Apr 15 AT 10:16 PM Guest Blogger 24 Comments

Where: The definitive all-in-one travel guide app for Android

Though I travel fairly infrequently, when I do manage to get out of Minnesota I often find that I have a hard time figuring out what I want to do. The wife and I usually go driving around the new place we’re exploring and stop whenever we see something that strikes an interest in both of us. If only we had more information on local venues and events, we would better be able to plan our vacation and do things we both found enjoyable.

Where, an application developed by the appropriately named Where, Inc. hopes to be the one-stop shop on all things local. Where really has it all, from local weather and news, to restaurant reviews, event calendars, local traffic, local Starbucks, and even gas prices. All delivered in a sleek looking package. On top of all that, where.com has a check-in service so you can share your location and information about that location with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

Being from progressive Minnesota, one of the coolest features Where offers is integration with by-the-hour car rental service Zipcar. The service lets you pay a monthly fee to have access to one of several cars located at hubs around the city. You can reserve the car to only use when you need it. Where gives you the ability to reserve a ZipCar directly from the application.

Another cool feature is that Where uses your location to find coupons to several stores around you. Within 15 miles of where I am now, I can get a free guitar tune up, 25% off all mongoose bikes, and $25 off tax preparation. All coupons “print” directly to your phone and can be saved or scanned directly from your phone at the store! Pretty cool stuff.

Final Verdict

You need to download this app. Though it has some minor drawbacks, it takes much of the information you would want to know about the city you’re exploring and packages it all in one convenient location. Also, having coupons at your fingertips to local locations is an awesome feature.

Pros:

  • One-stop travel shop
  • Event calendar helps you find what’s happening in your city
  • Wide range of features
  • Easy access to coupons from local vendors

Cons:

  • Though the main app itself has a very nice feel to it, some of the sub-menus are downright ugly
  • Seems to only recommend the major chain stores. I do enjoy finding the mom-and-pop shops, as they tend to have cooler (and weirder things).

Where is currently in version 1.9.1, and can be downloaded for free on the Android Market.

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Note: This review was submitted by Anthony Domanico as part of our app review contest.

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  • http://Website Kevin

    One issue with Where is that it is not available on the AT&T Nexus one.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ adomanico01

      SERIOUSLY???!?!? How did that happen?

      It says on the website it’s available for all Android devices, but I will send them an email to clarify. Any other users having this issue?

      • http://Website Nico

        It is not available on AT&T with the N1, I confirm. No matches for pname:com.ulocate in the Market. This happened to me a lot. EasyTether or PDANet for example are also not available…

  • http://Website Kel

    I am using (telus) hero on At&t, and it is not available.

    • http://www.where.com Nicole

      Hi Kel,
      WHERE would love to help you, but we need some clarification. Did you buy your hero from telus and are now using an AT&T sim card? Please let me know the details and we’ll see if there’s any way we can help you get WHERE.
      Thanks!
      -Nicole
      Where, Inc.

      • http://Website Kel

        Yes, I bought my Hero from Telus in canada, and I am using it on At&t in USA now.

        • http://www.where.com Nicole

          Please email me your contact information by sending it to [email protected] – we are working on a solution for you and can discuss next steps via email.
          Thanks!
          Nicole
          Where, Inc.

  • http://Website Marijn

    It’s not available here either (Belgium, Mobistar)

  • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ adomanico01

    Okay, so we’ve confirmed that it is a U.S. only app. Still don’t know why the At&t nexus one would not show this app in the market.

  • http://Website Anthony

    I’ve contacted Where through Twitter, and they confirmed that because of contractual issues with AT&T, this app is currently not available on AT&T’s network. They are actively working on a solution to bring this wonderful app to AT&T users. Look for it in the near future. Follow @WHERE or http://www.where.com for more information!

  • http://www.where.com Nicole

    Thanks for clarifying Anthony! WHERE is preloaded on many AT&T devices and is available for AT&T’s iPhone and BlackBerry devices. However, we are not a part of AT&T’s Android Market at this time, and therefore not available on the AT&T Nexus One yet due to those contractual obligations. We are in the process of developing a solution so stay tuned for updates!

    -Nicole
    Where, Inc.

  • http://Website Seth

    Support internet neutrality or this is the kind of shit you’ll be dealing with for the internet.

    • http://Website Anthony

      You mean people controlling who can have access to what content?

  • http://Website Rob

    Is there a way to get the APK file to load manually to circumvent this Market-control BS?

    • http://Website Anthony

      I will see what I can do. I know there is a way to extract the apk via Eclipse/SDK if you have it installed, but don’t know how to do that.

      • http://Website Rob

        Thanks, Anthony. Additionally the Android Market is a shockingly miserable interface … I am kind of surprised that (especially given the presumably hacklish nature of N1 and Android users) that there is not some independent site that has _all_ APKs for _all_ apps…

  • http://Website Anthony
    • http://Website Rob

      Brilliant! I’ll try to install it tonight and let you know what happens…!

      • http://Website Anthony

        Perfect. Please let me know how it went.

        • http://Website Rob

          Everybody– this worked like a champ. I followed the how-to at

          http://www.brighthub.com/mobile/google-android/articles/37151.aspx

          …and with Anthony’s APK file, it’s now running on my N1! Anthony is my new favorite person!

          I’ll check back here periodically to see if anybody else tries it.

          • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

            Well if I get the editor job here I’ll have to talk with Taylor about the possibility of including a link to the apk file just in case this issue arises. I don’t know whether there are any distribution issues at play here. If not, there’s always XDA.

  • http://Website Bryce

    Downloaded the apk copied it to my sd card and opened it on my phone installed perfectly and seems to be just fine. Thanks Anthony. This is why I love Android.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Glad it worked out for you. THis is why I love the community as well. Enjoy the app.

  • http://Website Mark

    How many times are we going to see these same apps over AND over AND over again?!?!?!?! All the same with restaurant reviews, weather and the likes. There are hundreds of them littered in the Android market and iPhone app store.