A recent survey of the two people next to my desk at work reveals that 100% of Americas prefer cheaper gas prices. With this in consideration, I gladly choose GasBuddy for the mobile app of this week.
This app helps you find cheaper gas prices at each station in your area with help of the GPS on your mobile devices.
You can check gas prices in two views: a list view or a map view. Either one gets you the prices for regular, midgrade and premium gas as well as diesel. The map view presents you with a standard Google map overlaid with icons indicating prices. In areas where gas stations are a lot, these icons cluster together but you can always zoom in on the map, or alternatively switch to a list view with a tap.
You have two options to search for gas prices, either look for stations near you with the GPS function of your device, or find gas stations by city, state, or zip code.
GasBuddy has an impressive amount of information without being clunky; you do not have to dig for the information you need. When viewing the gas prices, you can select a specific station to view its profile, which includes a picture of the station, address, directions to the station, and facilities such as an air pump, food mart or restrooms available at the station.
This app is pleasantly customizable. You can select a default gas type to view from the app, set it to automatically launch and find gas stations near you, and even convert its measuring system from miles to kilometers.
GasBuddy receives its information through user contribution. You can report prices and add comments such as "beware of the pizza" for stations near you. It's a painless process as you don't need an account to do so.
But if you decide to sign up for a free account, you can earn points besides a warm sensation of goodwill in submitting prices and comments to help others. With these points you can “purchase” tickets for a weekly lottery for $250 worth of gas. A small achievement, why not?
I have found that this system works well. Gas prices for stations in my area were almost always accurate, and if they weren’t, the prices were only off by a few cents. The gas prices were updated usually every other day, but some stations received updated gas prices as frequently as every few hours.
GasBuddy - Find Cheap Gas — Free Android / iOS App of the Week
For iPhone (compatible with iPad)
Size: 7.2 MB
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For Windows Phone
Size: 1.0 MB
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