Lifelike Craig Review: Give Craigslist A Better Layout

Craigslist may be ugly as hell.  Still, it remains the most useful listing service around any time you want to find stuff or move any of your own gear.  If you use Craigslist on your iPhone, Lifelike Craig can make the experience a whole lot more palatable.

Not happy working with the site's ancient interface?  Not a problem, as the app takes its data and lays it out in a more attractive and functional form.  The result is a newspaper classifieds-style table layout that makes finding stuff easy and more intuitive.

Normally, apps offer a second-rate experience compared to the actual website on a desktop machine.  In Lifelike Craig's case, I actually prefer the mobile version over the all-text listings I get from a full-sized browser.   While I tried mine on an iPhone, I imagine the iPad version is even better (due to the more spacious display).

As with Craigslist, you can search for posted ads and filter them with a variety of setting -- a very helpful feature considering the sheer amount of stuff in their database.  You can run the search for both titles and post content, skip ads that contain specific keywords, stick with posts that contain pictures and set price ranges.    Plus, you can slap a big red circle on ads you want to keep tabs on, just like you do with a real newspaper listing.

You can also sign in to your Craigslist account in order to manage your ads and create new ones.  For some reason, I find it a lot easier to use than the web interface, likely because of the facility to add photos to the ads quickly.

If you're a Craigslist user, Lifelike Craig can make using it a whole lot easier.  It's available from the App Store, priced at $2.99.

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