Use Searchme: to Flip Through Web Pages Like iPod CD Covers

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searchme iphone web searchSearchme:, developed by Searchme: is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" kinds of apps. It's an innovative approach to Web searching that is optimized for the iPhone. And it's cool beans.

Here's what Searchme does: Enter your search term into the search bar at the top of the screen. In my example, I used "fighter jet." Up pops several related Web pages that I can then finger flip through using Apple's "cover flow" technology — just as I would flip album covers using my iPod.

You can only get a general idea of what information each Web page contains (they're small) but there's a caption under each page to help you determine which page might be closest to what you're searching for.

Tap on a Web page that looks right, and Searchme will launch Safari so you can look at the page as you would any other Web page. Having to use Safari as the Web browser adds an additional step to the process, but I'm unsure how else you might be able to do something like this with fewer steps.

The other drawback is if the page you selected does not contain the information you're looking for, you have to bounce out of Safari and relaunch Searchme. Fortunately, your search results will still be there, so it's not as though you need to redo the entire process.

It's one of those "six of one, half a dozen of the other" kind of things, I guess.

You can narrow your search further by selecting one of a number of related categories that appear as icons as you type in your search terms. It's a bit hard to explain, the icons are predictive — that is, they change while you're entering your search term according to the query.

In the instance of "fighter jet," I can select "military," aeronautics, videogames — even model making — among other categories.

Searchme has some pimples, but it's a new way of Web searching optimized for the iPhone. This one is a keeper for me.

It works well on Wi-Fi and just as you would expect over EDGE and 3G.

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