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Jul 24, 2008 08:56 AM

Vindigo - anything even remotely like it for iPhone 3G?

I have been a Vindigo addict for years and now, suddenly, I'm lost because I got a fabulous, sexy new phone that doesn't support it. I used Vindigo a zillion times a day (OK, maybe that's just a touch of hyperbole) to search for restaurants closest to a particular intersection, sorted by ethnicity or budget, not to mention the closest parking, movie venues, reviews and times, etc. But THE most important thing was the restaurant info. My husband just called me and asked me to find the closest Korean place to where his meeting is going to be and guess what - I can't.

There's no going back, but is there anything out there in iPhone App-land that will serve the same purpose?

Help! This is worse than cigarette withdrawal!

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  1. Did you try the Yelp application?

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    1. re: jgg13

      no... Haven't heard of it. I'll take a look. Thanks.

      1. re: ferret

        I downloaded it for a try-out, since it's free. It's cute but very limited. Thanks, though.

        1. re: Deenso

          Any update to this?

          I'm eligible for a new phone in early December. I love Vindigo but I find it's just about the only application I use in my Palm device. I'd like to get either an iPhone or a Blackberry but for some reason (which I'll never understand), Vindigo continues to maintin its commitment to a dying platform.

          Am I going to have to buy a Centro just so I can stick with Vindigo?


          1. re: TipsyMcStagger

            On my 3G, I open the maps icon, have the tack show where I am, and at the top/search box, type in "Thai Food" and a few thumbtack icons show up with addresses...I can follow the map/route or go off screen and more Thai places show up.

            I can be anywhere in the US and it works. I can type in "Starbucks" or "pharmacy" or the generic "Vietnamese food"..."gas station", "grocery store", " Steak and Shake", "McDonalds" whatever... It comes with the need to buy an app.

            I just typed in "" and the page popped up...You can bookmark it or add to your home screen as a direct link. Unsure if you have to put in name and password each time, but it is there. As is all the internet.

            1. re: Cathy

              I know I can get to through my iPhone, but that's only to access my account. The actual program isn't available on desk-top; it's only for mobile phone use.

              They say they're working on an iPhone application, but they've been saying that for about a year.

              1. re: Deenso

                I don't think they'll be coming out with anything new anytime soon:


                The thing I'll miss most about this application is the ability to enter my own personal notes.


                1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                  Tipsy, what a huge disappointment! Vindigo was the best source a 'hound could have had. I actually went to Staples on Saturday and bought the cheapest PDA that Palm makes, just so that I could use Vindigo again. I ended up returning it for a refund on Sunday, since the installation program was defective. I was going to buy a new one at the Palm Store today but now there's no point.

                2. re: Deenso

                  I sort of figured that, after I had posted. Sorry.

                  Well, I looked at what Vindigo does and it looks like I have all the same accessibilities on the iPhone. But no advertising or maybe linking things to a blog or my own saves my searches, so when I start to put in a search (Thai Food when I am in another state) that pops up...

                  Via the maps knows where I am or I can put in an address and then ask it to find me something (I just put in "free restroom" and it showed me all the public showers near the beaches here in San Diego).

                  I don't know what else you would need Vindigo for. When certain restaurants come up, it links to address, phone, website if there is one and sometimes a Yelp eval. When I am somewhere, I drop the pin and ask for "parking" and pins drop to show public lots in that area.

                  I would think iPhone is reluctant to change much in their program and/or there are copyrights involved with both companies.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Cathy...I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, so maybe I'm missing something but when you write "it looks like I have all the same accessibilities on the iPhone," what application are you using to make personal notes about specific venues?

                    What I loved about Vindigo is that I could fire it up on a random corner and see what notes I'd entered for nearby venues. Lots of times, I'd find I'd long ago entered a note like "burger and a beer for $10 before 8pm" for a bar across the street. It's those notes that I'll sorely miss.

                    I might be able to stand on a corner and pull up Yelp, but I'll only have access to the comments of others. I'm constantly reading Chowhound, magazine reviews, Blogs, etc and entering specific information into Vindigo so I'll know what to order, what to avoid, good for a date, good for a game, BYOB, garden in the back, etc, etc.

                    I just don't see how I can replace that type of personal information with just web applications.


                    1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                      Oh. I have a strange brain and remember far too much, especially when it comes to food. I really don't need to make personal notes.

                      I do know if I go to a new place (which I have not read about) I order the "basic" food they should be able to make- bean burrito and quesedilla(you could not believe how many taco shops out here which cannot do those items correctly, using real cheese), plain hamburger ( no cheese, toppings on the side), dumplings at a place called"Dumpling Inn", pancakes at a Pancake House, kebab at a "Kebab House"...that sort of thing. If they can do basics right, I go back and order more from the menu...

                      But, no. I don't need to make notes about any restaurant once I have been there.

                      I do carry a moleskine at all times but that is for ideas for my other life. I can't lose that habit; have carried one for more than ten years.

                      1. re: Cathy

                        I see. I guess our brains work in different ways :)

                        NYC has WAY too many restaurants for me to remember all of the nuisances I once read about.

                        Often, it will be a year or more before I finally try a place I've had on my "list." I'd be really irked if I discovered (or remembered) after-the-fact that I didn't order the one thing that I'd gone there to try in the first place.


                        1. re: TipsyMcStagger


                          In a year, most places are gone from San Diego...

                          I tend to drive and stop and eat. Kind of random. If there are people eating, it must be good. When in Italy, we walked through neighborhoods and not the touristy streets...just from restaurant to restaurant...antipasti at one place, pizza at another, plates at another, dessert at was the best time and I have made that a habit ever since...because you just never know.

                          When we were first married, The Mister said he used to wonder how I put so many miles on the car. Then he saw how I get off the freeway if it is stopped/there is an accident and drive side roads. We have found the most interesting hole in the wall places that way.

                          ...which is why that maps thingy on the iPhone is a Godsend...: )

                          1. re: Cathy

                            I see...well, I guess we're in different environments.. NYC s a walking town.

                            When I select "My Favorites" in Vindigo on a given corner in Manhattan, I might have 25 different places that I've marked off (and stored comments) within a two block radius.

                            There's nothing better than realizing I'm just a block away from that great little place with five dumplings for a buck!

                            I think I'm gonna go with the Blackberry Bold. I've played around with the iTouch and the virtual keyboard isn't too my liking.


                            1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                              Oh wow. I will be in NYC in 2009 and it sounds overwhelming. Cool.

                              The virtual keyboard takes getting used to. It is different...and if your fingertips are cold, it does not work. You can't use a stylus on it. That would be not good in NYC in winter.

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          1. Has anyone found a replacement for Vindigo, which officially passed a few weeks ago? I've considered creating a Google map and storing all the data I've loaded onto My List on Vindigo on a Google map. I hope this will be a temporary solution until Vindigo returns! or someone comes up with an application that replaces Vindigo.

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            1. re: Desidero

              I haven't found a replacement and I have been working on a Google Map.

              But this is a poor substitute for two reasons. One, I can't find a way to access my map on the Blackberry's dumbed-down browser. It does me little good to have this map available only while I'm sitting in my apartment. And two, I can't sort my map results by cuisine. I can only zoom in to a particular neighborhood and see what I've marked nearby.

              I miss my Vindigo :(


              1. re: Desidero

                Nope; but then I didn't even know it passed on last year until I found this thread. They'd kept Awfully quiet about it...I didn't even get an e-mail from them.

                The syncing was still working even a few days ago, but now I see even the website is gone. I checked to see my content was still on the PDA and once I saw it was, I turned off the conduit to the HotSync so I don't lose it. Ah, well; another killer app bites the dust. :(

                1. re: mcsheridan

                  I was also a huge vindigo fan. There is an iphone app called "I Want" which will use your location to pull up restaurants, coffee shops, movies etc. It's good, but not as comprehensive as vindigo was. With all the new apps coming out though, I have to imagine that there will be something soon.

                  1. re: Aimee

                    Let's hope so. Vindigo was in many ways the perfect restaurant/bar/movie app. I loved the way you could store data in the "Vote" tab. I don't think you can do that on "I Want." It's a devastating loss.

              2. Has anyone tried the "Around Me" application on the iPhone? It was described this way in an article in today's New York Times: "AroundMe is a free application that serves up businesses in all kinds of categories, including supermarkets, hospitals, banks, gas stations, pharmacies and movie theaters. The only downside is that the application is available only for the iPhone." I am still in mourning from the untimely demise of our dearly departed Vindigo and am desperately seeking a substitute ...

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                1. re: Desidero

                  I hadn't heard about it until your post, but just downloaded the app. We'll see.

                  Like you, I miss Vindigo desperately and, until I learned that they had actually ceased operations, had been considering abandoning my iPhone and going back to Palm. Glad I didn't jump the gun, anyway.

                  1. re: Deenso

                    Thanks. Please test out the app and let me know what you think. I'll keep my fingers crossed for us.

                    1. re: Desidero

                      I use AroundMe. It doesn't have a feature to manually add "favorites" to your list, you can only add a place when it comes up as "around you". So I can add places as I go to them, but not ahead of time. Does that make sense, it's been a long day

                      1. re: yamalam

                        Thanks yamalam. Is there a way to record notes in the file of each restaurant in your favorites? What are your general impressions of the application?

                        Deenso, what are your initial thoughts after using the application for about a week?

                        1. re: Desidero

                          Actually, I only tried it once, hoping for the kind of immediate gratification once offered by Vindigo. Didn't get it. Probably won't bother with it again.

                          1. re: Desidero

                            No way to make notes, you can just make a list of favorites with AroundMe.

                            Have you tried Urbanspoon? If you create an account you can also make a list of favorites, plus you can write reviews, so as long as you are ok making your notes public, that might be a partial solution. Plus you can log onto and add your favorites and wishlist faster than with your iPhone. Urbanspoon has had a couple updates since it came out, all based on user feedback, which shows the designers pay attention to the reviews, and should continue to update.