Burrp has been integrated with Nokia Maps on Symbian-powered phones for a while now, but it did not have much else to offer the mobile user—who, when you consider its utility, constitutes a large part of its target demographic. The company is now rectifying that with the launch of its free iPhone app.
Burrp is a popular website that offers recommendations for Food & Nightlife, Beauty & Fitness, Shopping, Events and Movies for several of the largest cities in India. It has ratings and reviews, addresses, phone numbers and directions, and showtimes for movies, among other features.
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The iPhone app works with all the places that Burrp operates in, so you can use it if you reside in (or are visiting) Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi/NCR, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai or Pune. If you live in any other city, however, you’ll have to wait for the app to add support for it before you can get much use out of it.
It is supposed to detect your location and then show you recommendations for things to do nearby. However, the location detection often does not work as advertised, and you will find yourself having to manually specify it to the app. Even lists that are ostensibly sorted by location tended to be jumbled up in our tests, with things that are actually closest to you ending up three or four places down on it.
When you select any of the listed places, you can read reviews, look up their addresses and phone numbers, see them plotted on a map, get directions and call them from within the app. For movies, you can check show timings and book tickets; for restaurants, you can filter by type of cuisine and check whether they have Burrp’s certification and offer home delivery.
In its current form, Burrp is definitely not on the top of our list of must-have iPhone apps for an Indian resident or tourist. The location-related bugs sour the experience and the UI design leaves much to be desired. More discerning users might find MapmyIndia ShowNearby or Zomato more to their liking, although good UI design is not really a hallmark of those apps either.
If you already use Burrp, however, the iPhone app is a good way to bring its database with you when you leave the house, and it can be a handy app to have if you visit any of the cities on its roster.