Great. As if Americans weren't over weight enough here comes another sign that the iPhone is going to be the end of us all. Or at least the end of life as we know it.
We've all seen those catchy Apple commercials with a giant hand fondling that lovely 3G iPhone. And then the voice of God comes in and tells us how iPhone apps, like the one that doubles as toilet paper for you when you run out (ok, that doesnt exist.. yet), are making our lives simpler one click at a time. Yeah, those ads. Well now we have an iPhone app that may seem great on the outside but after a second look, it doesn't look so sweet. At least to Americans who need to cut back on their sweets.
CityMint, a $3 app for the iPhone or iPod Touch ($3 for an app is like $20 for a CD and we all know what happened there), allows hungry texters to simply pull up a menu from a local eatery of choice and have it delivered to their house without even really picking up the phone, at least in the traditional sense of a phone, anyway.
There is no need to talk to a human being or worse, no need to lift one of those heavy yellow books or Zagat guides to look up a number or a restaurant. As if us Americans were not fat enough, now we don't even get the phone book exercise we so desperately need, to get our trans fat induced fast food delivered to our homes.
The app is actually kind of cool if you take the over-exaggerated health concerns out of the equation. It allows you to pick a restaurant, peruse its menu, and then simply order without speaking to anyone.
The app also shows you what take-out (yes, maybe we can walk around the corner and pick up that burger for a little pre meal work out) or delivery options are around your current location. Pick the restaurant you like, pick your food and shoot the order off and wait for the magic to come to you.
CityMint said it is still expanding its lists of restaurants and cities it serves. It currently works in San Francisco Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle but even in those cities it only has a limited number of choices.
The guide also does not give any user reviews of restaurants but that is easily solved by downloading another app, Yelp (which for the record is free).