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Poynt Navigation App Available Now

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At the beginning of January 2010, an application called Poynt was being demoed at CES. The app, which debuted on Blackberry, is a location-based application.

The app allows users to locally search for people, businesses, movies, and restaurants based on your location (GPS). When users locate a person, business, movie, or restaurant, they can move the iPhone to their face, as in making a phone call, and the app launches into a call automatically!

Poynt on the iPhone also makes use of the iPhone accelerometer. How this works is when iPhone users turn their device to landscape, the app launches Maps with included pins showing what the user was searching for. For example, if you are looking for a restaurant, when you see the list of restaurants, turn the iPhone sideways and voila! To go back to the list, bring the iPhone back into portrait orientation.

But it gets even better!

The app makes use of Augmented Reality when in the aforementioned Map view. While this is an iPhone 3GS-only feature, I’m really glad they included this, as looking at a map is one thing, but looking through your camera to find a location is something completely different (and awesome!). You could say the app is a lot like Urban Spoon, but I find that Poynt flows much better.

Well, it is a little late, but Poynt is finally available in the App Store for free! Check it out and let us know what you think.

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  • Downloaded and this thing is very cool.
    Search for a person, turn on its side and it shows a map. tap direction and it will show you the route on foot, by bus (complete witht times the bus will arrive and transfer bus numbers) and by car. If you click Start it acts as a GPS (Top down view) to tell you where to go. I have not tested to see if there is voice. I assume not.
    In business, it does what you would expect. type in Flowers and it will give you the closest flower shop.

    This is a cool and must have app, especially while its free! Get it now before they clue in!

  • I also tested it out, and it's pretty fun to use. Love the autocalling, makes it that much more easier!

  • Downloaded and this thing is very cool.
    Search for a person, turn on its side and it shows a map. tap direction and it will show you the route on foot, by bus (complete witht times the bus will arrive and transfer bus numbers) and by car. If you click Start it acts as a GPS (Top down view) to tell you where to go. I have not tested to see if there is voice. I assume not.
    In business, it does what you would expect. type in Flowers and it will give you the closest flower shop.

    This is a cool and must have app, especially while its free! Get it now before they clue in!

  • I also tested it out, and it's pretty fun to use. Love the autocalling, makes it that much more easier!

  • Bryan

    I hate poynt. They refuse (ignore me) to remove an unlisted address. We are COMPLETELY unlisted but they show our address and will even map to our home.

  • René

    Well don’t blame Poynt for this. I’ll poynt you on the right direction. You have to call your local phone company to remove an unlisted address. Poynt just uses the list from White/Yellow pages company by paying an annual fee.

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