Over 50 million iPhones have been sold since the release of Apple's now-omnipresent smart phone in January 2007, and that doesn't take into account the mad rush for the latest iPhone 4. So we're willing to bet that more than a few of our readers have an iPhone of their own.
And we have great news for those iPhone owners: the Houston Press app is now available to download -- for free, naturally. What's the benefit to using our iPhone app as opposed to the Houston Press mobile site? Glad you asked.
The app is highly streamlined and geared to what our readers want to access as quickly and easily as possible: calendar and event listings, restaurant listings, bar and club listings, music listings and slideshows. The latter is especially useful for people who dislike clicking through the slideshows online, as we'll show demonstrate.
Click through for screencaps from the app along with explanations of how it will simplify your life to the point where you'll think you've hired Jeffrey from the Fresh Prince.
Event and calendar listings are updated each time you access the app. Choose a category from the sliding bar above to narrow down the listings to areas like art, dance, film or galleries.
The "free event" category is our personal favorite.
Restaurant listings are also categorized, with an almost endless list of different types of establishments from which to choose.
Individual restaurant pages have photos, a capsule review and even links to Google Maps if you're hopelessly lost. You can also just click the phone number to call the restaurant directly.
The slideshow widget has been improved dramatically. Instead of clicking through each page, simply slide through the photos as you would the photos in your iPhone.
Captions display cleanly below full-screen images from each slideshow.
The app was just released this morning, so be the first of your friends to download and rate it as you replace the tactile feel of actual paper and newsprint beneath your fingers with that of a cool, glossy screen.
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