September 1, 2014

"Pocket Auctions for eBay" is Loaded with Features

I downloaded Bonfire Media‘s “Pocket Auctions for eBay” night and instantly fell in love with it.  Upon opening it up, I’m greeted with options like Deals, My eBay, and Scan.  Each of these features would make a half decent eBay application on its own, but when combined in one program, it adds up to one of the best Android titles yet.  It’s no surprise when you read the “About” information, you’d see that they are a member of the eBay developers program and have won awards for their work.

The scan option allows you to take household items like DVD’s and find auctions currently selling said product.  The next time you are at your friend’s house and see a CD or electronics item you’d like to check eBay for, scan it and see instant results on your G1.

Opening the deals button pulls up similar products and offers found in the online version of eBay.  It’s a handy option for someone who likes to either window shop or gather ideas.  Clicking Blu-Ray DVDs returned 7,440 auctions with easy-to-read listings.

The “My eBay” section acts just like its desktop counterpart so you can keep any eye on items you are watching or bidding on. There are also settings to have alerts pop up on items you’re watching and bidding get down to 10-15 minutes.  I haven’t tested this part yet, so I can’t say for sure whether or not the application has to be running to work properly.

Even though this is no official eBay application, I’m having a hard time coming up with things missing.  With eBay having been a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, I expect nothing less than what the Bonfire Media team have put together. Released under the name eBay Wireless for other devices, the Android version looks and feels like the real deal.

One thing I would love to see come out of future versions would be widgets that can be docked on the main screen of my Android handsets.  I keep the far right third of my screen empty for the day killer widgets show up and eBay auctions should certainly figure into that.  If Bonfire Media can get that implemented, eBay would have a heck of a time getting me to user their app instead.

I like this application enough after 24 hours to get give it an Editor’s Choice award.