Apr 09 AT 11:48 AM Guest Blogger 9 Comments

Aloqa – Always be a local

Aloqa is an app that makes you an everywhere citizen. It uses GPS to find your location and provide you details on anything you may need to feel comfortable in your locale. It claims with the app you can always feel like a local, and in my experience, doesn’t fail. With a steady stream of help from popular websites including Last.fm, Yelp, Match.com and more, Aloqa brings you information fast. I saw no lag at all moving from pet info, to movies, to singles and ATM listings.

Simply put, this app is well made. You can update the home page to show as many or few channels you want with a wide range of different categories from arts and culture to weather. Anything not provided can be found with a local search, which is available. In addition, the app does allow you to set how often the GPS is used. You can actually turn the GPS off, or throw your battery to the wolves and set GPS updates to once every five seconds (I can’t fathom why that many updates are necessary but it’s cool it can be done). Lastly, it should be addressed that with Aloqa you are able to set alert levels for each individual channel as deactivated, mute, buzz (vibrate), or ring.

The Good

  • Customization — allows you to show and hear what you want
  • Fast program overall
  • No overlay ads!
  • Up to date — Had the newest restaurants in my area and none of the closed restaurants or clubs

Needs improvement

  • Fast food listings should include more options (although you can use Yelp rest. To see all restaurants).
  • A forum or chat would be nice.
  • The ability to purchase directly from app.

Final Verdict

Aloqa is a fantastic app that I can’t believe is free. Whatever you may need to find in the city can be attained with phone numbers, websites, maps, and often reviews. Aloqa claims you’ll always be a local with the app, and after using it, I don’t see why anyone would want to be a stranger.

Note: This review was submitted by Darius Bazemore as part of our app review contest.

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