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Chimani Grand Canyon National Park iPhone App

Product Review

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App: Grand Canyon National Park iPhone App
Company: Chimani
Web: http://www.chimani.com
Contact: info@chimani.com
Price: $4.99 or a lite version for free via iTunes store
Pros: well organized, clickable maps, thorough and intuitive
Cons: none

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Product Rating: 5/5 Excellent

by Gary Miller, Alaskan Apple Users Group Member

Conflict of interest disclosure: Chimani provided a free copy of Grand Canyon to me for the purposes of the review.

The Grand Canyon is beyond what I’d seen, yet, I wondered how much time to allow to see it, what would match my physical abilities, where to stay/eat, hikes that would be fun, and what would it look like in the canyon bottom, well, now that I have this incredible app, I have the answers to those questions and so many more. Get it!

Chimani was started up by Kerry Gallivan in January 2010, and quickly he matched his interests in technology and exploration of national parks with these cool Apps. He makes them for iPhone or Android, here I’ll cover iPhone. I loved the way he thinks through the way the various screens are organized, and sub screens to show exactly what I wanted to know, as if he was sitting there to respond, show me a photo of what I’d see, or suggest a hike that worked for me. Well done!

I downloaded the App from iTunes store easily. liking the brown shades of the screens that easily are navigable, and sized for any age eyes… A search screen is right there to greet you, so just in case you forget or want to know something, it’s there, yea. Each of his National Park Apps has a similar user interface, so once you’ve tried one out, you’ll be right at home, I’ll go through the series of screens, so you’ll know what you’ll see, and I’ll include some screen shots to show you too. I have shown this app to others on my iPhone, and all like it’s intuitive feel, ease of finding what you want with good headings/icons that reveal useful and helpful information. He even has an excellent photo collection, map’s that are clickable to see exactly where a restroom, trail, or point of interest, so helpful in a big park you’re not familiar with. I also liked being able to revisit parks, like this app, the Grand Canyon to plan another trip for the future, I also reviewed Chimani’s Yosemite iPhone App, again well done, same approach, functional and intuitive.

A feature I like is the auto/audio tour, we all would like to plan, and this really helps. He has bicycle guide, sunrise and sunset times in different areas, and shuttle schedules for the free system.

The Grand Canyon App offers easy email support too, as do all Chimani Apps. One friend, a nurse, I showed the app to, particularly liked the safety icon, and info about medical services, falls and what to do, water safety, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, and more, each thorough.

I really like the App, definitely recommend it. If you just want to try it out, try the lite version, less info, but you’ll get the feel of it.

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