Last Friday Minube released their new iPhone app and so far, it has been an absolute success. In just three days it has become the number 1 travel app in already 14 countries. The video above was made by the talented team behind Riot Cinema.
Back in December, the previous version of the Minube iPhone app won iTunes Rewind 2011 and the App Date’s award for best travel app in Spain.
We’re proud to say we designed this app hand in hand with Minube’s Raúl Jiménez, Alex Martín, Daniel García and their team. We had the chance of working together not just conceptually but physically, Alex Martín, design manager at Minube was a member of Vostok‘s space-ship for a few days working along with Javier Cañada and Ricardo Fernández detailing step by step the how’s and why’s of this app.
These are some of the features that make this app special:
It’s resourceful but also inspirational.
There are two ways of picking travel destinations: the I know the where, when and how way and the I have no idea, I just know the when way. Up until now, very few online travel services offered you the possibility of picking places for the latter. The Minube app provides a selection of places according to distance, color and time. This is a pretty neat feature because it amplifies your scope, the results give you places you would have never known existed. You want something beachy? Choose turquoise from the color meter and you’ll see there are dozens of places you’ve been missing.
You can save places.
They can be private or public. It’s just like creating your own scrapbook of favorite places you want to travel to. Perhaps not today, but maybe tomorrow…
It’s social in a way that matters.
Yes, you can share places and experiences with your facebook friends or your twitter followers but, what’s more valuable is that you can share stuff with the people who actually care (and they might not necessarily be your social-network buddies)on a one-on-one basis. It’s the difference between tossing a message in a bottle into the sea and using certified mail: less adrift, more selective and personal.
You can plan trips with friends.
Organizing a trip has always been a collaborative effort but instead of having bits and pieces spread over dozens of emails users can use this feature to have all the information in one single place. The list is instantly updated and users are always notified if something changes.
Minube‘s content is getting better and better with time, this app looks to encapsulate that in a way that’s useful and beautiful for travelers. If you try it out let us know what you think. You can download the Minube app here.