We heard rumors that the guys at gothere.sg is doing a iPhone app since last year. Wait, it’s not even considered rumors. The co-founder themselves said that they are working on a iPhone app. After waiting for almost a year, the gothere.sg iPhone app is finally here. (What took them so long?)
It’s hard to justify the need to have another iPhone app for mapping when there is already Google Map built in for all iPhone. Furthermore, the gothere.sg iPhone app cost US$2.99. A lot of people were asking why should they pay for the gothere.sg iPhone app when the Google map is working well for them.
But to be fair, we can’t compare gothere.sg with Google map. The gothere.sg map is highly customized for Singapore. It has a lot of features that are specially tailored for local usage which cannot be found on the Google map.
Since this is the gothere.sg iPhone app, a lot of features are similar to the ones you find on the gothere.sg desktop version. You can view map, get driving and public transport direction. For driving, it will tell you the estimated travel time and ERP charges if any. You can choose to avoid ERP or Expressway if you want. For taxi, it will tell you the estimated cost of the trip plus surcharges if any. The estimate is usually quite accurate (plus/minus a bit depending on traffic condition).
My favorite feature is the ability to check the next SBS bus arrival timing. I know there are a couple of iPhone apps that does this already. But all these apps requires you to key in the bus stop number. What if I’m walking towards the bus stop and don’t know the bus stop number yet? Well, for gothere.sg iPhone app, just click on the bus stop on the map and you will see a pop up with the bus servicing that bus stop and their next arrival timing. Cool huh?
This feature is not available for SMRT buses because SMRT didn’t publish their next bus arrival timing online. SMRT, if you are reading this, please publish your next bus arrival timing online.
And if you click on a carpark, it will show you the parking charges for that carpark. Speaking of carpark, do you know that gothere.sg will give you direction all the way to the carpark entrance of the building you are going? Most mapping services out there only give you direction to the building and you will need to hunt down the carpark entrance. And if you don’t want to park at the building that you are going (maybe cause parking charges too high), gothere.sg also give you a few alternative carparks nearby. When you select it, the route automatically updates to that carpark you select. Great feature.
Another feature that I find it useful is the business listing. You can find out what shop is at the building easily on gothere.sg iPhone app. The business listing contain the shop’s address and contact number. For restaurant, there is also links to HungryGoWhere and Sparklette. Good for checking the reviews before making a reservation.
But the business listing seems incomplete. Can’t seem to find some shops in the listing. But to be fair, it’s going to be hard to list all the shops in Singapore. I guess it will take more time.
The gothere.sg is a great map application on iPhone customized for local needs. Totally worth the US$2.99 price tag. If you travel a lot in Singapore, the gothere.sg is a must have.
A great iPhone map application customized for local drivers and non-drivers.
Directions for driving, taxi and public transport
Next bus arrival timing
Food review from HungryGoWhere and Sparklette
Business listing not complete