There are countless online classifieds websites and applications each one with their pros and cons, a new contender in the online classifieds battlefield is AskMe and it’s companion app of the same name.
Onto the app now, AskMe, as it’s changelog suggests, recently got a design refresh and I must say I like the ideology behind it. It keeps the Holo standards of Android KitKat with a few changes in the UI but the app is a little late because of the Material guidelines for Android L are already here and being uses. Though the app, at times, feels a little iOS-y but it’s still not pulling a JustDial on us by directly porting the iOS app which is a relief.
As soon as the app is launched and you’re greeted with the start screen, it starts searching for your location, which might use GPS, WiFi or Mobile Data connectivity. Like all its counterparts, it then automatically enters your city location and pulls ads. What I liked was that it is basically all businesses, offers, resale requests in one place which would save user the time and much needed space.
The navigation through the app is streamlined enough and makes browsing for deals or searching for some particular product or service as easy as pie. Here are a few screenshots explaining the process of searching for a product. I did a search for ‘Google Nexus 5’ which is the phone I’m using.
There are useful Filter options available for sorting results as well as a direct ‘Deals’ page where all deals from a city about a particular product or service can be looked at. The arrows in the right can be dragged to bring out a call button (network charges may apply on calling, depending upon your plans) and a single tap on the deal card shows you other details such as price, name of seller, location, mobile number, pictures (if any) etc.
Though loaded with features and a decent enough UI the app can really improve it’s usability. There exists a noticeable lag everywhere and the transitions aren’t very smooth at times which I’m sure will be improved in the updates to follow.
I definitely recommend trying AskMe and then deciding for yourself. I might even go ahead and give it a 4/5 where I deducted 1 for the stutters which I’m sure will be improved in the future.