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iPhone App: TripView

Posted in Reviews, Sydney by humanb on September 29, 2009

iPhoen voerview The latest news is that Apple has exceeded 2 billion iPhone app downloads from the iTunes Store, and boasts more than 85,000 iPhone apps. Whoa. 85,000? Is that possible?

I’ve got about three and half pages of apps on my iPhone and I use fewer than five in any given week. Apple has done a great job of promoting and presenting its apps. At the App Store everything is colourful and enticing; but once you start buying, installing and trying apps, you realise there are very few you would actually try again, or at least with any regularity.  I threw out the US Constitution app like a half eaten toffee. Sure, I would like to be more familiar with the document, but who reads the Constitution when they’re waiting for a bus?

I don’t include game apps in this assessment, as I haven’t got the gene that makes playing computer and video games fun. And though I wouldn’t use most apps with any regularity, many of them are cool and well designed. Exhibit A: iSteam. Exhibit B: Zippo. But the primary measure of an app’s appeal is undoubtedly its usefulness; and one of the most useful apps I have found is TripView – Sydney.

tripview_blueTripView – Sydney ($1.99) and TripView Sydney Lite (Free) are digital compilations of all Sydney bus, rail and ferry timetables. The app is extremely user friendly and aesthetically clean. You can save multiple bus, rail and ferry routes in the $1.99 version, and when you select a route it will tell you automatically, given the current time, which trips you missed, and which trips are ahead, and by how many minutes. You can even see a replica of the rail station screens, showing which stops will be included on the route.

For someone like me who heavily uses bus, rail and ferry, this app has changed my world. Well, it has at least eliminated the stress of wondering when the next bus or ferry will come, and the hassle of having to carry around multiple timetables.

4 out of 5 stars

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  1. Condor said, on October 1, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I am impressed with what I hear about the iphone but wonder how many people over the age of 45 really know how to use it. Have they written an iphone for Dummies?

  2. humanb said, on October 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    The beauty of the iPhone is that with a brief demonstration, anyone can use it. I’m not at all tech savvy: I don’t know how to use other cell phones.

  3. mike rankin said, on November 10, 2009 at 1:38 am

    you might not have the game gene but what you lack there you more than make up for it with the soapbox gene

    • humanb said, on November 10, 2009 at 7:29 am

      Nicely put. And not untrue.


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