Barriosquare, a dedicated foursquare app for the N900 has been available for quite a while now. But in my usage I have found it to be slow and unreliable. Infact when it is refreshing with the server, your ability to multitask on the N900 is taken away.
In comes Cotchin!, a web based app for Foursquare which can be used to going to cotchin.com/m from your N900. It uses the Geo-Location extension of the N900′s MicroB browser to locate nearby venues for checking-in. Even on a slowish connection, it is fast and also offers the ability to look for your friends, at your history, search, shout and of course check-in.
- A simple tap on the ‘Places’ button brings the following up within seconds.
- You can tap on a name to check-in. Also tap the Facebook and Twitter buttons depending on whether you want the notification sent to the respective service. I love this feature.
- Clicking on ‘Friends List’ brings a list of your foursquare friends, sorted by the time of check-in. You can also use the search function here.
- The ‘Me’ reveals your history, mayorships and badges.
To use Cotchin! on your N900, you will need to install the Maemo Geolocation plugin if you already haven’t. You will find it in the Application Manager’s repositories. Alternatively, download it from here and install.
When you open cotchin.com/m on your N900 for the first time, you will see the above popup, select ‘always allow for this site’. The developers have pledged their support for the N900 and promise features like mini reviews, an enhanced history page and enhanced venue search in subsequent versions.
In my opinion, it is currently the best way to check-in from the N900.