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Lonely Planet City Guides Screenshot

On The Map: Lonely Planet's apps give their city-guide listings the GPS treatment, with map-based browsing of attractions and businesses; tap one of the map's pins for details about a location. The Nearby screen shows similar information, but in a list view of closest locations. These "what's near me" methods are the only way to browse business listings, making it better for finding something on the go than for planning a day.


Lonely Planet City Guides Screenshot

Book Browsing: All of the original book's material (apart from business listings) lands in The Book screen, where you drill into the table of contents to find out about the city's history, neighborhoods, culture, and attractions. The search bar on this screen scours only the book text, but you can search everything, including business listings, by tapping the Search button in the dock.

Lonely Planet City Guides
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Lonely Planet City Guides

Lonely Planet Publications

Lonely Planet is the most prolific and inventive of all travel guidebooks in adapting print material for iPhone. Content for the series' 20 city apps comes straight out of its books, so like the apps' print counterparts, business listings aren't always as fresh as you might find online, but the writerly descriptions of city sights are topnotch—and don't inflict ruinous network fees when roaming abroad.

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100% wrong. The Lonely Planet guides on the iPhone get terrible reviews - and they deserve it. They're incomplete, contain wrong information, don't work correctly (especially with 3.0 and above), and are almost as much as a paper guide. Don't make the same mistake I did.

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