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Weotta for iOS review: Excellent for finding activities near you

The Good Weotta pulls from social networks and review sources to give you comprehensive listings of activities in your area. Its Deep Search technology lets you use natural language to perform searches.

The Bad The subcategories can get very specific where the resulting list is not very accurate.

The Bottom Line No matter your interests or tastes, Weotta is a great addition to your app library because it draws from several sources to help you find the perfect activity.


8.1 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 8
  • Interface 7
  • Performance 9

Weotta for iOS is an app that answers the question "What should we do tonight?" But by showing you what's happening based on location, with categories for just about every activity, it's also a great resource for finding something to do anytime, anywhere.

The name of the app itself is really a shortening of "we ought to," and draws from different sources to help your search. There are several apps in the App Store that already have similar features, such as AroundMe, Foursquare, and many others. But Weotta's ease of use, suggestions based on location as well as time of day, and categories you can browse make it a great way to find fun stuff to do.

Weotta has been out for a couple of years now, but recent updates have added better search tools and new map features so you can find what you're looking for quickly.

Start with a search

At the top of the interface you'll find a magnifying glass with the words "Search for stuff to do." Below that you can select a location, so if you're going to be in Los Angeles for the weekend, for example, you can find activities there to plan your trip. The app defaults to activities near your current location.

When you tap the search field, Weotta gives you several suggestions based on the time of day such as "Casual lunch now," "Dinner ideas for tonight," and "Happy hour bars." (The search in this review was performed in the early afternoon). Once you choose a suggestion that gives you dinner spots, for example, Weotta displays a stack of cards, each with the name and photo of the restaurant, the pricerange, and a star rating. It also will give you tips in some locations such as "Great for large groups" or "Notable patio dining." Like Google Now, you can swipe the cards away to look at more suggestions. A two-finger tap brings back the last card you swiped away.

If you want to see the locations of your search results, you also have the option to toggle between the stacks of cards or a map that shows the suggested locations as pins. With the map interface you can touch the pins to see more info to get the star rating and distance from your current location.

Weotta gets its information from several different sources including Zagat, Yelp, Foursquare, Opentable, Ticketmaster, Ticketfly, Eventbrite, and even news sources from across the U.S. so you can get all the tips and reviews in one place.

Categories and natural language searches

If you have something in mind that's a little more specific, such as you know you want to see live music or know you're looking for a good bar, you can use the categories section. Here you'll find general categories like bar hopping or concerts, but you'll also find more unique categories like cheap stuff to do, guys night out, or even activities for dog owners.

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