Review – “Take a $10 tour of NYC and learn about the history of its Subway system!”
If you’ve ever done much traveling and/or site-seeing you probably know that hiring a tour-guide can be quite expensive. Well thanks to Sploro, your iPhone can now double as your own personal tour guide! In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the tour of the NY Subway system, but there are plenty of other destinations available in the App Store if you’re interested!
When you open Sploro the first thing you see is a cute graphic with small photos of landmarks with feet shown walking between them. At the bottom of this screen are 3 menu options. The first one will take you straight to your tour, and the other two will show you list of other available tours close to the one you’re viewing and allow to keep up with the latest updates on upcoming tours as they become available!
The first screen you will see once you get started on your tour is an overview of all the stops you will make along the way. The overview includes a thumbnail picture, a title, a general location and a short paragraph of information. At the bottom of the screen are some basic navigation buttons. The “Map” button will give you an overview of where all the stops on the tour are, the “Directions” button will give you a summary the directions for getting from one point to another and the “Tour Details” is a comprehensive list of all stops on the tour with some basic information about what it is you will see on it!
All you have to do to get started on the tour is touch the first stop. When you do you’ll be taken to a screen with some photos at the top, playback controls just below those and “Map” and “Directions” buttons at the bottom of the screen. Finding the starting point is simple. You can either touch the “Directions” button to receive directions or touch the “Map” button to view an overview of your tour. From the map overview, you can touch the button in the upper right corner of the screen to see where you are in relation to the stops on your tour.
Once you have found the place the tour specifies that you start out just touch the play button. In the NY Subway Tour, the first audio talks about the history of the New York Subway and the important role that it played in making New York City the largest tourist stop in the United States! While you’re listening to the audio you can “swipe” through the pictures related to that site as well.
Once you’re done at your current destination all you have to do is touch the “skip forward” button to switch the app to the next destination. Again you will be given the same two buttons at the bottom of the screen to help you find the next destination. You can either use the ‘Directions” or just walk towards the next point on the map using your iPhone’s GPS to see where you are in relation to it.
I’ll have to say that I was very impressed with the wealth of historical information that was included in this particular tour. Even though I don’t live in New York it was very interesting to find out about the history of the Subway, from how it was built to what kind of an impact it has made over the years! This coupled with the integrated tools to help you find your way make this app a winner in my opinion!
After seeing this app, and all of the great information it contains I would definitely recommend it! While the price did seem a bit high at first, it is obvious that a lot of work went into putting all of this material together. I know that I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Sploro tours in areas where I intend to travel to in the future. If you’re planning a trip to New York, or if you live close and would like to know a little about it’s history then what are you waiting for? Check out Sploro today!