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Android app Poynt gives you direction

by Ian Black

Need direction in life? Who doesn't? Poynt aims to provide it with location-based search in a variety of categories.

The app's main categories match the common questions in life — What to eat? Where to go? What to do? Who is that? The "Restaurants" section provides a list of nearby restaurants, and displays reviews, directions and contact info. "Events" gives a list of current shows, sports and museums, with pricing and descriptions. "Gas" shows nearby stations and their prices for a gallon of regular. "Movies" lists current films and ratings, and lets you buy tickets. And the "People" section enables you to look up individuals by name, address or phone number.

The good? The search results come from multiple sources, so they feel fresh and current. The restaurant lists, for example, pipes in from OpenTable, SuperPages and CitySearch. Also, the app is really fast, so you won't be waiting around for destination options.

The bad? The categories seem a little thrown together. "Restaurants," "Events" and "Movies" make a nice group, but "People" and "Gas"? The app also displays the weather in your current location on the main screen. It's easy to get the impression the app creators are using the "everything including the kitchen sink" methodology for new feature priorities.

Still, all the information is useful, and speed matters. If you need to know where to go, check it out.

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