Hot Culture iPhone App Review.
Did you know that there are tons of Polish events taking place throughout the world every month? Nowadays, going to Poland isn't the only option if you're looking to find out more about its culture or if you’re an expat. You can check out sites or read different magazines to find out all there is to know about Polish culture and events. Or, better yet, you can download Hot Culture from the AppStore and find all the information you need in one place.
What is Hot Culture
Hot Culture is the app that helps you find out more about Poland and its culture by letting you choose from three different subjects. You can read about Polish authors and their works by accessing the Knowledge Base, watch pictures in Multimedia, or discover Polish events from all around the world in Calendar.
After downloading the app, there's just one thing you need to do before you can get started, and that is updating the information in Hot Culture. The good thing is that once it finishes updating, you'll really enjoy the information that it provides. Unfortunately, the worst thing about it is that it will seem like an eternity until the app will be ready to use. It can take up to 20 minutes for the update to install, and accessing other apps in the meantime will only increase this period. So, the best thing to do is just let Hot Culture do its thing and use this time to do something else, that doesn't involve using the iPad. I know that kinda sucks.
Pictures, events & more
Once the update is installed, it's time for you to enjoy Hot Culture. If you're looking for Polish events in your area, just access the Calendar, pick a date and start reading. Hot Culture provides you with events from the past and the next two weeks, so there's a good chance you'll find a couple of events taking place in your city. Unfortunately, you can't search for a particular event or location, and even when you find an interesting event, you can't add it to your reminders or even share it with your friends, unless you access the site where you can find more information about it.
But if looking for events will turn out to be a bit of a struggle, the Knowledge Base and Multimedia can prove to be exactly what you're looking for when you want to find out more about Polish culture. Accessing the Knowledge Base will provide you with information concerning various topics like literature, visual arts, music, film or theater. Plus, the visuals make choosing a topic and reading about it even more appealing.
The problem with Hot Culture is that it acts like a tool to promote a website (from where it gets its information) and not something standalone. It doesn’t use the iPad to its full potential and lacks in areas where you least expect it. I would have like to see a higher level of interactivity in this app, optimizing that lengthy update process (I’ve already downloaded the app, I want to use it, not render my iPad useless while you do an update), and bring people together through the app, by adding event sharing and updating a calendar right from the app. Until these are solved, I can find all the information right on that website.
In short, Hot Culture seems like a mobile web app and not a native app.
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