February 08, 2010, 3:22 PM — BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has finally decided to give its blessing to the "official" craigslist mobile app for BlackBerry smartphones.
I first told you about the $5 craigslist mobile for BlackBerry app, developed by Movela/Pyxis Mobile, last November. It seems that app has been stuck in the BlackBerry App World approval process for the past few months--sound familiar??--but RIM just yesterday gave it the thumbs-up.
craigslist mobile from Movela offers all the basic features found on the full craigslist.com website, and its intuitive user interface (UI) makes it simple to browse various site listings and respond to interesting posts immediately from within the app, via e-mail or phone.
BlackBerry users who are familiar with Movela Netflix Queue Manager will immediately recognize the craigslist mobile UI, as it works very much like the company's Netflix app. And craigslist mobile for BlackBerry offers quick, one-click access from the app's home screen to listings on craigslist sections including Community, Personals, Housing, Jobs, For Sale, Services, Gigs and more.
A Preferences tab atop the app home screen lets you quickly swap between cities, states and countries, and you can elect to employ your device's font style within the app to make it feel more your own.
And a basic navigation bar along the bottom lets you quickly return to the home screen; view saved searches and perform new queries; check on bookmarked listings; submit feedback to the app's makers; and send alerts BlackBerry-toting friends who might want to check out craigslist mobile for themselves.
But at $4.99, the app's not exactly cheap, especially since craigslist.com has a half-decent mobile website that offers much of the same features and functionality as the Movela BlackBerry app. The app is better organized and it's both easier and faster to navigate than the website, so if you're a frequent craigslist user, $5 may actually be a small price to pay for the convenience.
The new craigslist mobile app is also officially supported by craigslist, according to Movela.