Developer: EPage, Inc.
Price: $2.99 Download on the App Store
Classifieds Pro by EPage, Inc. is a compilation of classified sites like Craigslist, eBay, iClassifieds, and Oodle in one simple app for the iPhone or iPod touch. The collection of sites is easy to browse and the ads are filtered by category when and where applicable. Before beginning the basic breakdown of Classifieds Pro, it’s only fair to tell you that I am a classified ads junkie and thus may be a bit biased towards an app that puts so much information at my fingertips. However, I’ll do my best to keep to the facts.
When I first launched Classifieds Pro, I went straight to Craigslist. The location set by default is Los Angeles and it took me a few minutes to figure out how to navigate Classifieds Pro settings to figure out I needed to register with an email and password to change the default settings for the listed sites. Logging in or registering, whichever I did, was achievable directly from the app, easy peasy. Once logged in, you can change the settings on Craigslist to search your location or any other you choose.
The two most useful sites included on Classifieds Pro currently are Craigslist and eBay — at least in my opinion. This is largely because Craigslist allows you to filter by a specific location before searching, where iClassifieds and Oodle do not. Oodle has several listings, but you could be living in Ormandy Beach, Florida searching for a puppy or a guitar amp in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The iClassifieds site doesn’t seem to have much listed, as many categories turn up no items and many of the listings that do turn up reek of either loneliness, boredom, or outright marketing spoofs.
In addition to viewing classifieds ads at the included sites, Classifieds Pro users can also upload ads to iClassifieds, EPage, and Craigslist. Using the iPhone camera, take a photo of an item, create the ad and upload the photo. As I mentioned earlier, there doesn’t seem to be an influx of variety on iClassifieds yet, but there are a few cars and other legitimate items and it’s possible that it’s just a matter of time before more and more users upload. The posting service on these sites is free.
While Classifieds Pro is fairly easy to use once you check out the help section and navigate the login process, it may not be completely stable yet. I experienced several instances where Classifieds Pro just shut down mid-browsing. It didn’t appear to be caused by any rhyme or reason or related to browsing any one particular site, so I find it difficult to comment on stability beyond this. However, the search function and site browsing was relatively quick to respond most of the time. You can also bookmark items for later viewing.
If you are interested in having the ability to browse ads from Craigslist, view eBay listings and glean the other included sites from time to time directly on your iPhone, then Classifieds Pro is definitely a quicker, cleaner way to do that than to use the Safari browser. The developer states more sites will be made available and added later, though which ones and how useful they are remains to be seen. All in all, if you frequent sites like eBay, Craigslist, and Shopzilla, then you may be the perfect candidate for Classifieds Pro.