The infamous Yellow Pages has really had no choice but to embrace digital reinventions of itself and while the Yellow Pages Mobile app rolled out quite some time ago, it scored a 2011 “Best in Mobile” Digi Award winner for location services. There are many features and aspects of YP mobile that businesses may be drawn to, but from a consumer stand-point, YP Local Search & Gas Prices for iPhone is a truly useful app. The recent update to improve loading times has resulted in an all-around quick, convenient go-to app when you want information about local businesses on the go.
YP mobile provides users with useful information that is both easily accessible and relevant to current location. Key features for the consumer include current gas prices, nearby movie theatres and show times, restaurant locator, and mobile deals in the form of area business coupons or specials. YP mobile also lets you search area businesses or service providers by name or category. You can enter a search term or tap to simply say what you’re looking for. A shortcut option is also available to customize information displayed on the home screen – such as weather, best gas price, or area events.
The two best features of YP mobile are the up-to-date gas pricing and restaurant locator. Gas prices are sorted by distance from station, but the best price is highlighted, and the list population is quick and easy to view. Restaurants can be sorted by price range, type of cuisine and distance from current location. Many of the listed eateries also have access to their menus so you can decide ahead of time what you want. Whether you want a coffee or an egg roll, you can quickly sort through nearby locations and view customer ratings and reviews.
Essentially, YP Local Search & Gas Prices is an all-in-one for finding restaurants, reviews, services, checking gas prices, getting local weather, getting directions and looking up numbers. The voice search is efficient and nearly always populates relevant results and the interface, while not elegant, is streamlined and efficient. There is even a folder for saving those places you frequently visit or call. The deals section may vary with location, ranging from several to very few, and any business category can be filtered to show only those with deals available.
Whether you travel frequently or just want easy access to area business information, YP Local Search & Gas Prices is a great app. It’s free to download and use and provides a plethora of information you can use on the go.