Did you put an iPad on your wish list this holiday season? Or are you one of the millions of people out there who already owns one? If so, we have some exciting news for you.
Today, TripAdvisor announced the launch of its free iPad app, available now in the Apple App Store. The app has all of the functionality travelers have come to know and love in TripAdvisor’s other mobile offerings, but also includes some new features unique to the iPad.
For example, the app allows travelers to use map-based browsing on their iPad to quickly search for nearby restaurants, hotels, and attractions in a destination. Within the map view, travelers can easily view TripAdvisor traveler ratings and reviews in order to compare different options.
If you want to check out points of interest in another part of your destination, you can move the map around with the slide of a finger and conduct a map-based search with the simple click of a button. You can also easily zoom in and out on a destination to really get the lay of the land.
In addition to its map-based functionality, the TripAdvisor iPad app includes a number of other helpful features for travelers on the go, including:
- TripAdvisor’s more than 40 million reviews and opinions for hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Travelers can even add their own reviews while their experiences are fresh.
- Ability to find cheap flights using the award-winning TripAdvisor Flights search engine and compare airline fees using its Fees Estimator.
- “Near Me Now” functionality, so travelers can determine what hotels, restaurants and attractions are nearby.
- Access to the TripAdvisor forums, where users can ask questions of their fellow travelers and receive helpful feedback.
- Full-screen traveler photos of hotels, restaurants, attractions and destinations.
If you have an iPad, be sure to check out TripAdvisor’s new app so you can get a head start on your 2011 travel planning. The app is available in 18 languages and 26 countries around the world.
If you don’t have an iPad, don’t fret! TripAdvisor has free mobile apps available for the iPhone, Android, Nokia, and Palm smartphones, and a mobile website for all major mobile devices.
Have a question about the new app? Feel free to ask in the comments section below.