Jets for iPhone: Find Out Where the Best Seat on the Plane Is

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I don't know when flying turned annoying for me but I absolutely hate it now. Going through security, dealing with checked bag fees and then getting stuck with an annoyingly terrible seat? Gah. Kill me. Jets doesn't solve most of my air travel woes but it does help me figure out what the best seat on the plane is.

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What's it do?

It's a very slick and very well-designed app that tells you what kind of aircraft your flight will be using and what the best seats are on your flight. Think of it like a seating chart for planes. It's really lovely, the seats are color coded (blue for standard, green for good, yellow for okay and red for bad) so quality seats are easily identifiable and the interface takes some visual cues from airports and airlines (the search bar is like an old school flight board) so it's a beaut to use. The advice is on point too, you'll know which seats have extra leg room (yes!) and which seats can't recline (no!). Basically, it's a great companion app to use before you book your ticket.

Why do we like it?

Jets is one of those gorgeous apps that combine the fluidness of great design with useful information. Some apps are nice to use because they're useful, some apps are nice to use because they're pretty but Jets is actually fun to use because it's both! You can easily search by your flight number, plane model or airlines. Of course, I'd love if there was more information—like if it could tell me which flights have Wi-Fi or if the flight serves food—and more ability—like booking tickets—but the app more than fulfills its goal: to let you know what the best seat on the plane is.

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DISCUSSION

mikeisler
Mike

So I shelled out the cash for this app, and it's pretty bad. Save your money. Not sure how much the author flies, but this app doesn't stack up well against any of the web based tools. Here's the review I left in the iTunes store:

I bought "Jets" with high hopes and after reading all of the positive reviews (which, after looking back through them, many appear to not be genuine reviews). Here are the shortcoming I've run into:

- No manufacturers other than Boeing or Airbus, which means no regional jets (Bombardier CRJs, Embraer ERJs), and no turboprops (Saab 340, Dash 8, etc). CRJs and ERJs have become much more popular in the past few years, and it's a massive omission to not have this information. For example, Embraers make up almost 30% of JetBlue's fleet alone.

- No information about in-seat power outlets

- No information about wifi being equipped on that model jet with that carrier

- No specific information on where the lavatory or galley is

- No information on in-flight entertainment equipment