Yelp for Android review: Yelp adds in-app menus, still lags in performance

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.2
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 9.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Yelp has an impressive database that makes it perfect for discovering new restaurants and other businesses nearby.

The Bad Needs more search filters. Slow performance.

The Bottom Line Even with its slow performance and lack of search filters, Yelp's incredible database of business listings and user-submitted data make it a must-have app for every mobile user.

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Yelp is easily my favorite online city guide for exploring restaurants and other businesses in my area. It not only provides vital information like hours, addresses, and phone numbers, but it also offers a treasure trove of user-submitted reviews, ratings, photos, and much more.

Since Yelp taps into your mobile device's GPS powers, it can easily help you find businesses nearby. Alternatively, you can indicate a city of your choice to search elsewhere. You can conduct your search based on keyword, or browse through listings by category. There are also filters to further narrow your search by factors like distance and price, or to display only businesses that are currently open. Unfortunately, though, those are the only filters available as you search. With Yelp's incredible database of information, it would've been nice to be able to filter by neighborhood or specific amenities offered, the way you can on the Web.

As a whole, the app's user interface is decidedly straightforward, with a dashboard displaying a search bar at the top and a few icons below for additional functions like bookmarks, check-ins, and deals. There are also shortcuts to see your Yelp profile, Friends list, and Recent searches.

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Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.