The app centers around this map and includes a lot of functionality helpful for the on-the-go traveler. When reading about a particular beach, activity or shop, a "Map It" button will show a red dot for the destination and a blue one for your location (when the two converge, you've arrived). Tap a particular area of the map to see what's nearby, and the app populates a list of shops, restaurants and activities. You can also bookmark your favorites for quick access, but the search functionality works very well too.
What's especially great about the Revealed guidebooks is the authors are continually updating the content with new gems, taking into account reader feedback. The app helps continue this conversation by making it easy to send notes to the authors and app developers. Emails don't end up in a black hole. These are real people who will read your messages. The only drawback I can point to with this app is superficial; the user interface looks a bit like a dated website, but that's a minute detail. The app is otherwise beautifully executed.
So far, there are only apps for Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Another one accompaying the Oahu book will debut later this year, I've been told. These mobile apps are also a steal at $5.99 a piece, since it includes all the content of the books (retailing for $18.95) with added functionality. The paperbacks are also great buys, but you won't be losing much by going the app-only route.
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