App name: Goby by Jim Fell
Description: What do you want do to this weekend? Goby helps you find fun things to do. Whether you're traveling across the country (currently US only) or staying close to home this weekend, Goby's got you covered with over 350 categories of things to do in every city and town in the US!
How it works: Right from the main screen you have three choices: Find cool stuff near me today; make weekend plans and explore new location. Selecting one of them gives you categories of things to do such as food and drink, events and places to stay. Selecting one of them will take you further into the search and gives you more options based on what you selected. For example, places to stay then gives you bed and breakfasts or hostels or other choices. Once you have selected what you want it gives you a list. Not sure if the list helps enough there is a map button at the top which shows all from the list.
The app gives you plenty of options to look into instead of just events. You can also just check out restaurants and bars in your area too. When you finally choose a place it gives a short description of the place, an address with the option to show a map, what's nearby and the phone number. If you select the phone number it will automatically go to your phone so a great way to keep the number for future reference. If there are any pictures they also are at the bottom of the selection.
If you're tired of the same city, you can plug in another city with the 'explore a new location' and it will have an option for categories and you can find those same things in another city like Chicago if you are planning on traveling.
Opinion: This app is very good. I was able to see things around my suburban area I didn't even know were there. I like the fact that it has more than just events and offers places like restaurants and such too. This app has a lot to offer that I haven't even been able to look at.
- Speed (4/5) - Moves quickly between screens, maps pull up nicely and zoom in and out without a hitch.
- Features (4/5) - Full of options to find what you want
- Theme (4/5) - Nice UI. Don't get the fish reference and Goby but it's cute.
- Overall (4/5) - Very nice app. Gives me things to look for free. Nicely done.
Conclusion: If you have run out of stuff to do or are planning a trip this app is great. Find places to go and new bars and restaurants right in your own area and wherever you might be going. A nicely made app that offers just what you are looking for.