App review: Pickle

News

If you've ever found yourself in a bit of a pickle, this could be the app for you.
by
App review: Pickle

Next time you’re in a pickle, help could be on its way in a matter of taps courtesy of Pickle. It’s a new app that can connect you with people willing to help you out, from local tradesmen to students, or anyone that fancies lending a helping hand – for an agreed fee.

We’re not talking about those major dramas like burst pipes or stranded cars here. We’re talking pickles.

Pickle:Noun (informal)
A troublesome or awkward situation; predicament.

So for example; if you haven’t got time to walk the dog, need someone to pick up a spot of dry cleaning or want some help moving bits of furniture, then Pickle could be for you. As long as your job’s legal, you can put it out on Pickle and let the bidding commence.

Actual jobs that Pickle has tackled so far include getting ice creams for office workers, delivering flowers to a restaurant, dog walking and a spot of IT help.

We especially like the sound of using Pickle for IT advice – instead of being stuck on a helpline speaking to someone who doesn’t understand your problem, why not enlist the help of a local computer whizz-kid? This could be a real time-saver.

A pickled history

Pickle is the brainchild of Daneh Westropp, a working mum who found it difficult getting everything on her daily ‘to-do’ list done. Here, she explains how the app works:

“There are two sides to Pickle; one where you can be a ‘Do’ and if you are looking for work, we have a job tracker where you can state what kind of jobs you are interested in, in which area, for what price. The minute someone posts a job matching those requirements you are notified or you can go on the app and see what jobs are listed.

If you are a ‘Need’ you can go on there and post anything you need doing, set time and prices – it is as simple as that.”

Pickle in a nutshell

We’ve been playing with Pickle for a few days now and are big fans of its stripped down and easy-to-use interface. Getting up and running on it is pretty straightforward:

1. Download the Pickle app for free on Android or iOS, and then register.

2. Put your location on the Pickle map.

3. When you get into a pickle, post your job and put a price on it.

4. Watch as the bids come in.

5. Accept an offer that you’re happy with.

6. When the job’s been done to your satisfaction, pay your helper using the app and give them a rating.

And that’s all there is to it.

It’s still very early days for Pickle and it’s currently only available in London, with plans to roll it out to the rest of the UK in the near future. It’s already got 1500 members, but even so - when we had a look at the actual jobs on display, most were from the Pickle team themselves. So let’s hope the word spreads even more.

Pickle is available to download free on Android and iOS. For more information, check out their website: www.wearepickle.com.

What would you use Pickle for? Feel free to give any clean and legal suggestions below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
Peach, the new social network, got loads of hype when it launched at the start of the year. Now we'v

12 December, 2017
Looking for an affordable smartphone for someone this Christmas? To help you out,...
12 December, 2017
If you're looking to transform your home into a smart home this Christmas, these...
8 December, 2017
We've rounded up our top audio gifts for the audiophile in your life, available to...
8 December, 2017
Do you need a virtual assistant? If you recognise any of these ten tell-tale signs,...
7 December, 2017
There are some great TV streaming devices that you can control with your smartphone...

17 November, 2017
Is Apple Pay Cash different to Apple Pay? We take a look at the new peer-to-peer...
12 November, 2017
Monqi is a unique version of Android, designed for children. Through an accompanying...
3 November, 2017
You should take your smartphone out on Bonfire Night. It'll help you stay safe and...
10 October, 2017
Amazon has well and truly established itself in the smart home, internet of things...
4 October, 2017
Google has just revealed its 2017 smartphones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both smartphones...
3 October, 2017
Experience that new phone feeling through the medium of smell with Carphone Warehouse's...
22 September, 2017
The upcoming iPhone 8 and iPhone X will be running iOS 11 straight out of their boxes....
15 September, 2017
If you think you might have missed any of the latest tech news, help is at hand....
12 September, 2017
This is everything you need to know about Apple's latest flagship smartphone, iPhone...
12 September, 2017
iPhone X revealed by Apple, featuring an incredible edge-to-edge 5.8-inch Super Retina...
4 September, 2017
Europe's largest consumer technology show, IFA, has given us a chance to see some...
31 August, 2017
Sony has just unveiled its latest flagship phone - the stunning Xperia XZ1, capable...