Developer: Martin Tran
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★☆☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Plaswers is a real-time question and answer app where iOS users can get instant feedback about places without having to skim through online reviews and search results. While the app provides a nice alternative to users, there are a few setbacks that are worth mentioning.

Plaswers is all about right now. After users sign up with an account, they can immediately start asking and answering questions. To look-up a place tap the search button located in the lower left corner, then ask a question about it using Karma points. Once a question is asked, users will receive answers. Answers may be in the form of a message, picture, or video.

plaswers 2plaswers 1Karma points are earned by answering other users’ questions. Karma points are essential because users need them to ask questions. Users can down vote answers, which in turn results in zero karma points and helps keep other users honest. Karma points can be located in the Profile section of the app that displays the user’s profile name, picture, questions, and answers as well.

The user-interface is sleek, but the app can be confusing to use at first. An actual in-app tutorial may help users become more familiar with the app. I had a hard time navigating the Search menu to find locations near me and an even more difficult time figuring out how to ask a question. The other setback is that there aren’t that many users, which means getting answers to questions may be pretty difficult — especially for those who live in smaller cities. The app needs to grow more before it’s beneficial.

Plaswers is a great idea and has plenty of potential. Users are always seeking reviews, but sometimes it’s so much easier just to ask someone who has actually been there. Hopefully an update helps make the app easier-to-use and more users jump on board to explore what it has to offer. For now, it may be worth keeping on the back burner to see how it improves and grows.

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