Yelp Finally Unveils App for Blackberry

For those of you who haven’t heard, earlier today Yelp finally unveiled an app for Blackberry users. The existing Yelp app that was recently updated to 2.0 was only for those hip enough to own an iPhone. Unfortunately for us business squares (or wannabe business posers) the land of instantaneous restaurant recognition was one that could not be reached.

Thankfully, with Yelp’s new GPS-enabled divining rod of sorts, the guy with the power tie can finally find the best power breakfast without missing a beat.

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Bar Hopping Made Easy

Here’s the rundown of the app:

The Yelp app knows where you are based on your position on the planet, which is triangulated using satellites and cell towers that communicate with the Blackberry (who I’ll call Barry). Because of this union between Barry and space debris, the Yelp app can give you a good idea of what places have been reviewed in your vicinity. It seems to cover about a half a mile (basically reasonable walking distance). This is the first (and coolest) function of the Yelp app. It’s called Nearby.

The second function is Search. Obviously enough, it searches for reviewed places within in your vicinity or any other city you desire and saves recent searches (just in case you used the app to get shwasted).

The third function, Recent,  seems a bit redundant to the untrained idiot (I mean eye) but actually provides you with the recent choices you’ve made from using Nearby instead of telling you the recent places you’ve searched for via analog thumb typing.

Cons

The default first four categories that you see when you open the app are Restaurants, Bars, Coffee & Tea, and Drugstores (including a pretty nifty Hot On Yelp category). It’s great that they provide you with a More Options category, which directs you to (you guessed it) more categories to choose from, but I would like to have the option of customizing which categories are in my top four. I would go for Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, and No Assholes (oh how I wish that were possible).

Also, I don’t have GPS on my phone and this may be the reason why my location is off by a block, but seriously, what douchebag would complain about that?! The fact that I can still get my current location down to a block is a hell of a lot better than the annoying, battery-sucking guesswork of the Google Maps app!

The biggest con of all though has to be the lack of review writing. I can blog on my phone. I should be able to Yelp too.

Pros

Bar hopping just got a lot easier and the question of “where do you want to eat?” and “what’s good around here?” asked by your significant other doesn’t have to be as painful as it once was.  Problem solved!

You get to look like a real know-it-all and never have to deal with painfully slow downloads because you forgot the Yelp mobile web address.

Excuse me while I point my divining rod thataway

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