No matter what your political party affiliation may be (if any at all), it’s that time in life again — another presidential election year, which is fast approaching — so mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Republican National Convention is also quickly drawing to a close after a shaky start due to Hurricane Isaac, but for those who want to keep you up on the latest with the Republican National Convention, there is the iOS Universal app called Tampa 2012 (developed by AT&T Services, Inc.) to keep you in the know. Before anyone gets too annoyed that AT&T created a Republican application, just for the record, they have also created the Democratic National Convention application called DNC 2012, which has the same app content.
This iPhone and iPad News application has 3 main user navigation paths: 1) Attend, 2) Convention Without Walls, and 3) Tampa Bay. All of the 3 areas provide a host of information that is very relevant to the big RNC shindig that has been happening this week in Tampa, Florida, and which concludes tonight with Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech as the Republican Presidential candidate. The Attend navigation is for those attending the RNC and a daily schedule, a My Schedule area, a GOP Store to buy stuff, maps, shuttle information, as well as social media integration to share how your experience has been at the convention. Convention Without Walls is for those virtual attendees who want to watch the highlight videos, live audio and video coverage, as well as news, Politician Twitter feeds and more. Lastly, the Tampa Bay icon has just what you would expect Weather, News, other tabs, but there is a cool tech tab added, which is a QR Scavenger hunt game. RNC attendees who have this app can play a QR scavenger hunt scanning QR codes around Tampa at RNC locations in hopes of winning prizes — nice touch.
I was surprised to see that AT&T developed this app, but then again, maybe not. The quality of the app is very well done. There are a lot of hidden extras you will find in terms of social media integration and the ease of navigation is quite good. I found when tapping on the in app news links I stayed within the app, which I really liked. But, there is a Games tab in the Tampa Bay section that takes users out into some fairly lame AT&T Games apps, which does not really make sense when you look at the rest of the application. Overall, nice job and a nice way to stay on top of the political happenings for the Republican National Convention. Check out all our iPhone app reviews. Crazy Mike
Tampa 2012 iPhone App Details
Title: Tampa 2012
Size: 5.8 MB
Developer:AT&T Service, Inc
Store: iTunes App Store
Tampa 2012 iPhone App Download Link
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Tampa 2012 iPhone App Developers Description
Tampa 2012 is the official mobile app of the 2012 Republican National Convention. It was co-produced by the Committee on Arrangements for the 2012 Republican National Convention and the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. to help delegates, media and visiting guests during the 2012 Republican National Convention. The App includes visitor, travel, hospitality and Convention-specific information. Don’t miss Live Streaming of the convention, our up-to-date schedule, and the opportunity for discounts at GOParty participating businesses while participating in our Scavenger Hunt! With the “Tampa 2012” App, users have the opportunity to win prizes based on visiting local participating GOParty businesses. Rewards are in the form of Free Merchandise. Apple, Inc. is not a sponsor or involved in this activity in any manner. Rules / Participation Disclaimer • Open to anyone. • Prizes are limited to one per player. • Supplies are limited (quantities vary based on each level). • The competition is only valid during the week of the 2012 Republican National Convention, August 17 – 30, 2012 • To claim a prize, a player must show his device display to staff in order to indicate the prize won. Staff will then be required to indicate on the user’s device that the prize has been collected. • Tampa Bay Host Committee reserves the right to disqualify any participants based on rule tampering. • Apple, Inc. is not a sponsor or involved in this activity in any manner.
*Disclosure* The developer may have provided a “promo code” (paid voucher) for review of this iPhone application.