Craiglist, the vast classified ads Web site, is part marketplace for buyers and sellers and part entertainment for window shoppers. SplashData, gives you both parts with iCraig, an app that lets you see what's going on in the world of Craigslist ads in your area.
Like Craigslist itself, there's not much to iCraig. You'll use the app, very much as you would the online version.
First, select your location, state and city or market area. Next, select the category and subcategory you're interested in viewing.
Tapping the Filters button on the same screen will take you to the "FilterPicker" preferences pages where you can elect to filter listings with images, search by title only and enter minimum and maximum prices.
When you're ready, tap the Search button, or if you prefer, enter a term into the search bar at the top of the screen to further narrow your options, and you'll get a list of headers of the first 100 results for the subcategory (just like the online version). If a listing includes an image, you see a camera icon adjacent to it.
Tap the listing and it will open with the same view you'll see online. With iCraig you also have the option to go step forward to the next listing from the same page.
If you would like to respond via email, tap the email button on the menu or tap the highlighted address at the top of the message and your native email app will open with the address and subject line already filled in (again, just like the real deal).
If you regularly check the same categories or use the same search terms, you can create a bookmark with a single tap of the plus sign in the upper right corner. Later, you can review your bookmarks and search history with a tap of the bookmark icon at the bottom of the screen.
There's no doubt that using iCraig is faster than using your Safari browser. The difference, however, is that iCraig doesn't give you the options to view a listing in landscape mode or pinch and zoom images and text.
The App Store features several craigslist apps like this one — some free and some for more money. I haven't looked at the others, so I can't say how this one compares, so give the others a look before you buy. Start with CraigsMobileList and Craigsphone. It's really about finding the interface and functions that best suite your needs.