Last week we were happy to announce that we had finally launched our iPhone app and it is now available to download for free from the iTunes store. But why download it and what is so good about it? We sat down with one of our customers in Manchester to give it a test-run and asked them to review it for us.
The walkthrough: On the app’s homepage you can search for a room by entering your chosen destination, check-in and check-out dates and the number of people looking for a place, before giving you a list of all the available properties for your chosen dates. Clicking on one room or apartment will load that page, allowing you to view its pictures, see where it is on the map, read reviews (if any) and a description of the place, see how much it is (you can also change the currency), as well as the host’s bio if they have filled out their info.
If you want to book that room or apartment you can ‘request a booking’, which will be sent straight to the host who will reply as quickly as possible (usually within 24 hours) as to whether they and their place is available when you want it. If it is, you are then sent a reply asking if you want to book it. You can use this app not only as a customer but also a host so you can also list your own property to rent out and make money.
The interface: “The layout is basic yet compact, but that’s not a bad thing – it’s easier to navigate and very quick to get the hang of.”
The features: “The app has the same features as on the website, so it’s not exactly like a down-graded version and you can do everything on it as you can on the original site. It’s probably more convenient for customers and hosts who are always on the move – no need for a computer and no longer need to use your mobile’s internet to access the full site either.”
Positives: “It is very simple to use and not too clustered. The quality of the graphics is also really good and file size-wise it’s not a very big app so doesn’t take up a lot of memory on the phone.”
Negatives: “Can sometimes be a bit slow to load some pages with pictures that are too big when using 3G, but connecting to a wireless network is better.”
The app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generation) and the iPad, requiring iOS 5.0 or later. While the iPhone app is our first-stepping stone into the mobile world, in the future we hope to expand this further afield to developing one Android as well, so watch this space… In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the iPhone app!