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Craigslist for BlackBerry review

CrackBerry Idol - Gregg
By Kevin Michaluk on 1 Jul 2010 11:30 pm EDT
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Craigslist Mobile App for BlackBerry by Movela Review

Today I will be reviewing the Craigslist Mobile app by Movela. This application is the first version released by Movela and it's version is 1.0 . Most people in the United States have heard of the website craigslist.com. Craigslist is a website where people can post ads for everything and anything you can think of. This site is NOT just for things for sale, but also for things lost or found, activitiy announcements, garage sale listings and even the ever so popular "Personals" section where people can post personal ads. What this application does is allow you to browse the craigslist website on your Blackberry with out having to load the site on your mobile browser. So whether you are looking to find a local garage sale while out and about or looking for a "casual encounter" while out of town on business, Craigslist Mobile had you covered!

Overview

Movela released this application to the Blackberry App world in September of 2009. The application is available for all devices and all current official OS releases. Weighing in at 840KB the application does not put much stress on the already thinning device memory. The application is currently priced at $4.99 and can be purchased via Blackberry App world. What I have found is that this app holds true to Movela's boast of it being a full featured browsing app. The app has every feature you would need in order to find a craigslist add and reply to it with very little effort. The interface of this application is very user friendly and has a very nice feel to the browsing.

Craigslist for BlackBerry

Features

During your initial setup you will be asked to fill in from a drop down menu the Country, State\Prov, City and Sub Region of the place in which you would like to search for ads from. At the bottom of that screen is an option to use your current device font if you wish, which is a nice touch. Some people really like looking at certain fonts all the time and not every application will allow for this.

Craigslist for BlackBerry

Once you have setup where you would like to search from the main screen will look like this and give you all the categories you may search from. You will find every category that is available on the craigslist website is here for you to search accept the discussion forums. This version does not contain discussion forum features and hopefully this will be an addition to a later version. At the bottom of each screen you are given an icon that will allow you to access different features faster than using the menu. The options are: Home, which takes you back the home screen. Search, this allows you to search all postings for your selected region for keywords that would help you find a posting faster. My Searches, this allows you do check on your most resent searches or setup a saved search word or phrase for faster searching for similar items. Bookmarks for saving pages you wish to return to quickly and finally Recommend Craigslist Mobile to a friend.

Craigslist for BlackBerry

Now that your ready to browse you may click on any of the main search categories to get a list of sub categories to help refine what your searching for. If you click on the Personals section you will receive a few disclaimer messages that you will need to click "I agree" to in order to continue to that section of the app. This is the only category that requires this because of the possibility of seeing (and possibly regret seeing) adult content.

You can reply to postings using the menu and will be required to type in a Captcha as part of craigslist ever growing Spam and fraud prevention practices. Ugh, say that three times fast!?! Once you have entered the Captcha you will be given a reply e-mail address that you can copy and paste into your e-mail application later. I would have liked to have seen the ability to link the e-mail address so that when you click on it, it would automatically launch your e-mail app and auto create an e-mail to that address. This is a feature that most people are used to having when using the craigslist website.

Craigslist for BlackBerry

Findings

I have been using this application every day since I originally downloaded it 6 months ago. I search craigslist a lot for discount electronics and people who do not know the value of their Blackberry and want to try and sell it off. These people make me sad but c'mon, if you saw a Blackberry Storm 2 on sale for $80.00 your telling me you would try and talk the seller into charging more or not selling it at all? YEAH RIGHT!

I have found that the application does seem a little slow at times and a lot of that has to do with network signal strength. The application Pulls from the craigslist site when you refresh your search category as well as when you start the application for the first time. I would like to have seen an auto refresh feature or some kind of streaming feed but there is always room for improvement. Overall this application is very useful and comes in handy when you do not have access to your computer or are bored in Jury Duty!

Craigslist for BlackBerry

 

Craigslist for BlackBerry

 

Craigslist for BlackBerry

Pros

  • Super easy to use
  • Small Device Memory Footprint
  • Ability to view images on ads
  • Easier to view and search than the mobile site on your device

Cons

  • Only menu option to exit the program is visible from the home screen and not all screens.
  • Does not have the ability to Post listings from the application
  • Can be slow at low network signal strength

Conclusion

The pros definitely outweigh the cons with this application. It's price tag is fair and the features are impressive. I would rate this application at 4 stars out of 5. With only a few minor tweaks and just a few new features, I think this application could be a power house. So if it's a new car your looking for or a place to stay or possibly a JOB ( the word of today is JOB, J.O.B) change, this app has what your looking for. And if your out there cruising for a "casual encounter" or the next Love of You Life, this craigslist app by Movela has you covered like a jimmy hat! ;) Stay safe!

** This review was written as part of the CrackBerry Idol 2010 competition. Click for details. **

24 comments

Kevin Michaluk

Kevin (aka Ryan Seacrest): Nice review their Gregg. Liked it a lot! Man I wish this app was free, but I guess that's not up to you or me. Let's check in on the judges with their thoughts on your review.

CrackBerry Idol Judges

Dieter: Gotta hit you on the "your/you're" thing, dawg, but other than that you owned this review - well I might have mentioned the fact that you can't post to craigslist earlier, that would be a dealkiller for me. Your video clearly shows you understand the app but doesn't quite help me understand it, it wanders just a little bit and it's hard to keep a sense of place. Still, real potential here, hope you make it to the next round!

Georgia: I enjoyed reading your written review, you had a sweet flow through your sentences. The video meandered around the applications basics but I never really felt I got to know the application enough. I think you did a good job, and I hope that you get to stay in the competition.

Craig: Great blog post. Few grammatical errors as Dieter mentioned. BlackBerry has 2 capital B's. The video was good because you showed the app in action. It allowed me to see it in action. I would have liked to have seen a more professional edit to polish it up.

sweetlittlehugs

It doesn't allow you to post? Maybe we need the craigs
Pro+ app.

XWolf

Overall a good review. I was just disappointed that after reading it I had to be told by the app store that it is US only. Really that should be in the review as a con.

henry2264

I'm quite sceptical of any app that requires you to pay to browse a free website so I especially not happy with this one. It only works in the US and paying $4.99 is too high price to pay just because your too lazy to type craigslist into your browser and have the ability to choose a font.

I agree with XWolf with this one. The review should of been critical of a app that charges to browse a free website with zero functionality outside of the US. I would only given this app a 2 or 3 out of 10, looks good but overpriced with limited functionality and use.

henry2264

I'm quite sceptical of any app that requires you to pay to browse a free website so I especially not happy with this one. It only works in the US and paying $4.99 is too high price to pay just because your too lazy to type craigslist into your browser and have the ability to choose a font.

I agree with XWolf with this one. The review should of been critical of a app that charges to browse a free website with zero functionality outside of the US. I would only given this app a 2 or 3 out of 10, looks good but overpriced with limited functionality and use.

henry2264

I'm quite sceptical of any app that requires you to pay to browse a free website so I especially not happy with this one. It only works in the US and paying $4.99 is too high price to pay just because your too lazy to type craigslist into your browser and have the ability to choose a font.

I agree with XWolf with this one. The review should of been critical of a app that charges to browse a free website with zero functionality outside of the US. I would only given this app a 2 or 3 out of 10, looks good but overpriced with limited functionality and use.

henry2264

I'm quite sceptical of any app that requires you to pay to browse a free website so I especially not happy with this one. It only works in the US and paying $4.99 is too high price to pay just because your too lazy to type craigslist into your browser and have the ability to choose a font.

I agree with XWolf with this one. The review should of been critical of a app that charges to browse a free website with zero functionality outside of the US. I would only given this app a 2 or 3 out of 10, looks good but overpriced with limited functionality and use.

kolonji

Isn't it craigslist.ORG ??

rrspikes

Yep, but you're redirected when you use Craigslist.com or Craigslist.net

lmengerink

I always type in craigslist.com and am redirected to craigslist.org. (Just did it on my Storm2 too.) Not a huge deal, but do believe the ".org" is the correct address for the site. A bigger deal (to me) is utilizing your/you're incorrectly. I see enough of that on MB. Shouldn't see it on a post by the site.

Xopher

The written review was good. I think you hit the points well, although I wouldn't consider any app over 500K to be one with a "small footprint". I know apps are getting larger these days, but those with 128MB or less will be watching how much space gets taken up.

The video wasn't bad. You hit on a lot of the point in your walk-through. Movement of your Storm wasn't distracting and helped by zooming in on the different portions of the screen. You need to watch the Uh's, though. Uh's and Um's make it look like you don't know what your talking about and are just winging it.

webmastir

stupid to pay for an app that should be free, imo =/

GhostGregg

Thank you everyone for your comments! I unfortunately was very rushed in the video making process due to a family emergency. I really wanted to put a better polish on my review but I had a deadline and really did not want to have to drop out of the competition. I hope my flair can get me through to the next lvl where I promise to knock some socks off!

decypher44

Honestly, what is it with BB apps being so damn pricey? It's embarrasing. This app should be free. Many apps should be free or $0.99.

But for this app, I wouldn't spend 0.50. Dude, Craiglist.....

devGOD

there is no need for an app for craigslist. it works fine with the BB browser.

ST1100A

One of the issues is not being able to flag posts with this app. I asked about that and was told it would be coming in the next update. Since it's been 7 months since they said that, I'm not holding my breath...

mike340t

agree with devGOD .. It loads instantly in browser.. Same goes with many of the useless banking apps that banks put out.. When the browser works just fine and great...

f00fyf00fer

It's a .org, not a .com

Bramsy

hi guys. u are 100% correct that this should be free.

i just searched and found this app for my DROID and it was indeed free.

http://www.android.com/market/#app=com.mufumbo.craigslist.notification.a...

im not here to rub it in or phone war or any BS like that. but dont you think that crazy dumb?!? feels like craigslist is pulling a fast one on you. sheesh even makes me mad that they are ripping you off. happy berrying!

mikeo007

Every concern I had was pretty much summed up by other commenters. Like a lot of the reviewers, you are promoting the app more than reviewing it, but your video and review were still fairly informative. You are also a very confident speaker, which really works well for the video reviews. Good luck!

arrago

abit rough but has ability, he should be given a second chance to show his talents in another round.

over all his reviews seems to flow most of the time, he seems to know somewhat how to follow a review structure and keep his audiance interested.

CrackCurve56

This is a waste, at least for me. This website is known for "porn" and companies that "don't honor" their committments. Sorry but another app would have been better to review. Also, be a bit more cheerful. That would help. :)

Scarlett

This certainly opened my eyes about Craigslist. This is one app I won't buy and a site I won't be visiting. As for the review it was a little choppy but understandable considering the circumstances. I commend you for putting family first as it should be.