There are various locations we travel to all the time like work, home, market, friend’s house, local attractions, airport, and more. Most of the time we know the route to these places since we frequently visit, and just want to know how long it takes to get there in current conditions. That’s what the new app ETA is all about, and it fills a void on the iPhone. Whether you use Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, Navigon, TomTom, or any other navigation app, most require a whole lot of tapping for what should be a simple task. All you want to do is see how long it’s going to take you to get to work this morning, and you don’t want to have to add the address from your contacts, choose the route, and start navigation just to see how long it will take with traffic.
ETA cuts out all of the extra steps allowing you to just enter the addresses you want to keep track of when you first start the app, and then they’re always included after that. Once you set-up the app, you’re simply given a list of all the locations with an ETA based on current traffic from your current location. It couldn’t be easier to do, and you’re given a full list of any location you want to keep track of. No more fumbling through entering locations in any maps app, and remembering to set your current location. It’s just one list that is updated every 30 seconds based on location, and conditions to be a simple, yet powerful utility.
You know how to get to most of the places you visit to on a daily basis, b,ut if you add other locations, you can tap on any spot in the list to get directions using either Apple Maps, Google Maps, or Waze. You can also swipe across any location to see the walking ETA. The app is presented with a clean dark scale interface accented with red for the current driving time, and blue for walking time. It’s so simple to use whether you’re adding new spots, or just using on a daily basis. The one thing missing is the ability to rearrange the list, but this just isn’t that complex of an app because it doesn’t need to be.
ETA ($2.99, iPhone) has a narrow focus that is executed extremely well to provide a valuable utility that is worth picking up.