UK online video game retailer ShopTo (www.shopto.net (opens in new tab)) has released an app for Windows Phone, accompanying its Android and iOS apps already available on the market. The Windows Phone app enables users to browse, search, pre-order, purchase and set notifications for the catalogue of stock available at the retailer.
Video games, along with consoles and accessories are listed with deals and pre-orders to boot. While the app doesn't look anything special - in fact, it's not very well designed at all, it's at least a solution for those who enjoy shopping on the ShopTo website. Unfortunately, one will have to visit the official website via IE to carry out basic tasks. Humorously, we attempted to create an account which opened a new IE tab and loaded a 404 error.
The product description pages are well laid out with positive use of panorama pages. Descriptions, screenshots and videos are all included. The ShopTo app also makes it relatively easy to share content with friends using social networks (but doesn't make use of integrated functionality - forcing users to login and connect their accounts).
While advertisements appear throughout the app, they aren't of third-party networks. ShopTo has opted to include internal advertising in its app to present users with content they may not know exists (new deals, titles, accessories, etc.). Some featured of the ShopTo app and service:
- UK orders placed before 5.30pm (Mon-Fri) dispatched same day via FREE Royal Mail 1st Class.
- UK orders placed after 5.30pm (Mon-Fri) dispatched next working day via FREE Royal Mail 1st Class.
- 99% of UK orders delivered overnight (Mon-Fri)
- Ability to log into account
- Push notifications
There's definitely room for improvement, much like the GAME Reward app, and we'd like to see retailers reach out to Windows Phone developers who can at least provide advice and inight as to how to create an effective application that looks half-decent.
You can download ShopTo from the Windows Phone Store for free. Thanks, Phillip, for the tip!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
I always use ShopTo. Will definitely be using this. :)
Awesome! Windows Phone is definitely starting to get noticed. Would be nice to see Argos next.
Ouch, not superbly designed. At least it's there, if enough people get it they might start updating it and give it a proper metro look.
Ignore the screenshots on the marketplace/store they are of the ios version. Still, the design could be better.
Cheers for the shout out Rich :) the app needs some work but I'm just happy to see more offcial apps (especially as this was buried deep under New and Rising in Entertainment)
DO NOT use shopto.net for anything...they are sharks who don't give refunds for items they lose. please avoid using this company. Use amazon or play instead ...shopto are crap.
Shopto is the best company I've ever used to buy games. Only once I got a game lost and they sent me another one after a couple of weeks. If anyone is worried they should just opt for signed for delivery to get a tracking number.
How is that "best" exactly? A couple of weeks before they replace an item you didn't receive?
That's minimum acceptable standards.
I hope it works better than their website does.
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