Besides fighting for the top job in America, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been in a bit of an app-off this election season. Romney has released two apps: an Instagram-esque photo app that embellishes pictures with a pro-Mitt overlay, and a veep announcement app that was sadly scooped by traditional media. For his part, Obama put out a swiss-army knife of an app that allows you to canvass, register voters and find local Obama events.
Naturally, there are apps for the Republican National Convention, which starts Monday in Tampa, FL, too. Below a review of four of them. We tested them out on an iPhone, but all apps are also available for Android. And all four apps are free.
RNC Visitors Guide (TBO.com)
Unfortunately, much of the Tampa Bay Tribune app’s excellent local content is buried under a cumbersome and slow loading navigation.
Screenshot of the TBO.com app
However, buried in the News section is a genuinely useful “RNC QA” that features a wealth of information, including details on which weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Isaac could trigger an evacuation of downtown and where to find parking around the convention center.
This app also offers a truly killer weather tab, that takes you to a plethora of storm-tracking options: a downtown and Tampa bay radar, as well as a “nowcast.” We will be refreshing often.
Get it for: Weather radar, RNC QA, road closures map
Functions with out cell service? The News and QA feeds will display; anything map or radar based will not.
Re:Con 2012 (National Journal)
This app features by far the cleanest navigation of these four apps–you can toggle between Tampa (red