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Field Trip for iOS

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 17, 2014

Field Trip sends you notifications whenever you're near something of interest, whether you're wandering around your hometown or exploring a new city. If you're interested in the history of an area or just want to find a great local restaurant, this app has the information you're looking for.

Pros

Multiple sources: This app uses multiple and varied sources to provide you with information about everything from historical sites to restaurants and entertainment. You can read Zagat reviews of area restaurants, or learn about the architecture of the buildings in your neighborhood from multiple industry Web sites.

Customizable notifications: If you want, the app will send you a notification any time you come near something that pops up in its search results. You can set these notifications to appear frequently, occasionally, or never, depending on your personal preference. Even if you're not getting notifications, though, you can still go into the app at any time to see a list of attractions close by.

Cons

Unclear radius: We were unable to find any information about the search radius the app uses to produce its results. While a large search area would be preferable in a more rural or suburban setting, a smaller one would be more manageable if you're exploring a new city. The results do appear in order from closest to farthest, however, so that helps a bit.

Map bugs: In addition to a list view with distances from your current location included, there is also a map view, so you can see where everything is in relation to you. However, while the map, itself, always showed up during our tests, the notable sites weren't always marked on it.

Bottom Line

This app is a great resource when you're exploring a new city, and it's a lot of fun to play with, even in areas you know quite well. There may be a few kinks to work out, but on the whole, this free program performs well and provides a lot of interesting and useful information.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3.0

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General

Release April 9, 2014
Date Added April 9, 2014
Version 1.3.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 6.0 or later.

Popularity

Total Downloads 87
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Field Trip, your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you is now on the iPhone! Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.

Field Trip can help you learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun. You select the local feeds you like and the information pops up on your phone automatically, as you walk next to those places.

The hyperlocal history experts of Arcadia and Historvius will unveil local lore in places you never expected. Trend-setting publications like Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Run Riot will point out the best places to eat and drink. Experts at Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista will guide you to the latest unique stores and products. Atlas Obscura and Daily Secret help you uncover hidden gems no matter where you are. Songkick and Flavorpill guide you to local music.

What did you discover today? Enrich yourself with a Field trip during your commute. Live like a local when you travel to new places. Eat and shop off the beaten path. Or simply discover the obscure history about your neighborhood during your next walk to the park.

Get ready to see this world with new eyes!

NOTE: This app is optimized for the iPhone, not the iPad.