We have evolved into a society of reviewers. Buying a tube of lotion? Check the reviews first. Gadgets, toys, beauty products, shops, movies, music, dogs—even condominiums—have been reviewed by all kinds of people. Google any product or service and chances are, you won’t even have to type the word “review” next to it, it’ll be part of the search suggestions. And let’s not forget the food and restaurant reviews, which range from bite-size snippets on Twitter (“Meh.”, “Nom!”), square visual morsels on Instagram, to mouthful chunks of prose on blogs and forums.
You know how dependent we’ve gotten on reviews when apps that collate them become one of the most downloaded items on the App Store.
Looloo is more than an app that houses reviews; it’s grown to be one of the most trusted guides to places around the metro.
It is divided into five main parts: “Feed,” which lists your followed users’ latest reviews; “Explore,” which lets you search for anything near you according to category, location, friend-recommended, and “open now” (if you’re looking to satisfy late-night munchies); “Review” lets you post your own reviews; “Lists” groups together recommendations for you, places you’ve marked as favorites and must-try; while “Profile” lists your info.
Looloo’s Facebook connectivity ensures that you will have plenty of familiar faces who are trustworthy when it comes to recommendation; after all, birds of a feather like the same worms, right?
If you and your friends don’t share the same tastes in food, look for users that have a high “inflooence,”—credits given to reviewers whose reviews are spot-on.
Though Looloo’s food and restaurant reviews are the most popular, it also lists guides and recommendations for cinemas, airports, outdoor recreational spots, tourist attractions, and even dentists—their categories are expansive and thorough.
Each reviewed place or service also comes with basic info, like operating hours, address (map and directions included), contact details, menu (if it’s a restaurant) and payment options.
Everything about Looloo is clean and efficient; the user interface is gorgeous and easy to navigate. The location services are also handy, no need to drive to satisfy your bibimbap craving when Looloo says there’s a Korean restaurant less than a kilometer away from you. There are so many ways to use this app, whether you’re a resident who wants to try out uncharted territories in food, bars and spas, or a tourist who wants to go native and hang out where the locals are.
Right now Looloo’s app is only available for iOS users, but you can also visit its website, looloo.com, to access the guide.