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iPhone and iPad App Review: TourWrist

by Kirsten on October 4, 2010

I had the pleasure of reviewing a wonderful new app for the iPhone and iPad. TourWrist is an innovative new application that allows users to travel remotely through the simple tap of the screen. Instantly users are taken away on a virtual tour of some of the most amazing cities, hotels, restaurants (and more!) in the world.

Using this app is like a real-life travel experience at the palm of your hands. My favorite tour was of the Chicago Riverwalk. Instantly I was transported right to the spot that I had just stood only months before. If I moved the iPhone up, then I could see the tops of all the buildings, the bright blue sky, and the beautiful skyline. If I turned around slowly, it was as if I was turning around while standing along the river in Chicago. Completely intuitive, an amazing tactile experience.

Here is a blurb from their website with more details:

With Tour Wrist®, iPhones and iPads become portals. So when you point your device up, you’ll truly appreciate a property’s grand staircase. Turning around gives you the full stadium seating experience. And looking down will reveal just how much leg space a vehicle has to offer. Plus, even if you don’t have an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or iPad, you can still view “tours” through our intuitive, touch-based controls. Check out travel destinations one minute, hotels and restaurants the next, or even look inside new homes. With powerful search, sort, and sharing tools, Tour Wrist® gives you the power to travel, remotely.

The app was extremely easy to use, and the search function operated without a hitch. Just what I would hope for with a new app on the market!

I have on great authority that there will be tons more tours offered soon, to the tune of 70,000 more in the next 4-6 weeks! For those with an inquiring mind like my own, here are the ways the tours are added:

There are a few ways tours get added:

  1. Professional photographers can import them one at a time using our site or in massive batch uploads.
  2. Individuals and businesses can hire professional photographers to document properties, create the tours, and upload to our system for them.
  3. Soon, a $9.99 TW Capture app will allow anyone with an iPhone 4, 3GS, or the new iPod Touch to create and post “AmaTours” in a matter of seconds. These tours may not be as high in quality, but will be extremely easy to make.

How wonderful is this! I can’t wait to see what they offer next, and in the meantime, I highly recommend downloading the TourWrist app from iTunes!

Love, K.

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Bing recently added a tool that allows you to compare current rates with historical ones for over thirty U.S. cities. When using this service, a map will pop up with flags, either red, yellow, or green. (Green is a steal, yellow is average, and red means steer clear.)

Bing Logo

I used this just the other day when looking at prices for flights. It gives you a great way to decide whether you want to risk waiting to book your flight later, or if it’s recommended you book now. With a current flight from SFO to Chicago around $400, Bing recommended I wait to book, as there is an 80% chance the price would drop by $50 in the next seven days. So, what did I do, I chose to wait! It also provided a great graph of the price trends of this particular flight showing when it was cheaper, more expensive, etc.

I wish all sites did this, and although I am unsure of the accuracy of this new tool, I would imagine a lot of research went into the development of it, so I will lean on the side of trusting their recommendations.

What do you think? Is this a useful tool you would like to see on all travel sites? Leave a comment below!

Love, K.

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Virgin Atlantic has recently released their “Jet Lag Fighter” app for both the iPhone and the iPad. Fighting jet lag is a common problem when you travel, so much so, that it can take every ounce of energy out of you, at completely the wrong time. I know that when I arrive to a location, I want to be ready to go, even should it mean to going to the nearest outdoor cafe for a cup of coffee, or an afternoon glass of wine.

This new app was released on May 12, 2010, so it’s brand spanking new. A great travel app is well worth the fee should it deliver as promised. Thankfully, this one is only $1.99, so even if it isn’t the greatest, you aren’t out too much money. In the screen shots of the app below, you can see it is designed to tell you how to eliminate jet lag by alerting you when to get more light, get exercise, or avoid light, all things that have a very direct impact on jet lag.

Virgin Atlantic Jet Lag App

Virgin Atlantic partnered with the advice of Dr. Chris Idzikowski, allowing the user to enter in their flight details which then gives the app the proper information to let it figure out whether you need a sleep adjustment or light adjustment. An app that teaches you how to best get through jet lag is long overdue. I understand there to be a couple other apps out there, but this one is deemed to be superior.

What do you think, will you download this new app? If so, what do you think of it? If you have used it and have some feedback, good or bad, leave a comment below!

Love, K.

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