Windows Central App Roundup: Windows Phone Shopping Apps
Even though many retailers got a jump on things this year, yesterday marked the traditional beginning of the Holiday Shopping Season. Deals will be popping up all over the place over the next few weeks and there are plenty of Windows Phone apps in the Store that can help you sort it all out.
The Windows Phone Store has a Collection of apps to help make choosing the right app a little easier. The Holiday Shopping Collection has a few dozen apps to help you shop online, keep track of those discount cards, find deals and more. We've plucked four of the top rated apps from this Collection for this week's roundup, plus a few that are outside the Collection.
The Windows Phone http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 app gives you access to the popular shopping website while on the go. You can sign in with your http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 account, make purchases, check order status and order history.
Items can be searched by category, keyword or you can scan the bar code of items on store shelves to see if http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 offers the same at a lower price. The barcode scanner can even be pinned to your Windows Phone Start Screen for easy access.
Another way comparing prices can be helpful is that it allows you to tap into the customer reviews from http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 These reviews could give you enough insight to avoid a bad purchase.
- Download the http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 App for Windows Phone (Free)
Is your key ring cluttered with loyalty, membership or discount cards? Mobile-Pocket is a Windows Phone app designed to eliminate that clutter and store all those cards under one roof.
You can enter all your account information, scan the barcodes, photograph the cards and synchronize the data between devices or should you have to reinstall the app your Windows Phone. You will need to register with Mobile-Pocket (free) before this feature is available with options to register by your email, Google+ account or Facebook account.
Mobile-Pocket comes preloaded with hundreds of retail loyalty and membership cards that can be searched by keyword or by country. In just tinkering with the app for a short time, Mobile-Pocket comes across as a convenient way to reduce the clutter on your key ring and help avoid losing track of those cards.
Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life? eBay is a good place to search for those hard to find items as well as unique gifts. The eBay app delivers the features you will find on the website to your Windows Phone.
You can access and manage your account, receive notifications when purchases are sent, track purchases, list items to sell, and purchase/bid on items from your Windows Phone. If you are bidding on an item, you can pin it to your Windows Phone Start Screen to track its status.
If you cannot find an item locally or trying to find an out of production item, eBay may be a good resource to check. It is a free app and there is also a version available for Windows 8 devices.
Zappos.com is in many ways a scaled down http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 The website offers everything from shoes to clothing to housewares and the Zappos.com app delivers all the shopping choices to your Windows Phone.
The Zappos.com offers gift buying guides as well as the opportunity to search for items by keyword or category. Item descriptions include customer ratings to help you get a handle on what to buy. Not sure you are ready to make the purchase? Store items can be tagged as a favorite for quick and easy reference. You also have the ability to log into your Zappos account and manage things on the run.
Navigation with the Zappos.com app isn't as smooth as what you will find with the http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 app but it won't make you run screaming from the room. All in all, Zappos.com is a nice place to find deals and the Windows Phone app makes it convenient to make your purchases on the fly. Along with the Windows Phone version, there is also a Windows 8 version available.
More Options to Consider
Along with the above four from the Holiday Shopping Collection, you may find these Windows Phone apps useful as you brave the elements in search of the perfect Holiday Gift.
Black Friday 2014 Deals
Black Friday 2014 Deals is a seasonal app and while Black Friday has come and gone, the app also includes deals that will be available on Cyber Monday. The Windows Phone app pulls deals from dozens and dozens of websites and summarizes them under one roof. Deals are updated hourly and come from sources such as http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU27267 BestBuy, Walmart and many more.
As you are braving the crowds this Holiday Shopping Season you are likely to come across sales that seem too good to be true. The Windows Phone app Discount Calculator can come in handy to verify if the discounts are correct or not.
The interface is simple to use while on the run with options to enter the initial price to discover a range of discounted prices or you can enter the initial price and the discounted price to see how much you are saving.
Best Coupon App
The Best Coupon App can be a handy Windows Phone app year round. The app, much like Black Friday 2014 Deals, searches popular sites for coupons and discount codes that can save you a pretty penny.
The Best Coupon App supports keyword searches, will highlight the more popular coupons. If you need to printout a coupon, they can be saved to your Pictures Hub and then shared/sent to your computer for printing. Many of the coupons can be scanned at the register, straight from your Windows Phone.
At the end of the day of shopping, some may seek relaxation with an adult beverage. Then there are those on your gift list that a quality bottle of spirits is the best gift possible. Enter the Windows Phone app Liquor Run.
Liquor Run will help you find the closest beer, liquor and wines stores and reminds you of area closing times. The app will provide you with turn-by-turn directions to over 40,000 U.S. liquor stores and has thousands of drink recipes just in case you feel like trying something new.
There are plenty more shopping apps available in the Windows Phone Store. If we've missed your favorite shopping app, feel free to toss out your recommendation in the comments below.