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The holiday shopping season is off and running. But many people find shopping online more convenient that hitting the mall. Financial expert Mark Lamkin takes online shopping a step further by using his smartphone. He has five shopping apps he says can save you time and money.
Amazon.com Inc.: You can buy pretty much anything at Amazon.com, and now the free Amazon Mobile app makes it easy to shop right from your iPhone. As the name suggests, the app is a mobile version of Amazon.com and it's just as easy to use as the website itself. The app syncs with the website, so your shopping and wish lists are transferred automatically. You can even take a picture of a product with your iPhone's camera and the nifty Amazon remembers feature will identify that product and find it on www.Amazon.com.
SnapTell, Inc.: SnapTell is one of the coolest apps I've tested in long time, and it has become my constant companion at the bookstore. Simply take a picture of any book (or CD, DVD, or video game) and the free app will pull up prices, user reviews, and nearby stores. The app works incredibly well, and it recognizes obscure novels as well as bestsellers. The barcode scanner doesn't work quite as well, but the picture functionality is good enough without it.
eBay, Inc. : RedLaser is free and one of the most popular iPhone shopping apps in the App Store. Its barcode scanner works incredibly well, and it seems less vulnerable to shaky hand movements than other barcode scanners. The search results are well organized and it's easy to compare prices. Another plus is that you'll see both local and online prices.
Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper
Consumers Union of U.S., Inc.: Consumer Reports has finally released an iPhone app which includes most of the organization's excellent product testing. With the $9.99 app, you can browse ratings and Best Buys within several categories, including appliances, electronics, and baby gear. However, the app doesn't include all of the reports you can find at www.ConsumerReports.org, and it doesn't have any car coverage. Even so, it's worth a download if you need to compare products or view testing details. Overall rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Shop Nearby by The Find
TheFind.com: Shop Nearby by TheFind is a free and simple iPhone app that locates products at stores near you. Search for a specific product and the app uses the iPhone's built-in GPS to tell you where you can find it in your area. Shop Nearby does a great job of identifying nearby stores, but the product search results are rather unorganized, which makes it hard to compare prices. A barcode scanner would also be nice.
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