AroundMe

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Location info about surroundings not safe for kids.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Augmented reality didn't automatically launch when we turned the phone to landscape the way it's supposed to. Otherwise the app is fast and easy to use. Enter an address, choose the type of business from the generated list - restaurants, ATM, coffee house, etc. - and see what's nearby up to a few miles away. Tap to call the establishment or e-mail its address to a friend.

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Consumerism

Small banner ads are displayed on some pages. Also, a $9 mapping add-on is disguised as a menu option.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bar and pubs are included in lists of nearby establishments.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this navigation tool allows kids to find out information about their surroundings. It includes listings for bars, pubs, and hotels, and because it's location-based technology, unthinking kids could compromise their physical safety if they post their locations on Twitter or Facebook. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

User Reviews

Parent of a 2, 4, 9, and 11 year old Written byJacobyShaddix32 October 21, 2010
nice app
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymumbai62 August 3, 2010
whoa i recommend for age 6 to 7
Kid, 12 years old July 1, 2010

Is it any good?

AroundMe is an extremely useful app. Need to know where the closest gas station, hospital, restaurant or movie theater is? AroundMe provides quick, step-by-step GPS-based directions. The app incorporates Google maps, including the very useful 360-degree street-level view of your surroundings. It just added augmented reality, a new mapping technology that opens your camera and displays labels of nearby businesses on the live screen.

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