Hands-on with the Sochi 2014 Guide app for iOS and Android

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The Sochi 2014 Olympics are a little more than a week away, and all we’ve seen is political controversy and a crowd of excited athletes ready to compete. We also know that while a lot of these athletes and spectators await the arrival of the games, they will be anxiously checking their iPhones for tips and guides on what to do. What better way to learn your way around Sochi than with the Sochi 2014 Guide? The app provides all of the information you’ll need at the games, and can be quite useful even for those not at the Olympics, too. Here’s a look at some of the features.

Sochi 2014 Schedule of Events

The schedule of events goes back quite a few days in the month of January through the last day of the games. The schedule of events is the first thing you see when you open the application, and it is probably the most helpful feature in the entire application because it allows users to see every single event that will take place. The app organizes the events by date, name and symbol, and when each of them is clicked it opens up tabs with the location, news about the event, and photos as well.

Sochi 2014 Guide Catalogue

The catalogue is the second most useful feature in the application, helping users who are searching for an event by looking at the different sports that are offered. It also goes through the dates of the Olympic Torch Relay, and it has tabs for ceremonies, cultures, and other official events. It is the place to go in the app if you’re not sure exactly what you want to do first.

Sochi 2014 News and Photos

For those of you that are not attending the Sochi 2014 Olympics and you’re just following along on the application, this is the best place to be. This app will keep you posted with news and photos about the goings on in most of the events. You can enjoy a number of different angles and shots in this part of the application and gauge different viewpoints as you follow along on television as well.

Sochi 2014 Places

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For the lucky one who are able to attend the Sochi Olympic games this year, the Places section of the app is the best place to explore. It seems accurate, though I am probably just surprised the mapping feature works so well. This section starts up by showing the Olympic park and identifies all of the arenas. If any arena is clicked, it gives more specific information and directions to the arena from where the user is located. The catalogue is also accessible from the Places section, and users can also directly route from their current location, much like Google Maps or Maps on iOS. A special Transport tab under places provides users with a full size map of train and bus lines to the different activities and sports that are going on.

The Sochi 2014 Olympics will take place between February 7 and February 23rd, 2014. The Sochi 2014 Guide for iOS is available as a free download in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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  • Christian Puricelli

    You might also want to check out the Sochi News App if you are not attending the event and want more news & videos