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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

iPhone Friend Finder Apps: Loopt vs. Over Here

We've all become accustomed to answering the same old question every time we answer our cell phone-
 

Where are you?

 

over here friend finderThanks to new applications such as Loopt and Over Here, your friends don't need to ask anymore. Once you join either network, you can see if your buds are  just around the corner, or in a different continent.

Loopt and Over Here both monitor your friend's movements, but Loopt provides detailed data, including status updates for each of your friends.

Some users may consider the tracking technology as an invasion of privacy. The very concept sounds like a self-imposed probation tracker or something you would read about in a George Orwell novel, but these apps are designed for practical daily use, and they require friend approval.

Anyway, I downloaded both Apps, and Loopt has a serious advantages in three key areas:networking, accuracy and structure. Over Here, by Ed Lea , has several bugs and is only available on iPhone, while Loopt is available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Metro PCS, T-Mobile and Boost.

Loopt can sync your location and status with Twitter and Facebook. Over Here notifies your friends via email, which is convenient, but it's not as handy as the multiple outlets offered by Loopt.

Loopt wins in the accuracy category as well. On my first attempt to view my current location,  Over Here showed that I was in the middle of the Indian River. I live on an island, so I can understand the confusion, but I expected better accuracy. (If only I was lucky enough to blog from a personal yacht.)

My only gripe with Loopt was its tendency to crash when I attempted to enter my password. In this head-to-head comparison, Loopt wins by a significant margin. Apparently, I'm not the only iPhone user who thinks that Over Here needs a  lot of work, just read these reviews at getsatisfaction.com,

 

By Matt O'Hern at 09:08 AM | Comments (4)

(4) Thoughts on iPhone Friend Finder Apps: Loopt vs. Over Here

Moron:

Your sucky article ignores a key piece of information re: Loopt. It may not actually OWN its IP.

It's being sued by Earthcomber--which HAS a patent on said proximity location technology.

Here's an idea skippy: research your story beyond the companies in question. That's what real reporters do.

Give it a try, Eisenhower. God knows you may learn something.

That said, I won't hold my breath.

Comments by Idiot O'Hern : Please do your homework : Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 12:25 PM

In my humble opinion GTX Corp has by far and away the very best Apple App for GPS Friend Finder on the market:
"LOCiMe turns your iPhone into a 2-way GPS transceiver, sending your location to a friend, family member, loved one, colleague instantly via the GTX PLS Viewing Portal. Some popular ways to use LOCiMe include: Track an athlete, Keep tabs on "wanderers" such as Alzheimer's patients, a child, a loved one, the uses are endless."
Try it you'll love it!

Comments by Mark Kabbash : Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:21 AM

iLOCi2 and LOCiMe are powerful GPS People Finder Applications that allow you to locate your friends, children and co workers and transmit your location to others. The LOCi suite of GPS Personal Location Services currently works with the Apple iPhone (some apps on the iPod Touch), with Android and Blackberry phones soon to follow.
www.itunes.com/app/iloci2

Please tell two friends about this.

Comments by Mark Kabbash : Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Loopt is NOT SO ACCURATE. It also at times (many times) shown me in the middle of the ocean, swamps, fields. If I understand correctly it uses cell towers to bisect or tri sec your location. In a trisect it would be very accurate with in feet, but a bisect (two towers) it could be off by a couple of miles. It would depend upon the strength of signal and the ability to get accurate signal strength info and software calculations.

Comments by PM : Monday, November 30, 2009 at 02:02 AM

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