Editors' Note: The "Download Now" button will take you to Yelp's mobile site. If you are visiting this page from a BlackBerry, you can download from here. You can also download the app by visiting Yelp.com from your mobile browser.
Yelp for BlackBerry is a first stab to get Yelp.com's core review-reading features on BlackBerry phones. The three-panel start screen lets you browse or search for listings, or access your recent searches. It's not especially flashy, but it did successfully help us find a lunch spot, map it using Bing (movable) maps, and scan reviews for recommended entrees. You'll be able to view photos, launch the Web site, and call the number, but not upload your own snaps while you're actually onsite. We do appreciate the new tool to map directions to a business via Google Local, though we wish we didn't have to leave the Yelp app to do it.
Contentwise, this app is read-only, with limited interaction from users. That's not so terrible, until you realize that a much more interactive version exists for the iPhone. On BlackBerry, there's currently no way to write reviews, rate others' reviews, or e-mail a listing to a friend. However, the application is undoubtedly straightforward and easy to use, and version 1.3 is now compatible with the BlackBerry's standard shortcut keys. However, those expecting to replicate the online experience, or even the iPhone experience, on the BlackBerry may be disappointed.
The Blackberry Yelp app uses location aware technology to determine a user's current location and then allows you to search for nearby businesses, read reviews and access a moveable Bing map that enables you to easily zoom in/out of a location and redefine your search based on that geographic area. Yelp for Blackberry also works in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland - or everywhere Yelp is available.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.3 adds directions to a business and becomes compatible with standard BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts.