Product Reviews

AppDate: Get going with TomTom Go

March 13th, 2015
In his latest application round up, SEAN BACHER highlights TomTom Go, Post it Wall Pro, MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport, Jumia catalogue search and Simfy for Windows Phone.
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TomTom Go

TomTom Go is a navigation app designed especially for Android devices. The app includes real time traffic updates, speed camera locations and even up-to-date road works. Maps are downloaded to the device, allowing navigation without a connection to the Internet. Users are offered up to 75km of navigation per month at no cost, but have the option to upgrade to a one- or three-year subscription with unlimited navigation.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free download, but with limited navigation. One-year subscription: R250; three years: R550.

Stockists: Google Play store.

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Post It Wall Pro

Post It Wall Pro is a digital version of the stick-on Post It notes used as reminders. Create a note and set a time and date for it to appear as a reminder or create a Windows Active Tile with it and place it on the Home screen. Notes can also be placed on the Lock Screen as well as within the apps menu.

Platform: Windows Phone 8.1 and above.

Expect to pay: R20

Stockists: Windows Phone Store.

MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport

The MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport lets users load a predetermined amount of cash in a certain currency on to the app before they depart for a foreign country. They can then convert that money to another currency within the app. The app currently supports British Pounds, Euros, US and Australian Dollars. The virtual card (displayed on the phone’s screen) can be used at any ATM or merchants that accept MasterCard.

Platform: Apple and Android.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: The store linked to your device.

Jumia catalogue search

Jumia catalogue search allows BlackBerry users in West Africa to search the Jumia product catalogue directly from the app on their phone – eliminating the need for a computer. Users are also able to share product searches via BBM, Twitter or Facebook and can also instantly make online purchases.

Platform: BlackBerry devices running OS10 and above.

Expect to pay: A free download, but a Jumia account is needed to access the store.

Stockists: BlackBerry World.

Simfy for Windows Phone

The Simfy for Windows Phone app integrates well with Live Tiles in that users can see track information without having to access the application. Simfy has created the app’s interface to look and feel like Windows Phone, so users wont have trouble using the menus. Once a playlist has been created, users have the option of streaming it when connected to the Internet, or they can set the playlist to be available offline, with all the tracks downloaded to the phone.

Platform: Windows Phone 8.1 and above.

Expect to pay: A free download with a 14-day trial. Thereafter around R60 per month.

Stockists: www.simfy.co.za

* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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