A pocket guide that needs a bit of direction
At some point in our lives, we’ve had to look at a map or jumped onto Google to find a location. Whether you’re trying to find a nearby restaurant, or just want to know what’s worth seeing nearby, it’s often a herculean task that involves stopping people on the street or walking around until you find what you want.
AppsArabia’s app CityEye hopes to change all of that. Available for iOS, it allows you to explore Points of Interest (POI) in various countries in the Middle East & North Africa. It’s a handy way to see what’s around you without causing too much of chaos, and for most purposes it works.
The app has three kinds of ‘views’ – camera, map, and list. Camera view will turn on your rear camera and let you pan around while showing you nearby locations as blue icons. The Map view is more useful, and shows you your current location and nearby POIs, while the List view just provides a list of nearby locations. Once you’ve found a location you can tap on the icon to view more information on it such as a telephone number or other contact details, as well as share the location information on Twitter or Facebook. There’s also a filter option so that you can choose what kind of POIs are displayed in the app, so if for example you don’t need to know what banks are nearby, you can filter this category out.
Rather than pulling POI information from say Google Maps, CityEye relies on the community to submit POIs via their website, which unfortunately at the time of writing was not available. I’m hoping that you can simply provide the location and details from within the app itself and not have to worry about getting the exact coordinates etc.
The app is also bilingual, so if you turn your iPhone around you’ll see the Arabic version of the app, but unfortunately no matter how many times I waved my iPhone around I could only get English text to show. The app also crashed a number of times when I was filtering categories or scrolling around the map, so hopefully these will be sorted out in future releases.
CityEye is available in Lite and Paid version in the iTunes store.