Forum Review: Living Social for the iPhone

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Living Social Forum Review by msbaylor

Living Social is a very interesting app.

The LivingSocial app allows you to keep track of movies you've watched, want to see, didn't like, etc. and the ratings you give them. It also does this with books, restaurants, beer, video games, & music. It will also give you recommendations in each category (provided you have entered a few entries). I personally like this because I can keep track of videos I've liked, what I want to see, books I want to read, places I want to eat at, etc. It is also somewhat of an inventory application because you can mark each entry as owned, want it, etc.

In the image above you cannot see it, but there is a button at the bottom that when touched, will give you recommendations for that category.

In each category you can search for a particular item - movie, book, restaurant in your city/town, etc.

I like the application UrbanSpoon, but it does not list my location within the application, however using this application, I can do somewhat the same thing. Unlike Urbanspoon, LivingSocial relies upon users to catalog information rather than the developers doing it.

You will have to create an account at LivingSocial before you can begin using the application.

You can also edit your entries online, and it seems to be faster to get started with. Within the actual website you can also lookup TV Shows, which is not in the app for some reason.

There is a feed button, which I am not real sure what this is. My guess is, that it is the latest things that users are doing in that particular category. You have the option to add friends and then check to see what you friends have been watching/reading/etc. somewhat like the Facebook feed.

Conclusion

I would like to see the addition of the TVShows category and a Wine category would be nice (as I am not a beer drinker).

Also you cannot search through your favorites or what you've done. However if you use the search function, when it lists the results it will say if you've watched it or whatever (see screen shot above).

Pros:

  • FREE
  • Great social app, especially if there is an app that doesn't include the categories you like or doesn't support you city.
  • Syncs with you account very quickly.
  • Wide range of items.

Cons:

  • UI is a bit clunky - it's hard to get from one category to another
  • It's somewhat hard to get started on the application itself,should use a computer's browser to add first entries.
  • Cannot search created lists directly.
  • No instructions for app found...yet

Forum Review Rating:

TiPb Forums Review: 3 Star App

[Living Social is available from the iTunes App Store]

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Forum Review: Living Social for the iPhone

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Just got this app to check it out based on this review. It's certainly easier to do the setup via their website if, like me, you've got a substantial collection.

After speaking with the company thatreleased the software I made metion about adding wine to their categories and it seems that it will be come out soon. I really hope they allow the iPhone app to work with the category as well...it then might be just the best wine app out there for the iPhone.

What a neat way to spice up an iphone, I had not heard of this before from any cell phone maker. I constantly Compare mobile phone offers and I am yet to read something that intrigues me like this. THis would be great for ogranizing my life!

I have the iPhone app still. It seems like livingSocial has taken a new route.
Their app still works for those who have it. however there are so many bugs. Like for example. Sometimes when it FEELS like it, it will update/add the movies onto the livingsocial website. all n' all. I think I may have to find a new app to categorize things.