Yelp for iOS Now Allows Full Reviews from iPhone Users

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Yelp for iOS was updated to version 7.0.0 today, adding a much desired review feature. After installing the update, users will be able to add reviews to any business or restaurant from their phones.

While Yelp on the iPad has allowed reviews for quite some time, iPhone users were previously limited to adding short tips or drafting reviews that could be saved and added later via the website.

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The new version of Yelp supports full reviews, and the former "Tip" button has now been replaced with a "Review" button that offers a standard review interface.

What's new
Today’s release is pretty epic, and we’re not kidding around. Are you sitting down? You might want to sit down. Starting today, you can add reviews from your phone! Visit any business page, tap "add review", and go bananas.

Yelp is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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91 months ago

Why did that take so long??? I didn't know the iPad app had it. So that makes its absence on iPhone even more bizarre. I thought they wanted to push people to their website and therefore blocked submission on the app in general, but that's not true if the iPad had the ability to publish. WTF?

From what I understand, they were reluctant to implement it on the iPhone because they didn't want shorthand, sloppy writing to make its way into reviews. See this blog post from 2009 on the subject:

http://officialblog.yelp.com/2009/12/ask-yelp-why-cant-i-write-reviews-from-my-mobile.html

"But why not full reviews? Well imagine what it would be like if reviews were done in SMS shorthand: "OK so, IANAE, but AFAIC this place has THE best Cfood. It was gr8! ADBB"
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91 months ago
Yelp is SUCH A JOKE for not having this included until now.... There has been a yelp app for, what, 5 years????

I never used yelp, and then after inclusion in iOS 6 I decided I'd give it a shot. The fact that I couldn't leave a review in the app was absolutely ridiculous. I immediately gave up and never used the app again. Yelp is a joke. I wish Apple hadn't used them for iOS integration. They have been such a failure.
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91 months ago
Why did that take so long??? I didn't know the iPad app had it. So that makes its absence on iPhone even more bizarre. I thought they wanted to push people to their website and therefore blocked submission on the app in general, but that's not true if the iPad had the ability to publish. WTF?
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91 months ago

This is precisely it. In addition to sloppy reviews, they didn't want inaccurate reviews
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I have always looked at Yelp as a lot like Wikipedia in that accuracy always seems to take a back seat to volume...
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91 months ago
I'll be more impressed when they start paying attention the user submitted corrections to fix their mess of incorrect information.
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91 months ago

Yelp is SUCH A JOKE for not having this included until now.... There has been a yelp app for, what, 5 years????

I never used yelp, and then after inclusion in iOS 6 I decided I'd give it a shot. The fact that I couldn't leave a review in the app was absolutely ridiculous. I immediately gave up and never used the app again. Yelp is a joke. I wish Apple hadn't used them for iOS integration. They have been such a failure.

Yelp is stupid. Whats the point if you can't add reviews while you are at the restaurant? I have so many unpublished reviews. I wonder how many reviews are not shared because they would not let you publish.

True and true.

However, from this day forth I guarantee you Yelp reviews will SKYROCKET and turn it into the "standard" for finding a good place.

What they need to do is integrate more of Yelp into Maps, so features can be utilized in Maps...the main place people use Yelp.
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