Review Date: 14 Aug 2008
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Reviewed By: Alan Stonebridge
Locly taps into the iPhone's location services to help you discover what's around you, such as ATMs, taxi firms and other local amenities.
It's a great example of how GPS can serve all iPhone owners, not just in-car navigation to which it is traditionally linked.
Its accuracy can be tailored by flipping the application over to reveal the settings page, where it can be adjusted from a best setting, or through a range of values from 10m up to 3km.
The software is comprised of two parts - a native application that uses the iPhone's location services to determine where you are, and once it has pinned you down, the application passes the information on to its website component, which opens in Safari. The website lists several categories of useful information, including Wikipedia articles on local points of interest, pubs and restaurants. Other areas, notably the often pages-long streams of Flickr photos, could do with sprucing up or being searchable by tags.
It's the information-driven listings that prove most useful, especially when trying to find a venue or a cash machine. They link directly to the Maps application, which presently sets the target as your current location. It could do with a tweak to automatically switch to this, but Locly is still invaluable when you find yourself wandering off the beaten track.
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