’re looking for. Here’s what I got when I enter “wine”:
4. Location Information
When you tap a merchant or location, you’ll see a map, as well as a “directions” icon. Press it to launch your phone’s native maps app with guidance.
There is also a “star” icon, which I thought would save the location as a favorite inside the app. But when I clicked it, it just opened contacts screen, and suggested I save the phone number as a contact. I don’t like that!
What’s the Verdict?
AroundMe is a clean and easy-to-use app. But it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It’s basically Apple Maps or Google Maps with a simpler user interface.
While I liked how the app displayed pictures and menus of restaurants, and had synopses and showtimes of local movies, it’s nothing Google Maps doesn’t already do. If I perform a voice command search for the restaurants near me through Google Assistant, I’ll get access to the same information AroundMe provides.
Also, because the app is integrated with Yelp (and TripAdvisor, to an extent), I wish the search results reflected the ranking of the hotel, coffee shop, bar, etc. in the list of results. That would make it easier to scan and find the best options, instead of clicking on results individually.
I tried different searches. And while AroundMe offered more results, Google’s results were more relevant. For example, when I searched hospitals, AroundMe displayed more locations, but many were things like rehabilitation clinics and oncology specialists. Probably not the kind of results someone is looking for if they’re in a new city!
The AroundMe app helps folks find what’s near them quickly and effortlessly. It has big, clear text, and is so easy, anyone can use it. You can find movie showtimes, restaurant menus, and coffee shop reviews within a few seconds.
What app do you use to help you explore a new area?