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Top Android App: Yelp!

Top Android App: Yelp!

The Yelp! Android app has recently been updated to version 1.4 and has come a long way from the initial release which lacked many interactive features that many of us were hoping for.  You’ll be pleased with the utility Yelp! has now brought to your Android phone.

Version: 1.4
Size: 530KB
Category: Travel
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.8/5

User Interface: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Customizability: 4.5/5
Originality: 4.5/5
Indispensability: 5/5

The point of Yelp! is to share information with others to aid in making informed decisions, and when is this more important than when you’re on the go?  Exactly why Yelp! is such a useful app that you should definitely have on your Android phone.

The main page of the app offers you main categories like Restaurants, Bars, Banks, and more.  This is ideal for finding something quickly.  Clicking on a category lists the leading businesses based on your location.  You’ll be able to view the picture, rating, # of reviews, address, price range, and distance for the specific entry.  If you want to see exactly where each business is, click Map in the top right corner to display them all.  You can also refresh the Map’s area if you decide you want to venture a little further away.

When you select a specific business, you’ll receive full detailed information like you would expect on Yelp’s official website.  The address and phone number are in prominent locations for one-click access.  Also, read full reviews and view pictures from other users.

There are also a couple great new additions in version 1.4.  First, you can now draft your own reviews and assign ratings.  Unfortunately, the keyword here is “draft.” Your draft will be waiting for you at Yelp.com for you to officially publish it.  I’m not exactly sure why they have set it up this way, but it’s better than nothing!  Second, you can now Bookmark specific businesses for later.  This is nice if you want to keep a list of restaurants to try for example.

If you haven’t used Yelp! yet to help you make decisions, you definitely should. Yelp! will have you hooked in no time.

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