Feeling judgemental? Google Places makes it easy to search for nearby stuff and read other's people's damning reviews, as well as find out the gory details of opening hours and contact numbers.
Tells you where to go
Places is actually an update to the Google Maps app, so don't go looking for it in the app store under its own name. Instead, search for Google Maps and install the latest 4.4 version. But you may have problems if you're blessed with version 2.2 of Android, which is currently only available on the. The installation failed for us on that version, but worked fine on a running Android 2.1.
Once Places is installed, you can get at the new features in two ways -- click the Places icon that's been dropped into your app menu, or search for what you're looking for directly in Google Maps.
If you use the Places app, it's essentially a list of shortcuts to search Google's directory of shops, restaurants, pubs and other attractions. The results are delivered in a handy list, with a snippet of review for each. But we were confused with the order of results, which didn't seem to be sorted in distance or alphabetical order. We also disliked the fact that all the distances where shown in Imperial units, with Americanisms such as "gas station", and no option to change these.