10. 20. 2008
TheFind shopping search engine - iPhone version
My main reason for upgrading to the iPhone 3G not long after I'd purchased my original iPhone was the promise of location applications that would work with much better accuracy with the real GPS on the 3G than with the fake GPS on the original. My pages are loaded with location apps for restaurants and apps that tell me where I last left my car or tell other people where I am when I'm lost (which, sadly, is often).
Store locator apps are great when you're out of town, or even when you're in town (who knows every store in their own neighborhood?). But combine this with the ability to find specific products and you're really taking advantage of capabilities of the iPhone. The iPhone version of TheFind.com, a popular second generation online shopping search engine, does just this, and, much more importantly, it does it very well.
Recently, I was looking for a store that sold Uglydolls, which aren't available at all toy stores. I searched "Uglydolls" and, ta-da, up came a list almost instantly of all the stores nearby that had them, with specific items and prices. With a click, I called a store, another click gave me directions (and if I cared, I could have checked prices on the Web for comparison).
What I'd like to see next is a restaurant locator that searches specific food. Say you're out and have a hankering for potato pancakes, so you want to know which nearby restaurant serves it. Yes, you can read all the reviews that come up in those apps that find restaurants, but wouldn't it be nice if you could just type in "potato pancakes" and get a list of restaurants that serve it? Once your list is narrowed by food, you can then go in and read the reviews.
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