I’ve been casually searching for a new place this past week and I figured I’ll make my job easier by downloading and trying out some of the Apartment Search Apps for the iPhone. Here’s a quick review of 4 apps that help you search for rentals and houses…

iPhone App - Blue Atlas 3

iPhone App - Blue Atlas 3

Blue Atlas 3 v3.2

From the four, this is my favorite so far. The interface is easy to use and I like how it standardizes the look of the listings. You can view the listings on the map or as a list as well as apply several filters. Similar to the other apps, you can filter by “For Sale” “For Rent”, price limits, and if it’s a home/apt/co-op/land that you’re looking for. It seems that Blue Atlas grabs it’s apartment data mostly from apartments.com. For my area, it showed a good number of listings.

iPhone App - NBApartment

NBApartment v1.1.1

This app also has a nice interface to it and is easy to use; I do feel that I have to click through more pages just to get the same information as I do from Blue Atlas 3. Also NBApartment is limited to apartments. The apartment limitation is no problem for me since that’s what I’m looking for but if I was only going to download one app, I would go with Blue Atlas 3 since it has both apartments and real estate search. Additionally NBApartment grabs the majority of its information from Google Base and Craigslist which from previous experience I know those listings can be misleading.

iPhone App - CribQ

iPhone App - CribQ

CribQ v1.0.1

I would consider this app more of a google map mesh for Craigslist. It does a simple parse of Craigslist ads and displays the addresses on its map. If you click the listing on the map, it shows a small blurp from the Craigslist ad on top which you then have to click to view the full ad. Some ads have photos while others don’t, but the text is presented as written on the Craigslist ad which makes it look a bit messy. My least favorite from the working apps above but may be helpful if you’re just looking through Craigslist.

In addition the interface isn’t as convenient as the above apps. For example, to automatically show listings in my area, I have to go to options and change location every time I start the app.

iPhone App - PadMapper

iPhone App - PadMapper

PadMapper v2.1.0

I couldn’t review this app since it didn’t work for me. When trying to load the map and/or the listings, it would just pause on loading and never shows anything; for this reason, I don’t recommend this app.

All these apps can be found in the App Store and have been reviewed using an iPhone4 running iOS 4.

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