Version Reviewed: 1.5.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Resultly is a pretty powerful search engine tool that covers a wide variety of different interests, even if it might take a little while to truly master.
The idea behind it is reminiscent of something like the Google Alerts system, with users typing in the name of something of interest to them and Resultly informing them in realtime of any developments. It's extremely adaptable.
After entering the name of an item or interest, there's plenty of choice for a relevant category. These comprise of Travel, Housing, News, Jobs, Product, Deal, Book, Social and Media, giving an insight into what Resultly tracks. In each case, further options can adjust things quite accurately. It's possible, for instance, to keep an eye out for the presence of one particular subject through one particular service, such as YouTube or Netflix, and nothing further than that. Similarly, users can set up Resultly to look out for holiday deals priced between a certain range or a job that pays a certain amount.
Searches through Facebook or Twitter are similarly comprehensive, although they do require the user to sign in with their username and password. It's powerful stuff, and the kind of service that doesn't truly shine through until it's been used a few times.
At first, I saw it akin to a form of RSS Reader until I decided to keep an eye out for a good price for a new games console and then found it just as useful for that as for keeping on top of the latest political news. It does take a little time to get to grips with but once mastered, it saves users a heck of a lot of time online. There's no need to spend ages searching for a lot of content as Resultly has it already sorted out, and all in the background while the user is busy getting on with other things.
Resultly isn't the prettiest of apps and could probably do with a more comprehensive explanation of certain components, but that doesn't stop it being very useful indeed. The internet is overwhelmingly huge and Resultly goes some way to taming that behemoth.