[iPhone] Want a whole new way to browse Craigslist? Try cPRO craigslist client!

Craigslist was started up in 1995 as a simple email distribution list between friends in San Francisco. The next year it became a web-based service and eventually expanded to the over 50 countries it supports today. The interesting part about Craigslist, though, is that visiting the website makes you feel like it is still the late 90′s. The site is all plain text and links, with as little CSS and JavaScript as possible, something very unique in this day and age. This is where a clever app like cPRO craigslist client can spruce up your Craiglist experience.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

cPRO craigslist client provides a modern and attractive user interface for all of your Craiglist needs.

Pros

  • Manage your Craigslist account (i.e. post, repost, edit, etc.)
  • Photos can be added to your posts
  • Large number of search options
  • Supports all locations listed on Craigslist
  • Provides the ability to mark favorites
  • Ability to save any search
  • Search results can be in list format, as a photo wall, or on a map
  • Ability to Tweet any listed item
  • Several options for replying to seller (email, phone, text)
  • Sorting options for all searches

Cons

  • Ad-supported
  • Notifications about new items matching your search criteria only present in paid version
  • Avoid pop-up telling user to double-click on ad to remove it

Discussion

cPRO craigslist client is an excellent iPhone resource for any Craigslist member. Given that the actual Craigslist site is quite dull, this app changes the whole dynamic of the site so that it is simply more enjoyable to browse through. The opening page is an excellent search engine in appealing grey, blue, and white colors that has so many options, that it should find exactly what you are looking for. You have the option to change your search locale, to alter the category of item (i.e. for sale, housing, jobs, etc), and to filter results based on certain user settings including price range.

All search results in cPRO craigslist client will be loaded in a well-formatted list with price, description, photo, date, and location. The developer provides two other viewing options, which are the photo wall and the map. The photo wall is looks exactly as its described, with a 3 photo wide grid that extends down until you reach 100 results. The map mode displays pins on every location where an item is being sold.

All searches in cPRO craigslist client can be saved and are directly stored in their own “saved searches” list. Similarly, the app allows you to save any item as a favorite, which are displayed in a favorites list that is easily accessible from the main screen. The app provides a convenient and quick way to contact sellers with a menu that provides buttons to immediately call, text, or email them. The members features are also a nice treat as they provide an attractive table interface for seeing your own posts and posting new ones.

Given that this is free application with a premium option, cPRO craigslist client is indeed ad-supported. By buying the premium version, you will not only remove the ad, but get access to the notification feature. Basically the app will work in the background and whenever a new item pops up in your selected search criteria, a notification will be sent to you. This, of course, could be a major feature for the avid Craigslist user, so it is worth mentioning.

To warn you, when you first open the app, there is an ad that states you should double-tap on the ad at the bottom to remove it. I am a bit put off by this as we all know what happens when you double-click on an ad. Please do not do what the developer is asking.

Conclusion and download link

cPRO craigslist client is a significant improvement over using the main Craigslist site. The free version, despite the ad and lack of notifications, will be more than enough for many users to feel like their Craigslist browsing experience has been upgraded incredibly.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 3.64

Download size: 6.4 MB

Requires: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad; iOS 4.0 and up

cPRO craigslist client on iTunes

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