ynt Review: A Terribly Cluttered y to Search

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 7 Nov 2011

Using the power of several different search engines, ynt aims to deliver the most relevant helpful information to you, though it often misses the mark.

en you first open the app, you see a rotating carousel of search categories to choose from–Businesses, ople, Restaurants, Movies, Gas, Events–as well as a hy icon for your local weather. You can choose to let ynt use your G location, or manually enter a location yourself. ynt uses services such as Citysearch, Eventful, OpenTable to produce search results that include websites, directions, maps, reviews.

The Businesses Restaurants categories provide results that include addresses, phone numbers, maps. though ynt does a decent job of producing correct relevant info, you could find most of what it offers just by conducting a search (which probably would be faster).

ynt tries to set itself apart with its Movies category. Not only can you search for a movie get showtimes, but you can also find reviews synopses. You can save movie times to your phone’s calendar, too, for a reminder of when you need to be at the theater.

The Events category has a ton of search options, but is a cluttered mess. This category has the most pitfalls, as well–browsing or searching for events delivers results that are not very relevant. en I tried the app, searching by venue gave me results for places 20 to 30 miles away, while skipping over major events happening just a few miles from my front door. Testing this category in San Francisco–a city that always has something going on–was disappointing, as major concerts outdoor events were missing from the search results most of the time.

The ople search category allows you to look up details for people by name, phone number, or address. The service gathers the information from public records phone book listings. ether a person is publicly listed will affect whether they show up here, so I can’t really blame ynt for a lack of results. The Gas category, which offers a way to find the best gas prices closest to you, works just fine. I did notice some discrepancies in the accuracy of prices; given how quickly stations change their prices, though, the differences are tolerable.

Unfortunately, ynt’s wide array of search categories doesn’t make up for the fact that the app is clunky looks cheap. The graphics are terrible, the animations are jerky, the search results are lackluster messy. ynt tries to deliver so much information that, instead of a few high-quality search results, you get a lot of mediocre ones. t’s hope that ynt refines its app in a future update. For now, however, you’re better off just doing a plain old search.