Sometimes it's fun to put in a lot of time, reasearch and effort into finding the perfect hotel for your weekend getaway or even just because you're in town somewhere for business. But what happens in situations that call for spontaneity? A last minute trip, or you're on a road trip and living day to day, free as a bird—you get the picture. The last thing you want to do is spend several hours on your computer doing research just to figure out where to sleep. This is when smartphones and Android apps come into play, specifically apps such as Hotel Search HRS-250000 Hotels that allow you to make hotel reservations as well as provide you with lots of information on hotels. Find out more in today's review.
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Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.4
If you've ever travelled with Android you'll know that it using one of the many Android travel apps can really help make planning your travels / being in an unknown place easier. Hotel Search HRS-250000 Hotels is one of these apps and it lets you book one or more hotel rooms via your Android device.
The first step would be to hit Hotel Search in the application's main menu. Next you will need to enter some details about what you're looking for. Enter your destination (your current location is also identified using GPS). You will also need to supply your arrival date as well as how long you wish to stay. You can also choose to set a budget limit or how use stars as a search criteria; use the Filter option for this. Finally, you will need to indicate for how many persons the room(s) should be, as well as how many rooms you will be needing.
Then simply hit the Search button and a lists with matching results will pop up within a few seconds. Hotels are listed according to the location in relation to the location you supplied. In order to see more details simply click on a hotel. You will then see how much it costs per night as well as other details. Payment options are also listed. Hit Media in order to see photos and in most cases even videos of a hotel. There is also a Map option showing the hotels exact location on a Google Map.
Add a hotel to your Favourites via the menu on the top right. Book it by hitting the red button on the bottom right.
In case you're in a real big hurry, try the Hotels Now! feature which uses the camera in order to display hotels in your vicinity on the display. Be warned, however, that this feature did not prove to be particularly useful during our test runs. It's perhaps more of a gimmick than an actually usable feature.
On to the settings. Should you be a HRS client you can enter your client number in the settings. Very useful: once you've made reservations somewhere the hotel will automatically be included in the Android address book, which makes for easy navigation. You can also change the currency in which prices are displayed.
Hotel Search HRS-250000 Hotels is definitely useful when it comes to booking hotels. Relevant information is displayed efficiently and comprehensively which means that you see what's relevant and important without being overwhelmed with information.
Screen & Controls
Using Hotel Search HRS-250000 Hotels is a breeze. All control elements can be found on the screen and used via touchscreen, and seeing as there aren't very many of them the app is super easy to navigate. A cool bonus: the Ice Cream Sandwich style is used for devices that run on anything under Android 4.0.
Speed & Stability
It doesn't take long for Hotel Search HRS-250000 Hotels to load, but it did crash once during our test runs. We were able to reproduce this crash which indicates that we're dealing with a bug, but the good news is that it's not likely that you will encounter it. Basically, the app will crash if you're in the map view of a hotel, then hit the reservations menu on the top right and then try to hit the back button. In other words: an unlikely scenario.
Hotel Search HRS-250000 Hotels is available for free from the AndroidPIT App Center.