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Lonely Planet Florence City Guide

Lonely Planet Florence City Guide
  • #: 113113
  • Price: $5.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Travel
  • Updated: 2010-07-08
  • Current Version: 1.2.4
  • 1.2.4 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 12.30 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2010 Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd
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Description

"Lonely Planet guidebooks are, quite simply, like no others." New York Times

Discover the best places to see, shop, eat, drink and sleep in the cradle of the Renaissance with Lonely Planet’s Florence City Guide on your iPhone. Florence is magnetic, romantic and incredibly busy – all the attractions of this historic city are at your fingertips!

Imagine taking the world's favourite guidebook and making the information interactive, personalised and fully searchable. Imagine dynamic maps that plot your exact location, guiding you through the quirky, the curious and the straight-up compulsory experiences recommended by our community of on-the-road authors and users. Now imagine that guidebook on your iPhone, with you wherever you travel. Well, imagine no more: the world's favourite guidebook has just arrived on the world's favourite phone.

Features

EASY TO USE – swipe to scroll through a full table of contents, dip into sections, and turn pages with a flick of your finger

OFFLINE MAPS – there’s no need to go online to access our detailed street maps, fully retooled for the iPhone with location awareness, multi-touch controls, full-colour styling and six-level zoom

TONS TO SEE AND DO – choose how to search through hundreds of geo-coded points-of-interest (POIs) – by proximity, category, preferences or favourites – then just tap to visit the website, or place a direct call

TEXT SEARCH – whether you’re into ‘live music' or ‘fine dining’, every article and POI in your guidebook is text-searchable

LOCATION-BASED NAVIGATION – plot your location in real time on our interactive maps, exploring back streets and hidden treasures with no danger of losing your way

WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS – if you need some inspiration, just thumb through images taken by our award-winning photographers

PERSONALISATION – tailor your City Guide to your tastes by tagging the best POIs as ‘favourites’

MONEY SAVING – forget roaming costs, our apps are designed for offline use, and only take up the room of an average album on your iPod

OVER 50 CITY GUIDES AVAILABLE – including London, New York, Melbourne, Dublin, Barcelona, Moscow, Rome, Tokyo and many more

What's New in Version 1.2.4

iOS4 compatibility.

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Rated 2/5 based on 1 customer reviews.

 

2/5 stars

Disappointing

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Just got back from Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) and felt obligated to leave a review for others considering it. I'll leave the same review for Florence and Venice since the app's interface is identical, though the content obviously varies.

I really wanted to like this app, but found it terribly lacking in the interface design, mostly. I used it on an iPhone 3GS "offline" with location services turned on, but no cellular data plan enabled (to avoid the ridiculous $$ charges). Wi-Fi in Italy is expensive compared to the States so I didn't use it in that context. Here's a brief summary:

PROS:
• Restaurant reviews are solid / lots of great finds off the beaten path.
• Ability to save your "favourites" was handy (but no ability to annotate the fave).
• Content from the book (like historical background and travel tips) was personal, brief, and easy to read. Very comprehensive, as well.
• Map is mostly accurate, but could use an update (for Florence and Venice, especially). One of the islands by Venice was said to be "nearly abandoned"; instead it was an Italian Nantucket!

CONS:
• Map seemed decent until you had to use it. Horribly difficult just tapping on pre-selected points of interest. Pinch and zoom helped (sometimes).
• No ability to drop your own pins on the map. Would have been great for my own hotel or places I wanted to find again.
• The map "flag" for an individual location would appear in strange places away from the actual geographical location.
• Map filters (places to eat, shopping, point of interest, etc.) are a great idea, but often disappeared from the app and forced you to restart it
• All of the pre-selected sights had detailed info (phone & address) but NO photos linked to them. Sometimes you want to know what to look for.

Based on the last "con", I'd say invest in the much cheaper Rome 2Go app. It's based on Wikipedia, but it has a lot more info about the places you're seeing (including photos) and allows you to bookmark the sights. I didn't use the map on that app but it seemed decent.

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