Phoload is a new JAVA ME “App Store” along the lines of GetJar.com. In fact, it’s organized very similarly to GetJar. There’s a full web version (phoload.com) with a categorized, searchable directory of games and applications that can be filtered to only include apps compatible with your device. Applications and game listings include a screenshot, description and user reviews and ratings. All files can be downloaded to your PC for side loading. Or you can make note of a six digit “download code” and enter it on the mobile site for a direct to mobile download. Registered users can also add titles to a “Quick Download List” which makes them appear on the mobile site’s front page.
All downloads are free, the applications and games themselves are mostly freeware or ad supported but some are trials and demos. The type of each download (free full version, free ad-supported or trial/demo) is clearly indicated in each listing on Phoload.
The mobile version of the site (m.phoload.com) has a mobile formatted version of the same searchable, categorized directory of apps and individual pages for each app with screenshot, description and rating. There is also download by code feature and, for registered users, their “Quick Download List”, a “vault” containing applications and games they have tagged on the full web site.
I like Phoload, the site is nicely designed, has a Ready.mobi score of four and good mobile usability. Phoload competes directly with GetJar, a site with almost identical features (everything except the”Quick Download List”) and usability and probably 10 times the content. I don’t think I’d choose Phoload over Getjar if I was looking for something specific, but for browsing Phoload has hundreds of interesting games and applications to choose from.
Update: I received an email from Jamie at Phoload who pointed out several additional features of the site:
“Phoload has a ‘Developer Page’ for each developer which gives full details about the developer and showcases all of their software in one place. It also has a multi-level menu with sub-categories (which aids usability imo), ‘Share’ functionality, and the site remembers your phone when you log back in.”
Mobile Link: m.phoload.com
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