Version Reviewed: 7.8.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5/Apple Watch
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On the surface, the Yellow Pages app seems like a pretty good fit for the Apple Watch. To an extent, it is. The only problem is that it’s not always accurate.
If you’re out and about, and in need of some help with finding your way around, you can easily pull up the Yellow Pages and browse addresses and numbers by category, marked favorites, browsing history, or speaking the name into your watch. The app will pull up a list of nearby locations that match the criteria, and from there it’s a simple matter of tapping on an entry to get more information or jump into the Maps app for directions.
After that it falls apart rather rapidly.
To be clear, there is a certain level of usefulness to the Yellow Pages app, but there are also a few glaring problems. For starters, the list of matches it provides isn’t organized by distance, which means you might have to scroll down to find the closest one. The list also isn’t complete much of the time, with certain locations I know should be showing up that simply aren’t (but they’ll show up in the iPhone app). Finally, you can’t call a location from your Apple Watch. You can do it from the iPhone app, but despite seeing the phone number on the watch’s display you can’t actually give them a ring. Why is this not an option? It’s not like the watch couldn’t do it.
It’s nice to have an organized list of categories to browse through, and to be able to mark favorites and the like, but in all honesty I’ve had better luck using Siri on the Apple Watch to ask “Where’s the nearest ____” then with using the Yellow Pages app.