Weekly top iPhone apps: shop the web with your mobile
Thursday 23 September 2010
This week's selection of apps will help you find the best shopping deals online and in stores, whether you need help shopping for gadgets or want to find that perfect little black dress.
eBay Mobile is the iPhone version of the online auction and shopping website, eBay. The user interface has been modified to suit on-the-go shopping and bidding, making it easy for users to get in a last-minute bid to win an item while they are away from their computer.
Users can browse, shop and purchase items from online shopping site Amazon's extensive catalogue of items using Amazon Mobile. The application also provides full access to users' online Amazon profiles, shopping cart and wish lists so users can buy items wherever they are.
If you are looking for that hard-to-find T-shirt or want to nab the latest "it" bag, eBay Fashion has the world's largest selection of hot new designer clothes, vintage merchandise and branded accessories. The app is tailored for the clothes shopper in you with millions of listings, exclusive offers and a virtual closet so you can even "try on" the items you like.
Tecca is an online electronics buying guide for consumers that want more from their personal technology. Tecca provides detailed information about each product, consumer reviews, and sources the best prices from around the web so you know everything you need to know about the product before you purchase.
RedLaser is an application that lets you easily scan a product's barcode in real time using the iPhone's on-board camera. Once the barcode is recognized (there is also a manual input for un-scannable products) the application trawls through information on Google Product Search and Amazon's comprehensive product databases. RedLaser uses this online information to return a list of online prices so shoppers can be sure of getting the best deal. The application automatically localizes the information and provides prices in USD, EUR and GBP depending on the user's shopping preferences.
The ShopSavvy application scans barcodes on the go with the help of your iPhone's camera. It then searches the internet for product information and returns a list of online prices, local prices and customer reviews. The user interface is sleek and efficient; consumers can add products to their wish lists and set up price alerts (for when the product drops below a certain price). There is also a feature that lets users see the closest stores stocking the product on a map.
SnapTell is a barcode scanner, online shopping and cataloging application for books, DVDs, CDs, video games and Blu-Ray disks. Users take a picture of the item cover (or barcode) they want to find out about and the application searches online for user ratings, descriptions and prices.
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