Crowsr Review
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Crowsr Review

Our Review by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 4th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLIFY CRAIGSLIST
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Simple, clean and bare-bones approach to Craiglist Browsing on your iPhone. Offering in-app email and favorites, but not much else.

Developer: Henry Brown

Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

This apps sole purpose is to make searching and browsing Craigslist easier, and more user friendly. I honestly did not know up until using this app that Craigslist did not have a mobile version of its site. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that they don't offer an official iPhone app either.

Crowsr hopes to offer a better, easier Craigslist experience with a simple and clean user interface and design. This no-frills app gives you the ability to search all of Craigslist with an easier to interact with interface. First, as compared to the main site on an iOS device, it is a lot cleaner with simple search and category listings, probably taking a page from the Google design handbook. Once you have your search results, the listings page is a whole lot easier to read than that regular site. The simple black-on-white text and properly formatted lists are very much easier to use than the site itself on the small iPhone screen.

From within each listing you have the option to email the seller directly from your device, or save as one of your favorites, a list which is complied within the app itself. Although that's pretty much where the functionality of this app ends. I do wish it had a few more options, such as being able to email, text or tweet out the url to share with friends. It is also lacking support for countries outside of the US, as well as any sort of location-based search using GPS, which would be a very helpful addition, and cut down on the search and settings configuration time. You can't subscribe to a certain search term or even community, another feature that would really boost the helpful and re-use of the app.

There's no doubt that this app does what it aims to do, it's a sleek bare-bones browser. and genuinely offers an easier, simpler way to browse Craigslist. But, in order to compete with other Craigslist apps available I think it should seriously consider offering any additional features. Or, at the very least cost $0.99 instead of $1.99. There are better, more robust options at this price point.

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