Shopping Apps review for iPhone and Android
PriceRunner – (iPhone, Android Free)
A brilliantly simple and fast price-comparison app, now with a barcode scanner so you can compare prices quickly while you’re in a shop. Alternatively, click on your home country and scroll down the category list, or key in what you’re shopping for. In a second you’ll have a product option with price range, then you just swipe to see who’s offering the best deal.
Snaptell – (iPhone, Android Free)
SnapTell is an interesting twist on the usual smartphone money-saving apps: instead of relying on a barcode to bring up pricing data, all you need to do is take a photo of a CD, book, DVD or video game. Also included in the app are handy links to related content through IMDb, YouTube and Wikipedia.
Shop Savy – (iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android Free)
A top money-saving app for Windows phone owners, Shop Savvy specialises in scanning barcodes. UPC, EAN and QR formats are all recognised, so you can scan away in the knowledge that almost any item you set in front of your phone will be recognised. Then the app takes over, searching the web for an identical match or the cheapest equivalent and pointing you in its direction, either at a local shop or online.
Google Shopper – (iPhone, Android Free)
The mobile version of Google’s online price comparison service, Google Shopper allows frugal users to search for the cheapest price while out on the high street. Type, speak or scan in any product’s barcode and a list of best prices will appear on-screen. Better still, if you need the item immediately, you can get directions to the local retailer with the best price on offer.
Upc Price Check – (BlackBerry $0.63)
We couldn’t leave BlackBerry out of the price comparison fun, even if UPC Price Check isn’t much of a match for its competitors on other platforms. Its barcode scanning functionality is similar, but UPC offers details only for online shopping rather than deals in a particular locality, which limits its usefulness.
Ebay – (iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, iPad, BlackBerry Free)
The mobile auction app looks slick and is great to navigate, thanks to a streamlined interface for smartphones. It takes you straight to the latest deals, and you can set up alerts that let you know when products matching your requirements go on sale — or if you’ve just been outbid. Sellers are alerted to new bids and any queries from buyers, which can be answered using the in-app message centre.
Amazon Mobile – (iPhone, Android Free)
Amazon’s price-scanning app goes one step further than its rivals, connecting people directly to its online store so they can buy straightaway. Shoppers looking at a product in a shop can scan the barcode and, as long as it’s stocked by Amazon, they will instantly see the price at the online retailer. A few more taps and it will be dispatched to your door. The app is most likely to find deals on books, DVDs and electrical equipment, but it’s worth having a scan before making any big purchase.
Groupon - (iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, iPad, BlackBerry)
Free Groupon offers significant discounts by collecting bulk bookings to guarantee retailers a certain number of sales.
Quidco – (iPhone, Android, iPad)
Free A mobile take on Quidco’s money-saving website that uses GPS to tell you about nearby discounts or cashback offers. Some shops offer a cash prize if you check in with the app.
VoucherCloud – (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry)
Free A nicely presented voucher app that lets you see details of discounts on offer near you.
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