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Whether constantly on the go in new areas that you are not familiar with, or just looking for a new place to dine or how expensive the gas around you is, many of us want access to all this information with one simple click. Dex Mobile is a rather new application that is available in the Android Market free of charge that allows users to collect all this information, and more with just one simple click.

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Upon entering the application you will see a semi-circle interface that scrolls from left to right with various categories that locations are broken down into. Also shown on the home screen are the top 3 rated locations of each category for users to be able to quickly access. In addition to the name of the location there is a one click dialer for the location, along with direct visibility to their phone number. After clicking on a location name you are able to see the name, address, phone number as well as any ratings that have been left for that location. Once you find a place, and decide you wish to venture to their address, simply click the location name and then the directions button, and you will be navigated to them.

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After checking out the location users can go back into the application and leave their very own review of the location with comments based on their experience, which will help others who are looking for recommendations in the future. This application is free in the Android Market, and it is a great alternative to applications such as Where, Yelp, Poynt or any of the other location based service of its kind.

 
There are 9 comments

wraith404 says:

This space seems pretty played out. What makes this one special?

lorcha says:

That was pretty much my take. Does this improve on Google Maps or Yelp in any way, shape, or form?

engineer2001 says:

How is burning gas while navigating to a gas station to save a few cents on the fill-up doing any good anyway? I won't even crank up and drive a short way down my street to save 40 cents on 10 gallons because cranking, sitting in traffic at the light, and driving there would burn more than 1/10 of a gallon (40 cents).

If you drive 2 miles and get 24 miles per gallon, you just burned 0.0833 gallons (33 cents worth of $4/gal gasoline). If you find a place to fill up that's right there where you are, that's great. If you travel a mile or two, you're probably killing your savings or maybe spending more overall unless you get awesome fuel economy and have the time to drive there.

Can you set a travel distance max and a savings minimum versus the stations you are currently near to - to help pick a place that won't cost you more to drive there than you save?

Deutch says:

I don't know about you, but I usually don't fill up one gallon at a time...

engineer2001 says:

I fill up 10 gallons at a time. I have never seen a place more than 5 cents cheaper than the other stations nearby. That's a maximum 50 cents savings if I drive from the most expensive place where I was about to get gas to the cheapest place. That's what I meant. Think about the math before you jump at the "cheapest gas".

I have been all over the US but mostly stayed on interstate highways. Gas prices didn't vary much in general areas. I mean, you could drive another 60 miles and find a place with 10 cents cheaper per gallon gas, but all the ones within 5 miles or so of each other had about the same price.

I'm sure the other features (restaurants, etc.) of this app have a place, but I am tired of seeing "cheap gas buddy" apps and websites. What a waste (nearly every time), if you do the math.

Don't come to LA then. Two 76 stations 6 blocks apart on the the same street (La Cienega) are 60 cents apart for the cheapest unleaded.

jmartinbsu says:

@engineer2001--The problem with your premise is that you initially assume everyone is only looking for gas in a downtown type of area where, yes as you said, to save 1 cent on gas it's not economical.

I drive about 1 hour to work because I want to live in a small town not a major city. Gas costs fluctuating as much as they have over the last year make Gas Buddy a great app for me. I plan my gas purchase based on where the cheapest gas is. I don't wait until I'm on "E". I generally wait until I know I can make 1 more trip to work and back on the gas I have left and check the gas prices on the way in to work or on my way home. If gas is 10 cents cheaper in the city versus by the truck stops I pass 30 miles north of the city, I get it before I leave for home. If it's cheaper at the truck stops, I wait till I get back there.

30 miles difference can make a huge difference in the cost of gas for me and 99% of the time I don't have to drive out of my way to save significant cash.

With all the "tech/Green/cost-savings" articles and comments I see on the interwebs to many times the focus is on the impacts of large city citizens (NYC, Chigago or LA-like) and their perspectives and not people that live in the suburbs or rural areas where the majority of Americans live.

lorcha says:

Well, I don't know about you, but I live in the close-in suburbs. I just fired up GasBuddy and the difference between the highest and lowest price for premium is $4.39-$3.85=$0.54. I usually put 15 gallons in my tank when I fill up, so the difference is $8.10.

And, no, I don't spend $8.10 in gas to get to the cheap station. It's about 3 blocks from my kids' daycare. And yes, I do consult GasBuddy before I fill up. And yes, I do save money that way.

I won't drive out of my way if the difference is only 5 or 10 cents, but usually I can improve the price by a minimum 15-20 cents without going out of my way (or by going less than 0.1 mile out of my way). I guess your experience doesn't match mine!

lonepainter says:

This is a pathetic attempt to ride the coattails of other developers that provide superior products. They cannot even print a decent phone book any longer.