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Pain-free parking apps give you one less thing to whine about

Amber Bouman | Aug. 22, 2013
If a free app can save you from getting a parking ticket, or wasting gas while hunting for a space, you better believe it's worth a download.

Once you've selected your criteria, simply tap the orange Search button and you're treated to a spinning panda icon while you wait for your results to load. Results appear on the map as blue bubbles, with price information overlaid onto them. You can toggle between a list view and a map view using the buttons on the top navigation bar; the bottom nav has tabs for Search, Reservations, and Account. Account holds your name, email, phone number, password, and credit card information.

Tapping on a result displays a close-up of its location on a map, the address, the distance from you, as well as information about the fees, hours of operation, directions, and photos. Some of the results here don't seem to have the tabs for Hours or Photos filled out; sometimes that information appears on the main details page. I'll be honest, I would have liked to see more complete and organized information here. Still, it's got to feel good to be able to present your confirmation on your phone at the gate and get waved through like a rock star.

 

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