Version Reviewed: 1.4
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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The zenith of mankind’s achievement may very be the ability to order food for delivery. When we’re too lazy to cook and too lazy to go somewhere to have someone cook for us, we can contact a restaurant and order food that they bring right to our door! That’s just absolutely brilliant. Of course, the problem comes with actually having to call places to put in orders. Who wants to talk on the phone to anyone, ever? Online ordering does exist, but there’s so many sites with so many proprietary logins with the requirement to put in my credit card info again that it just gets tiring. I’m ordering delivery because I don’t want to do this work! Then, a friend informed me about Seamless for food delivery here in Chicago (it's available in a variety of other cities around the US), and I decided to check out their iPad app. It has changed my world when it comes to food delivery, something I've taken advantage of while getting used to this new city.
First off, it’s easy to find my location instantaneously, with the ability to refine the exact address before ordering. Second, only restaurants that actually deliver to my area are shown, and the app shows a warning if switching to a saved address that isn’t in the delivery area. Third, adding and removing cuisine options is simple, so for those in the mood for something like pizza, or Thai, it’s easy to just select that option. Or, add in both in case deciding between Thai and pizza is something that can’t be decided right now. Excluding cuisine choices is possible as well. Then, items can be added and modifications to the items made, including special preparation instructions and meal add-ons. The minimum delivery amount is given as well and easily trackable. Then, with a credit card saved, just confirm the order and off it goes. Soon, delicious food is at my door. Perfection. It’s too easy to use Seamless, it is downright dangerous.
The app requires putting in a “Cross Street” with the address, which is just annoying if not near an intersecting street; it may help with delivery, though few other online delivery mechanisms require this kind of information, so it’ s more liable to cause confusion than to help out at all. Tipping usually is set at a value around $2, which seems a bit low for some orders, though proper tipping values are basically impossible to figure out. This is why I like Uber: they take care of that automatically. An app that automatically handles the tip for delivery orders may be the greatest thing ever.
Seamless truly lives up to its name: it is an amazing way to order food. The only reason to not order delivery with it is if a restaurant is not on it, and with thousands of restaurants listed, that number is small.