“There is more to life than just talking,” a Tata Docomo advertisement said. Though the ad was not meant for mobile phones but the same undoubtedly goes well for the same especially for smartphones.
Today smartphones can be used for a lot of thing like shopping. There are numerous apps available today in the market which users can exploit for a pleasant shopping experience. Even shopaholics who frequent shops and malls use these for convenience.
The Mobile Indian has shortlisted top five shopping companion apps across all platforms which mobile users might feel handy during shopping.
The eBay India Android app supports the barcode scanning technology of RedLaser so users can prefill the item details just by scanning the barcode of the product. The app comes with a nice home screen, where users can easily revise their “Active Selling” list, edit their “Unsold” list and can even schedule an auction. Those who use feature phones, can also use the app by visiting m.ebay.in through their phone browsers.
When opened, it gives country options where users will have to select their country, accept terms and they are ready to shop. Through the eBay India app, users are able to do almost everything — browse, shop and sell along with managing their eBay activity. They are also allowed to save their default search options so conducting the same search next time won’t be difficult for them. The app is especially good for the sellers who can easily enter their shipment details, or can simply list what they intend to sell with the help of barcode scanner.###PAGE###
The ngpay Android app meets most of the shopping, entertainment and travel needs of the users. Every time users shop with the app, they earn reward points called ngPoints which can be later redeemed in lieu of exciting offers and deals.
The app allows users to pay using various types of credit/debit cards such as Visa card, Mastercard, Diners Club credit cards etc. The Android app makes sure the transactions are secure by asking for a six digit PIN every time. The PIN is not stored on the mobile handset either, so there is no risk for the users. The ngpay Android app is free for download.
This Android app from Naaptol allows people to shop easily on the Naaptol website. Here the users can browse more than 2 lakh products across 500 categories and they can get detailed information about those products as well.
The app makes it very easy for the users to browse through the Naaptol database where even user generated sorting is also allowed.###PAGE###
Shopping Assistant (Symbian and Windows Phone 7)
It is an all in one shopping list which allows users to make different shopping lists for different categories. What’s more, you can also add a picture of the item you intend to buy. The app makes shopping fun and pain free at the same time. It has an intuitive user interface, and the app makes suggests for shopping items and corrections as well.
The users can also filter the item by name or by making use of other tags. The best part is, the shopping lists are stored locally on the phone, hence users can create multiple copies of the same shopping list in case they need to consult it again in future.
ShopMagic is the responsible shopping manager for any BlackBerry smartphone owner which lets users categorise their shopping based on the stores.
One can email his or her shopping lists, but the highlight feature of the app is the planning part which makes sure the user doesn’t miss out on anything. What’s more, it also allows the users make an estimate of the probable cost of the planned shopping.