If you’ve ever conducted a search on the Internet, you know how important it is to get accurate and relevant results. You may have participated in the Bing It On! challenge to figure out which search engine will give you the best results. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to compare results in from three different search engines every time you search?
Good news! You can do exactly that with Power Search Web, an iPad app that shows you three search windows at once so you can compare your results easily. With this app you can choose three sites to search and to compare the results on one screen.
Using Power Search Web
Using the app is easy, you don’t need to sign in or create an account, just download it from the iTunes App Store. Click on the Settings Gear icon to open the page where you can choose three search engines to compare. Choose from the standards, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo, specialized sites, such as timmp, mamma, and famina, or shopping sites such as Amazon, eBay and Buy.
Press “Done” and you’ll be taken to three windows showing the sites you chose. Enter your search term in the top window, press the Search button and view the results from the three sites:
When you find the search result that is the most relevant for you, press the square in the upper right corner to maximize that window and read the full article. Press the line to the left of the square to go back to your triple window of results.
You can use Power Web App to compare news reports, shopping sites, word definitions and any other search term.
My tests illustrate why having this app will spoil you. I searched for “Cicada Invasion” in Google, Bing and Yahoo as that topic has been in the US news for weeks. The top results for these search engines would lead you to believe either:
- Swarmageddon is upon us,
- The Cicadas are just now emerging, or
- It’s all hype and there are no Cicadas
Clearly, further investigation is needed, which was easy to do from the app.
I also searched “Power Search Web” using the app. Ironically, only Google listed the Power Search Web app in the results for Power Web Search.
Suggestions for Improvement
When you use this app you will be spoiled by getting triple results for your searches and quickly yearn to have it on your computer. This app seems ideally suited to computer monitors and laptop screens. I can understand why they haven’t released the app for smartphones. Even phablets might have difficulty displaying three windows of search results.
Choosing search engines can be challenging. The settings screen has a collage of icons with suggested search engines, but links to add the search engines with a simple press would be helpful.
I tried to include Thesaurus as a search engine, which is one of the pictured options, but the app wouldn’t let me add it. I’m hoping Thesaurus does get added in the future.
The app forces you to choose three search engines. It would be helpful to be able to search two or one for larger windows.
Power Search Web is available for iPad at the iTunes App Store for $0.99. I have contacted the app developers to find out whether this app will be launched for other platforms and will update this article if I hear back from them.
Maximize your search results with the Power Web Search app.
Have you often wished you could compare three search engines at one time? Have you ever seen drastically different results from search engines? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below!