Review: Take a visual city tour with PicsAround

Find historical landmarks with this easy-to-use app.

PicsAround is a unique app that lets you explore an area of town using pictures. We were skeptical of what it could produce, but were pleasantly surprised by the historical landmarks it found.

Unsurprisingly, PicsAround needs to use your current location data to pull up pictures. Once we allowed the app to pull our data, it went to work finding fun places. We were actually out of town when we tested the app, and not in the most vibrant part of the city. We were curious to see what the app could find, and were surprised to find that it located two historical landmarks not too far from where we were. We tapped each picture and the app displayed each landmark's coordinates, the building's architectural style, the date it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and other details pulled from Wikipedia. In a sea of chain restaurants and hotels, it was nice to find two historic spots that we'd actually want to visit. If the results are a little too narrow for you, you can adjust the search radius in the Settings menu. The only feature that was disappointing was the Compass, which lets you turn your phone to explore nearby pics. The app didn't produce any pics, but we're guessing it was because of our location; a busier location would probably produce more pictures to view. However, you can add your own pictures for others to see.

If you're a fan of exploring historic landmarks, PicsAround is a great app to have on hand. We recommend it for all users.

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