App of the day: Flight Finder review (iPhone)
Until someone invents teleportation, or Elon Musk works out how to build those fancy pneumatic tubes he's decided will be the future of global travel, we're stuck using planes. Although it's not really aircraft that are the problem, it's airports.
These are places that are as close an approximation as it's possible to get to hell on earth. Some of the worst parts are the information available to those of us going to catch flights, or to meet others getting off their plane. There are plenty of websites, but not much centrally collated information for those who use lots of different airports.
Flight Finder review
- iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch)
What Flight Finder does, is allow you to explore your commonly used airports, and check in to see what's happening with flights and delays. There's a screen for each airport that gives a list of flights either taking off or landing at your airport of choice. This information includes flight numbers, scheduled takeoff/landing time and the airport the plane is either travelling from, or to.
We love the fact that there's a "live" flight tracker built in too, because this allows you to see where the aircraft is when it's en route. Also nice to think of your loved ones keeping an eye on where you are in the sky, as you shoot across the earth at 500mph.
You can save individual flights or airports to the home screen. This way, news of arrivals at your frequently used airports is only a shortcut away. When you're saving a specific flight, you can also choose to give it a name, which means you can save a flight for your returning partner, or save details of all your upcoming travel. You can put in flight data well in advance, so if you're a frequent traveller you can get organised and always know what travel you have coming up.
Aesthetically, and functionally, the app is incredibly simple. There's a flat white look that we're told has been designed to integrate with iOS 7 when it launches. The app is mostly white, with some airport-style departure boards as you look through the app. It's skeuomorphism, we admit, but it looks fabulous nonetheless.
If you or your family fly a lot, this app will be well worth the £2.99. We can see it going down well with taxi drivers who do a lot of airport runs too. In fact, the uses are many and varied. It's well worth the money.