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Top Android Widget: Days Left Widget

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Widgets | 1 comment

Days Left Widget reminds you of important, upcoming events that you can’t afford to forget.

  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 1.1MB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free

The Days Left Widget provides you with the tools to quickly create a homescreen widget that will remind you just how soon that big day is. Do you want to countdown until your birthday, vacation, or the last day of school? Do you want to make sure you don’t forget your anniversary or a friend’s birthday? If so, this Android widget is definitely for you.

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Starbucks for Android, Get Your Caffeine Fix

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | comment

Starbucks for Android is the fastest way to pay with, manage, and reload your Starbucks card.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 3.83MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free

With one click, Starbucks for Android displays a barcode which can be scanned to pay immediately. This feature is useable in over 6,800 U.S. Starbucks and 1,000 Target locations.

To begin using the app, enter your Starbucks card number and the code on the back. Then you can quickly check your balance, add funds using any major credit card, or view your transaction history.

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Top Android App: Trulia Real Estate Search

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | comment

The Trulia Real Estate Search Android app helps you find homes and apartments for sale or rent.

  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 1.40MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free



Trulia‘s Android app has been designed for house hunting on the go and is perfect for buyers, sellers, and renters. To begin, hit the Menu button and choose whether you’d like to see houses for sale, for rent, or comparable listings that have already sold. Further options for finding exactly what you want include price range, # beds & baths, square footage, property type, and more. Click ‘Apply’ to update the current viewable map area with your specifications.

Clicking on a bubble marker opens a preview of the property which displays the price, recent price changes, the address, and a photo (plus the details specified above). This intermediary preview is the perfect bridge between the map display and the full listing details which can be accessed by simply clicking the preview. This lets you quickly browse the basic information of a location without having to change through multiple windows.

The full listing page features all property photos as well as a button to open the street view. The street view is a nice way to check out the neighborhood since pictures of just the house don’t always tell the whole story. Another valuable info tidbit is the assessed property taxes for the previous year, since paying these is a huge burden in most cases. If you’ve found a place you’d like to see in person, the contact information of the real estate agent is also included on the full listing page!

Pros:

  • Enhanced real estate search functionality with an exceptional user interface
  • Full listings include essential property details, home facts, and price history
  • View agent contact info and call/message them instantly
  • Save properties and searches (requires Trulia account)



Areas for improvement:

  • Expand support for additional countries (currently U.S. only)



Conclusion: One of the best Android apps for finding a house to buy, place to rent, or to simply browse local real estate information.

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Girl Scout Cookie Locator Android App

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | comment

Find Girl Scout Cookies on your Android device!

  • Version: 1.1.28
  • Category: 5.66MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free



This app will help you satisfy your craving for those magical Girl Scout Cookies by searching and finding sales in and around your neighborhood. You can choose to use either your Android device’s GPS or manual search by ZIP code or city. Click on the closest spot in the search results and map yourself directly there. You can also share the sale time/location via Facebook, Twitter, or email, or even add it to your Google calendar.

There are also some bonus features in the app as well, including the silly “cookie personality” profile. Since my favorite Girl Scout Cookies are Samoas, apparently I am brainy, complex, and mysterious!

Pros:

  • Locate the nearest Girl Scout Cookie booth
  • Support your community’s Girl Scout troop
  • App serves one purpose and does it very well



Areas for improvement:

  • Support for additional cities/markets



Conclusion: Get your yearly fix of Girl Scout Cookies while supporting your local troop.

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Top Android App: Kelley Blue Book

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | 5 comments

Kelley Blue Book simplifies the car buying and selling process.

  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Size: 1.51MB
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free



Kelley Blue Book is one of the most trusted resources for information on new and used cars, and is now an Android app! If you’re familiar with a car’s blue book value, you know the power this knowledge has when looking at cars.

The Android app’s interface is extremely clean and optimized for accessing information as quick as possible. The app’s step-by-step process for finding car details is very user-friendly. First, select the year. Then, select the make of the vehicle. Finally, select the model (photos are shown if you’re not completely sure). You’ll then be presented with multiple valuations including suggested retail, certified pre-owned, private party, and trade-in. For used vehicles, utilize the “configurator” page to enter mileage, engine type, transmission, and other options (e.g. navigation system, premium wheels, etc.) for the most accurate estimates. Additional pages give you vehicle photos, reviews, and specs. Use the save feature (star next to bottom navigation) to come back to the vehicle later.

Pros:

  • Kelley Blue Book price estimates for new and used vehicles
  • Streamlined, simplified interface
  • Video reviews for newer models
  • Quickly locate a nearby dealer



Areas for improvement:

  • Save feature should save user-entered details like mileage, engine type, etc.
  • The ability to compare new/used models would be extremely useful



Conclusion: The most comprehensive vehicle valuation guide packed into an efficient Android app.

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