The productivity wonks over at Iambic Inc. have come up with a way to make searching the web twice as efficient by essentially eliminating the need to go to a website before launching a search. They call it SnappySeeker, an app which allows you to narrow your searches by category (and correspondingly, by search engine) to help get you more accurate results. Though in a sense I’m often unimpressed by apps that merely extend the basic functionality of one’s device – this one simply saves you the time you’d ordinarily spend going to a particular website before searching, I really like apps that aim by design to accomplish operational success – through focusing on delivering only a few services (if more than one), but doing it well. SnappySeeker falls in both camps.
SnappySeeker Review Quick Links
OS Support: BlackBerry OS 4.0 and above
Device Support: Any recent BlackBerry phone running OS version 4.0 and above
Company/Developer: Iambic Inc.
Where to buy: The BlackBerry Cool store!
Official user guide: Here.
Installing SnappySeeker is simple/ First, from your device, click on the mobile download link sent to you in your confirmation email after purchasing the theme from our store. Follow the mobile download link and click ‘download’. Within a minute or two, SnappySeeker will have finished downloading and installing onto your device, and the icon should appear in your main applications menu as you see below.
SnappySeeker essentially refines your searches to help you get faster results with a higher degree of accuracy. Nearly all of the search engines used are powered by Google (though some still make use of Yahoo!Finance, Amazon, and Wikipedia among others) so if your network signal is strong you’re usually guaranteed fast results. The only significant difference between using this and using Google Search is that with SnappySeeker, it’s easier to narrow your results by identifying exactly what you’re looking for – news on X, how to shop for X, images of X, blogs writing on X, and so forth.
Say I want to search news articles on United States Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. I would enter his name in the dialogue section; scroll down with the track wheel and select the ‘news’ button. Within a couple moments, SnappySeeker presents me with news articles about or related to Tim Geithner. If I scroll down a little further and select the ‘blogs’ button instead, SnappySeeker finds all blog entries and comments related to Mr. Geithner.
SnappySeeker works well and allows me to type less when performing web searches. This is pretty much the only benefit one can yield from using this application. You can narrow your searches by selecting up to twelve (search the Web, Mobile sites, Images, Shop, News, Stocks, Maps, Gmail, Groups, Software, Books, and Wikipedia) different categories, which basically eliminates the step of you visiting a particular website and launching a search. Though everything works as advertised, I’m not sure I’m ready to pay five bucks to save me a few seconds here and there (most of the time, Google – which is free – suffices anyway).
- Everything works as advertised
- Searching different categories does sometimes yield more accurate results than if you were to simply Google something
- The price
I haven’t had any issue using SnappySeeker, and all in all it’s a pleasant experience. The app can help you find more relevant results faster; however, this doesn’t differentiate the app enough from the basic services provided through the browser, and in my opinion shouldn’t cost five dollars. The app itself is solid, but it’s nothing you can’t find for free (or close to it).
3.5 out of 5