Best of WES 2007 - Yahoo! Go

And the winner of the CrackBerry.com BEST of WES 2007 "It's About Crack'n Time Award"  is.... the envelope please ....

Yahoo! Go

That's right. When I walked away from the Yahoo booth at WES 2007 I was from then on a changed man. For some people, this award might come as a bit of a shock, as it's old news - Yahoo! Go with integrated services for BlackBerry became available over a year ago. So maybe that means it should have been Best of WES 2006, but I wasn't there, so 2007 it is!

Yahoo! Go - Best of WES 2007 If you have never seen this application before, I challenge you to download it and give it a go. I think you will agree with me that Yahoo! Go sets a new benchmark for Mobile Applications. From my experience I've always considered WAP sites and Berry Applications to be a compromise in terms of looks and functionality when compared to their desktop counterparts.

Yahoo! Go sacrifices nothing. The mobile app/site brings great looks, combined with all of the content and services that Yahoo's web site offers. It's fast, as well as easy to navigate and use (my only complaint - trackwheel users will have to hold down the Alt Key to move from the Menu Carousel to the Main Content Area. Trackball users it's all good).

By Kevin Michaluk on 15 May 2007 12:23 pm EDT
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And the winner of the CrackBerry.com BEST of WES 2007 "It's About Crack'n Time Award"  is.... the envelope please ....

Yahoo! Go

That's right. When I walked away from the Yahoo booth at WES 2007 I was from then on a changed man. For some people, this award might come as a bit of a shock, as it's old news - Yahoo! Go with integrated services for BlackBerry became available over a year ago. So maybe that means it should have been Best of WES 2006, but I wasn't there, so 2007 it is!

Yahoo! Go - Best of WES 2007 If you have never seen this application before, I challenge you to download it and give it a go. I think you will agree with me that Yahoo! Go sets a new benchmark for Mobile Applications. From my experience I've always considered WAP sites and Berry Applications to be a compromise in terms of looks and functionality when compared to their desktop counterparts.

Yahoo! Go sacrifices nothing. The mobile app/site brings great looks, combined with all of the content and services that Yahoo's web site offers. It's fast, as well as easy to navigate and use (my only complaint - trackwheel users will have to hold down the Alt Key to move from the Menu Carousel to the Main Content Area. Trackball users it's all good).

Check out the online demo here (it doesn't use a berry but we'll forgive them for it), and when you're ready to download it on to your blackberry point your mobile browser to http://m.yahoo.com.

Function over Fashion, or Fashion over Function. When it comes to Apps for your BlackBerry you can't have both. That's what I always thought. And I was wrong. Yahoo Go! proved you can have your cake and eat it too.  Congrats!!

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A shame it's not available for the 8800 yet! I've signed up for the text message from Yahoo Go! for when it's available...

I totally disagree with the review of Yahoo Go. I uninstalled within days, and BB users have commented on other sites that they uninstalled quickly too. I don't see it.

Hey Nostalgiaguru,

I wouldn't say that I disagree with you here.

Yahoo! Go is a content program. I think if you are an avid Yahoo! fan - you use Yahoo! email, track your stocks in Yahoo! finance, read Yahoo! news, then the odds are this is an application that will stay on your phone for the long haul. It's a well done mobile extension of their website.

However, if you are not a regular Yahoo! user (and I fit this category), then the odds of this application staying on your phone for more than a week are slim to none. It's not going to convert you to become a Yahoo! user.

The reason I think this application deserved the Best in Show award is because it really raises the standard of what a mobile application can look and function like. It's the first mobile app I have ever seen that doesn't look plain vanilla. Real design and marketing effort has been put into it, and it shows. And I think you will now see, since the introduction of Yahoo! Go, a lot more apps hitting the market that follow this route. Sure it's a consumer app, not an enterprise app, but I think even the enterprise developers are going to start finding they can add some fashion along with their function.

Actually, I use My Yahoo for my home page, stock ticker, TV listings, scores, Fantasy sports; Yahoo Go is just too cumbersome.