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CitySync

Sun Aug 27, 2000 - 7:20 PM EDT - By Douglas Morse

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Would you recommend CitySync?
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Product Info
Details
> Name CitySync
> Company Lonely Planet
> Size 400K +
> Fact Sheet & User Opinions
Availability
> Available
Pricing
> $49.95


Paper competition

In most instances, I think I would still prefer the paperback versions of the guides. There is more information (including the Staten Island Ferry tidbit in the paper new York Guide, a comprehensive list of theaters in the Chicago guide, etc.), a slew of full color maps, and you have the ability to thumb through each guide easily. And, of course, paperbacks are only about 15 bucks a pop. However, the trend in recent guidebooks is to give a history lesson. In that sense, the electronic guides are less verbose, thankfully, and electronic searching and organizing is a big plus. Did I mention the bookmark feature? Or the ability to take notes on the handheld? Those are both very nice.

Conclusion

All, in all though, the guides are quite wonderful presenting me with really useful information. Clear, concise and well organized. Supplementing them with a real map may be all you need.

Note: Springboard module with cities coming in August. But why youd need it, I have no idea. The CD ROM (or downloading) seems just dandy. Maybe its the approx. 2MB the 4 cities take up. But I got 8, count em, 8 whole MEGABYTES and Im not out yet!


Criteria 

Rating

Content 4
Organization 4
Usability 4
Installation 3
Overall
(not an average)
Pros
- Extensive
- Easy to navigate
- Fun to read
- Demo version available
Cons
- Maps are hard to read
- A bit pricey at $49.95 for 5 cities ($19.95 for one)
- Some surprising omissions
- Searching is sometimes a bit slow


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