Developer: FutureTap
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s a feature that many of us have missed since iOS 5.0, the ability to see the actual street view of a location via Maps. Street View adds that ability once more, and is both useful and fascinating to browse through.

The app is suitably simple to use. Much like Maps, it’s all just a matter of either viewing by the current location or typing in an address before tapping on the orange person to zoom in. According to the App Store description, it’s possible to launch the app through Maps itself, something that I couldn’t figure out, but I didn’t feel perturbed by the need to switch between the apps manually.

Such views are as accurate as Google has made them, making it possible to browse pretty much anywhere imaginable. Street View even comes with its own list of suggestions, making it fun to sightsee iconic locations around the world. Even better, it’s possible to browse inside certain locations such as famous art galleries as well as resorts such as Disneyland. This could even work as a form of educational tool and it’s fun to look around.

Throughout the app, it’s immensely simple to use. Swipes and simple taps initiate everything possible, with a tap on the relevant arrow helping the user negotiate the streets of their chosen location. Further functionality stems from the ability to view locations of contacts, through one tap, as well as switch between satellite or hybrid modes with a quick swipe and tap. Everything is very intuitive.

It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t figure out how to launch the app via Maps, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment. Providing educational resources, intrigue and practical uses, Street View is an ideal app for many different purposes.

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