UpNext Releases 3D iPhone App

picture-10UpNext has brought its 3D cityguide and community site to the iPhone. It covers Manhattan only today but it’s a very nice app featuring 3D rendering of buildings. It also offers the full range of local search data including business details, ratings and community notes. It also includes transit information, which is very useful in NYC. And of course it taps into GPS and triangulation to locate users.

People can rate businesses directly from the app as well as upload photos at listings/venue-level pages. It’s visually very impressive and probably more useful in some respects than the company’s online site. While Google Earth and Live Search Maps offer comparable 3D imagery online they don’t in mobile. However, Google Street View and Panoramio photos are available on the iPhone. More street level and venue images would definitely enhance the UpNext app.

Users can search on the UpNext app by category and keyword and move quickly through locations highlighted on the map. It also offers what the company calls “tap search.” By tapping a building you can see a list of the businesses located inside. The operation (at least on WiFi) is very smooth. Since it’s all about the visuals, here’s a video demo.

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Right now it costs $2.99 based on user feedback UpNext received during the beta trial. That price point is higher than most comparable apps in the local space. But the company needs revenue. UpNext is also looking for additional monetization options so contact them if you want your ads on their site.

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