The Check-in War: Gowalla vs. Foursquare

Location based services like Gowalla and Foursquare are all the rage right now, letting you check in to businesses, bars and restaurants. With major releases or updates to their apps on the iPhone and Android, we take a look at both and see which one reigns supreme!

Gowalla and Foursquare, at their heart, are very similar applications but with some very dramatic differences. Both are apps used on your phone to "check-in" your location and then broadcast to your friends. On the most basic level, these applications allow you to broadcast your current location to your friends, making finding each other much easier on a Saturday night, but both apps take it a step beyond. By integrating a "game" within the applications as well as other little touches, Foursquare and Gowalla are quite unique in their own right. We compare the two apps on both the iPhone and Android platforms to see which one we prefer.

Review by: Ron Richards and Eileen Rivera