Honestly, I’ve never been the most adventurous person when it comes to checking out new places. More so, checking out new places in strange towns. I work some 80 miles from home so while I’m far away from home on a regular basis I pretty much just go to work and then come home. If I’m not bringing lunch to work there’s a handful of regular lunch places I visit. It’s nice because I know exactly where the restaurant is, I know the food, and it’s just easy in the middle of the work day.
Some days I just get an itch to try something new. I know there’s got to be so many good places to eat around me that I just don’t know about. I’ve been using my AT&T Navigator app on my iPhone whenever I’m out driving. When you’re in the car you really don’t want to be fiddling around with an app to try and find what you’re looking for. Especially when you have limited time, like a lunch break, you just want to go. Well the other day I got a craving for some Mexican food. I’m sitting in the parking lot thinking of how many Mexican restaurants I knew around my work.
I knew of one.
So I tapped the microphone icon on the app and spoke into my phone, “Mexican Restaurant”. Up came a list of all the Mexican food restaurants around me. What was cool about the list was that there were stars indicating ratings given by past customers. Before I knew it I was off and on my way to a completely new place. What was even more cool was that I didn’t need to know how to get there. The app gave me turn by turn voice-activated directions.
Growing up on the east coast the kind of Mexican food I ate wasn’t…well let’s just say it was probably more Tex-Mex than actually authentic Mexican food. Ever since moving to California I’ve had the fortunate experience of tasting the real deal. I’m still drawn to the food I ate growing up like Chimichangas. I had to see how this new place stood up to the test. I did wind up having their homemade chips and salsa which was awesome as well. All in all it was an awesome experience visiting a completely new place. It was great knowing that I would have no problem getting there and that there were others who already rated the place.
It’s true that I could have done all this using multiple apps on my phone like Yelp for reviews and then back to AT&T Navigator for the directions. Having it all on one app and using the voice activation feature just made it so much easier for me. It’s like I have my own little personal driving assistant with me wherever I go.
There are so many features to this app that I love. When I’m able to take something simple like an app and use it to help me explore, find new things, and still feel confident about my travel it’s an awesome thing. I happen to like things that just work. For me, something as simple as finding my next new favorite restaurant isn’t so simple but using the AT&T Navigator app is.
Disclosure: I am a member of the TeleNav Navigator in Chief dad panel and was provided compensation to participate. While I have received compensation to participate in the program as with anything that I review the opinions are 100% mine.