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Zagat for BlackBerry updated to v8.0

Zagat for BlackBerry
By ObiGeorge on 21 May 2011 12:58 pm EDT
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Zagat is an application that lets you search, view, rate, map, and make reservations for restaurants across the nation. It is a great app to have while traveling, but it also good just to search restaurants you may not know about in your area. New features in this update include:

  • Support for the newest BlackBerry devices
  • Location-based search- Get ratings on restaurants that are nearby
  • Reservations- Make restaurant reservations right from the app
  • Map view- View Zagat-Rated restaurants on a map, for your location or within a search

You can pick up Zagat for BlackBerry for $1.99 per month, or $9.99 per year. However, they do offer a 14 day free trial, so you can give it a try with no commitment. It is available for all BlackBerry devices running 4.5+.

More information and download of Zagat

Reader comments

Zagat for BlackBerry updated to v8.0

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the fee is a tough one on this kind of app. I don't know what kind of person would pay for the privilege of rating one place or another. I know it isn't me. With free internet sites, and apps available, this one had better be a standout.

wha-wha-what???

Can someone who uses this app please justify the cost? A recurring cost at that.

I mean, Poynt, Where, OpenTable, Four Square, and that slot machine app that I can't think of right now all do what this proposes to do and more.

What does this app have over the others that justifies the recurring cost?

Zagat's guide has been around since the early '80s. It was published annually for the big cities and was an indispensible guide for unbiased opinions on restaurants. Companies would order custom guides with their names printed on the cover as handouts to employees and guests. It was a real status symbol in the 80s and 90s to have a good Zagat rating. It is also very trusted since users can't stuff the ballot box with phony reviews and excessive votes as everything is reviewed by humans. Their features list is really excellent and allows you to filter results by feature and then sort by rating. With the proliferation of the internet, however, Zagat has become less useful as most information, though not as well organized, is available elsewhere for free. The fact that there is an annual fee (which is an additional fee if you subscribe to the website as well) makes it less attractive as other options, but the information is generally excellent in major cities. They are going to have to rethink their strategy in the coming years as the baby boomers who support Zagat are replaced by folks who know how to get the same information on the internet for free.