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Score Deals w/ TGI Black Friday Android App

Posted on Nov 13, 2010 in Shopping, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

TGI Black Friday updates you with the latest Black Friday ad deals so you can plan your holiday shopping in advance.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 715KB
  • Category: Shopping
  • Price: Free



This app provides you with all of the latest deals from major retail stores in an organized, searchable interface. A few examples of popular stores include Best Buy, Kmart, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Radio Shack, Sears, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart.

Deals can be broken down in a variety of ways, including: most popular, recent, by store, and by category. This proves incredibly useful if you’re looking for a particular item on Black Friday, like a new LCD TV or laptop. Similarly, if you only care about a few nearby stores, you can quickly find their ads.

When you’ve found what you’re looking for, the item details page gives you the option to shop now, email the deal to friends/family, or add it to your shopping list. For certain items, you can even see what price is being charged from other retail stores so you can find the best deal.

Pros:

  • Comprehensive list of the latest Black Friday ads
  • Search products by store, category, or popularity
  • Compare deals and regular prices to find the best deal
  • Downloadable .pdf ad scans



Areas for improvement:

  • Product reviews on each item details page



Conclusion: The best Black Friday deals all in one Android app, a must-have for the holiday season!

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Official Target App Makes Shopping Simple

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 in Shopping, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

The official Target app offers you the tools (and inventory) to make shopping simple.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 1.73MB
  • Category: Shopping
  • Price: Free



Main features & tools:

  • Target Weekly Ad – See the week’s deals based on your location
  • Clearance items – Find some of the best deals (up to 75% off), many of which are online only
  • College essentials – “Stuff you need. Prices you love”
  • Search Target.com with text or a scanned barcode
  • Find nearby store – Including all pertinent information like hours, phone #, pharmacy, etc.
  • Set your store – Provides availability and aisle location of searched items for the store of your choice!
  • Extensive product reviews from other customers



Pros:

  • Beautiful, fast, fully functional UI
  • Access to weekly ads and online clearance prices
  • Quickly purchase the items you find



Areas for improvement:

  • GPS constantly searches for location (I entered zipcode manually and turned GPS off to avoid this)



Conclusion: For you Target aficionados in search of the next great deal, this app is for you!

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Deals Delivered by Groupon Android App

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 in Shopping, Top Rated Apps | comment

If you enjoyed getting free gift cards/certificates from JunoWallet, then you’ll definitely love Groupon as well!

  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 1.40MB
  • Category: Shopping
  • Price: Free



Groupon is like the Woot! of local coupons and deals. It offers one unbeatable deal each and every day. From the app you can buy the daily deal, access your purchased Groupons, find additional Groupons nearby, and even redeem them electronically. Currently, there are over 65 cities supported, from Akron to Wichita.

On each deal page, you’ll find the specific details of what you get and for how long it is good. You’ll see the number of people who have already purchased the Groupon and how much time is remaining for you to do the same. Clicking the “Buy Now!” button does just that, as long as you’re logged into Groupon (creating an account is very easy, all you need is your email).

Pros:

  • Beautiful user-interface
  • Great local deals
  • Purchase and redeem directly from the app



Areas for improvement:

  • Addition of Groupons in more cities
  • The more deals to choose from the better!



Conclusion: A worthy app that will surely save you money at some point!

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Top Android App: CraigsNotifica Craigslist

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 in Shopping, Top Rated Apps | 12 comments

If you love to use Craigslist to find all sorts of great items, you’ve got a new best friend in the Android app CraigsNotifica (Craigslist).  The setup allows you to get notifications based on the search and filter parameters you set.  Forget searching over and over again, now you can get the best deals as soon as they are posted. Thank you to TigerAngel2 for pointing this app out to us!

Version: 1.94
Size: 178KB
Category: Shopping
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.5/5

User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Customizability: 4.5/5
Originality: 4/5
Indispensability: 4.5/5

With this app you will always be notified about the items and deals that you truly care about.  Forget about all of the other posts on Craigslist that you’d rather not sift through.

When you initially open the app, you’ll want to hit Menu > Add.  Type in the search you’d like to perform, for example “golf clubs.”  You can check off whether or not you’d like the results to return only posts with an image or the keywords in the title. Furthermore, you can specify the category and subcategory that you would like to search in (to search all categories, just leave the default options).  Additionally, you can setup a price range that you are willing to pay to help narrow your search.  Now click Save.

When you return to the main screen, you’ll see your saved Search Notification.  This section will show you the details of each search along with how many articles are unread, so that you can be on top of the best possible deals by seeing the posts first.

The ability to view entire posts and pictures within the native app makes CraigsNotifica extremely useful.  You’ll also find convenient buttons placed at the bottom of each post.  You can navigate to other posts within your searched criteria by using the up and down arrows.  You can favorite a post by clicking the star, in order to come back to it later.  Also, the envelope icon allows you to contact the seller/poster using your preferred application (Gmail or other email).  Lastly, the purple peace sign icon will take you to the official posting on the Craigslist website. If you’d like to share the post with a friend, there is a convenient option for email/sms in the Menu.

If you love finding what you need on Craigslist, you should definitely download CraigsNotifica. If it helps you save money in the long-run, consider donating to the developer!  Any questions/comments, contact the developer on Twitter.

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Top Android App: Pkt Auctions eBay

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 in Shopping, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

Pkt Auctions for eBay is the extremely powerful mobile app for all your eBay needs.  Pay with PayPal, watch auction timer countdowns, and much more with this app.  It’s been around for awhile but it’s still one of the best.

Version: 2.04
Size: 748KB
Category: Shopping
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.8/5

User Interface: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Customizability: 4.5/5
Originality: 4.5/5
Indispensability: 5/5

Pocket Auctions for eBay is perfect for anyone who uses eBay, “powersellers” and “window shoppers” alike.  This app provides many of the functionalities that make eBay so functional.  It currently supports USA, UK, DE, and AU (hopefully more in the future!).

When you initially open the app, you’re brought to the homescreen where you can perform a basic search.  Matching items show the price, shipping cost, # of bids, and time left.  In addition to seeing all active listings, you can see completed listings and do a price check for your search to see if you’re truly getting the best deal. This has come in handy on multiple occasions and you should definitely be using it whenever you’re buying/selling something.

The homescreen also offers six other options; My eBay, Deals, Live Chat, Scan, Settings, and About.  The My eBay section is one of the most useful of the entire app.  Here you can view the listings that you are watching, bidding on, and selling. Additionally, you can view the messages you have received to your eBay account. However, while trying this app, I couldn’t view any of my old messages, so I’m not sure how functional this feature is.

The Deals section is eBay’s version of Amazon’s “Top Deals.”  Here you can find limited time offers for a variety of items.  Another fun (and useful) feature is the Barcode Scanner.  I scanned my ChapStick UPC and  plenty of results were found on eBay.  Pretty impressive for a small and inconsequential item.  This is another way to find some of the best deals, in addition to scanning barcodes in apps like ShopSavvy and Amazon.

One of the biggest reasons to have this app installed is that it alerts you when items you are watching or have bid on are down to their remaining 15 minutes.  This can be extremely useful when you’ve forgotten about an auction you really wanted to win.  Also, this app will alert you when you’ve been outbid on an item and when an auction you’ve won has ended.  These options can be found in the Settings section.

A few options I would like to see added to this app are the ability to see sellers’/buyers’ ratings, the ability to leave feedback and comments, and for filters added to searches.  These three options would greatly improve the utility of this app and would neutralize the need to use the mobile eBay website (which is the ultimate goal of an app like this).

The kicker with this app is the ability to pay for auctions you’ve won directly with PayPal.  You now have your solution to searching, bidding, and paying for items all from your Android phone!  If you use eBay to buy, sell, or research items, download Pkt Auctions for eBay, you’ll be impressed.

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