Travel Channel GO has announced a new mobile application available to selected smartphones. While you can still visit Go.TravelChannel.com on your mobile browser, the application may be better suited for a better and more robust mobile experience. iPhone users can still count on the special web site developed for mobile Safari, the rest of us JAVA enabled handsets (Nokia & BlackBerry) should go through the said application.
Dubbed as the "personal radar" for individuals, Travel Channel GO is intended to provide all of its exclusive content to your finger tips. Its an array of mobile/local search portal for all of your traveling needs (ie. directions, map and recommendations). The application is even suppose to work with devices with integrated GPS to help identify your location. To learn more about this, you can stop by the Travel Channel blog here.
I tested this application with my new BlackBerry 8830. The EV-DO download is amazingly fast and installation was pretty quick. The application design is sharp and pleasing on the eyes. UI is simple and intuitive using the trackball (left/right for menu icons, up/down for sub-menu icons). A lot of effort has been put behind this application and I really appreciate the detail. For example, in the settings, you can use it to turn on/off built-in GPS or when you type in the Zip codes, you don't need to press-alt button for numbers to show up.
Kudos to the Travel Channel GO for making its content absolutely friendly to the mobile community at free of charge; I would recommend anyone traveling trying out this service, its free!