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Planning an Outing Is Super Simple With These iMessage Apps

Planning an Outing Is Super Simple With These iMessage Apps

Whether it’s dinner, drinks, or a walk in the park, these apps help you make your plans.

OpenTable - Restaurant Reservations

What's for Dinner?

OpenTable - Restaurant Reservations

OpenTable - Restaurant Reservations

When you want to secure a reservation, go with OpenTable.

With the free OpenTable app, you can bring your pre-dining experience to your iPhone. Use the app to discover new restaurants to try and then book your reservations. Plus, earn points towards rewards every time you dine with the OpenTable app. ​

Why we love it

Featuring over 38,000 restaurant listings, OpenTable makes it easy to find a great place to eat.

Yelp - Nearby Restaurants, Shopping & Services

Know what you’re getting into before going

Yelp - Nearby Restaurants, Shopping & Services

Yelp - Nearby Restaurants, Shopping & Services

For those who care to check on reviews of places before going.

Yelp is the one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to know if a place is good or bad based on reviews from the community. There is a ton of data in Yelp, which includes basic business information, reviews and the average star rating from users, photos, and filters for finding specific places that meet your criteria for right now (including Pokéstops for Pokémon Go). You can even bookmark places that you may want to check out in the future, leave your own reviews and ratings, check out what your friends recommend, and much more. If you are in search of a new restaurant or want a specific type of shop or even medical center, then Yelp should be one of the first places you look.

Why we love it

If you want to become a smarter shopper or foodie, this is your app. You won’t find a better source for information.

Doodle: Easy Scheduling

Take the pain out of figuring out when everyone is available.

Doodle: Easy Scheduling

Doodle: Easy Scheduling

For anyone trying to get a group of people in the same place at the same time.

Getting multiple people to meet in the same place at the same time can be tough. When you have a group of individuals – whether students or coworkers – who all have varying schedules, it can get even harder. Doodle allows you to easily send a poll to anyone asking them to indicate whether they are available or busy for set time slots, and the best part is that an account is not required for filling out polls. Doodle also offers some advanced features. For starters, you can allow users to select "if need be" times, that way you can make sure everyone is free and that it's convenient for most. Polls can optionally be set as private, so only administrators can view responses, and they can also be used as sign-up systems for events by only allowing users to choose a select amount of options, or to have a maximum number of attendees per time slot. While Doodle has been known to be web-based, the iOS app in particular allows users to create, modify, and respond to polls on the go. The best part is being able to receive notifications for when participants respond. This makes it a must-have for any Doodle user.

Why we love it

Doodle is the easiest way to find out when everyone's available, and also offers the best iOS solution for this that we've found. Being able to keep up with polls in a desktop web browser, along with in the mobile app with push notifications, makes it easy to use while balancing a busy lifestyle.

Fandango Movies - Times + Tickets

Never miss your next screening when you buy ahead

Fandango Movies - Times + Tickets

Fandango Movies - Times + Tickets

For those who prefer to buy their tickets ahead of time and be prepared.

Fandango is a classic app that belongs on the devices of every movie buff. With a Fandango account, you're able to pre-purchase your movie tickets without having to go to the box office first. The app allows users to browse showtimes by movie or theater, and you can make a wish list of movies that you don't want to miss out on. Notifications let you know when a movie starts playing so you aren't late, and there are exclusives and giveaways that are only in the app, so don't miss out.

Why we love it

It's easy to purchase your tickets ahead of time and then skip the lines at the box office. A must-have for all moviegoers.

Where To? ~ Find the best places around you

Find your next favorite spot

Where To? ~ Find the best places around you

For anyone who needs help finding the best places that are nearby.

Where To? has been around for what seems like forever, but it is a great app that is a staple for all iOS devices. They recently added a dedicated iMessage app to make it even more useful. Find only the best places near you with this app! The app uses your current location and you can browse places by category through the spinning dial. There are over 700 categories in the app, so you're pretty much covered, no matter what you're looking for. Viewing business info lets you see details like hours, menu, prices, phone number, and much more. With the new iMessage app, you can even share places directly with others through iMessage, so it's never been easier to let others know of a great new place you should all try together.

Why we love it

Where To is a proven staple in the App Store, and the iMessage app makes it super easy to share your favorites and new places with others.

DINE by Tasting Table (TM)

Discover, search, and plan your next dining excursion.

DINE by Tasting Table (TM)

DINE by Tasting Table (TM)

For those looking for a restaurant finder in a major U.S. city.

DINE is a handy, easy-to-use restaurant finder. Covering almost 10 large U.S. cities, you can find the perfect spot for your business lunch or romantic dinner. Each restaurant you view includes all of the details you need and you can browse through the feed to discover a popular new spot. Then, make your plans effortlessly by sending your pal the dining information via iMessage.

Why we love it

DINE is a nice restaurant locator that lets you filter, search, discover, and share details for popular spots.

Velocity – Only the Best Restaurants

Find a restaurant, make a reservation, and share your dinner plans in iMessage.

Velocity – Only the Best Restaurants

Velocity – Only the Best Restaurants

For those looking for a restaurant finder in a major city.

Velocity is a sleek and attractive restaurant finder covering five major cities in the U.S. and England. Discover a popular new place, set up your payment information, share the restaurant from within the app or iMessage, and make your reservation, all in one app.

Why we love it

Velocity is a great app for those in a major city or preparing to visit one. Find the right restaurant and then book your table with ease.