Yahoo Go! for Blackberry

Google Reader, Search & Maps were probably the first application(s) that I installed on my shiney new Blackberry Curve 8310.  I uninstalled all the Yahoo! related apps because I just don’t Yahoo!, no grudge or anything, but I wasn’t an active user of their services.

Screenshot of Yahoo! GO 3.0 on Blackberry Curve (8300 series)

Screenshot of Yahoo! GO 3.0 on Blackberry Curve (8300 series)

I checked out m.yahoo.com when ReadWriteWeb blogged “Yahoo! Rolls Out New Mobile Web Campaign.” When I tried to load the URL on my phone, I got some sort of runaround and eventually figured that only the iPhone was included so far. Maybe I was missing something, or maybe things have changed, but Yahoo OneConnect does now load on my Blackberry.  It’s a little underwhelming until you hit “Upgrade to Yahoo Go!”

The interface is very pretty.  I was able to sort of quickly download and add a few widgets (Kraft Recipes, Wikipedia, and Facebook GO).  A search for twitter finds nothing, which means I will probably not end up using Yahoo Go regularly, if at all.

With a big of back and forthing, I got Facebook Go working however I keep getting an offline access disabled message/warning that I can’t seem to enable no matter how many times I try.  So that takes up half of the first screenlength. (Screenshot)

It’s not until the fourth screenlength that I get to see my notifications.  If I’m on the go, I think that I would definitely want to be able to see a) my notifications/action items, and b) newsfeed.  Facebook Go starts with status, location and photo uploads – two of which I can do via mobile email or SMS/MMS, so I don’t really find that worth putting above notifications.  Facebook for Blackberry has a nice horizontal nav across the top, and then your recent notifications aggregated below on the main screen.  Facebook for Blackberry definitely has its limitations, but I’m preferring it to Facebook Go hands down.

Screenshot of Facebook for Blackberry
Screenshot of Facebook for Blackberry

Now should we get to feeds? The news tool in your default “carousel” of Yahoo Go widgets looks fantastic.  I like the very iPhone popup that I assume is showing me my most recent feed item.

Screenshot of Yahoo News
Screenshot of Yahoo News

Once I click into the widget, it is prepopulated with a variety of Yahoo! feeds (sports, news, etc).  I can add my own feeds one at a time, or I can go to my.yahoo.com on my computer and manage my feeds from there.  Googling and yahoo’ing around don’t find me any way of importing in my feeds from Google Reader and I sure as heck am not adding 500+ feeds one at a time.  Game over.

However, I also installed the Feed Reader widget.  Trying to open this gets me straight to a connection issue – even on repeat efforts.

Screenshot of "Connection Issue" with Feed Reader widget
Screenshot of “Connection Issue” with Feed Reader widget

So, despite the slick interface, I will be sticking with Google Reader supplemented with Facebook for Blackberry and Twitterberry.  If you want to be my mobile start page, I’d be happy to downsize to one service instead of three – but in the meantime, I won’t be switching to Yahoo Go.  (Also, I got a prompt to set up pin-locking on my blackberry to keep my use of Yahoo Go secure. This means I have to type in my password everytime I want to unlock my phone – a total pain for someone who isn’t concerned about nosey boyfriends or gossip girl wannabees. So not only will I not use Yahoo Go, but I’ll be uninstalling it so I can take this pin-lock off).

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