I really love high performance cars like Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and many others and hope to own one someday. But until I win the lottery, I have to settle for reading and watching videos of my favorite cars. Tablets, with their large HD screens are a great way to enjoy reading about the latest news on the automotive industry with pictures and videos. Today I’ll be reviewing CarBuzz, which is a brand new app for news and reviews on all car manufacturers.
CarBuzz updates their news daily so you always have fresh information every time you use the app. The app provides tons of pictures and I was very impressed with the super quick loading times. The home screen provides the current news with thumbnails pics and headlines. Articles provide more pictures and videos along with the opportunity to comment after each paragraph, picture, or video. Sharing articles to social sites is not yet activated but the developers promises it will be available soon. You can view the full gallery pics of the article and even save them to your device. Videos within the article are linked externally to YouTube. The articles themselves are not very long and tend to provide overviews. Although you get most of the information that you need, it would be nice to have more in-depth information.
The app has sections for Videos, Supercars, Spy Shots and Tuning. There are also sections for each manufacturer that provides news articles and specs for all models. When you choose a specific model, there are more articles along with Photos, Trims and Same Class of cars. The trim option provides standard specs along with MSRP and option to add for comparison. I found the comparison option useful and easy to use although it’s limited to basic information.
CarBuzz also provides what is designated as Buzz Score and Owners for each model. Buzz Score is a numerical number based on how many users choose that model as their dream car. As an example, the Porsche 911 Turbo scores a 22.9 while a BMW M3 convertible is 13.5. Although an interesting concept, it’s hard to figure out what the absolute number means. It would be more useful if there was a summary of the average Buzz Score or a percentage distribution. That way we might know if a Buzz Score of 22 is in the high range or otherwise. Regardless, it’s fun to see what people think is their dream car. You can also designate up to two cars as your own, which appears on your CarBuzz profile. This way you can see who else has the same car along with comments and get updates.
Overall, what most impressed me about CarBuzz was the high quality pics and how instantly they loaded on each page. The list of manufacturers they cover is very extensive and it was easy to quickly get information on any model or trim. What the app lacks is very in-depth articles like what you get form Car and Driver. But overall this is a good app and worth taking a look if you enjoy cars.
Download from the Android Market.