There’s something almost too meta about an app that’s not only free in the AppStore, but whose only purpose is to save you time and money. In some ways, it sounds too good to be true, but in the case of Daily Shopper, by myCodeStudio, you can shelve any lingering doubts—it really is that simple.
How’s it Work?
If you’re like me, you make darn good use of the fact that most merchandise sites (think NewEgg or Overstock) have constant day-to-day deals running. On an average day, I spend a lot of time trolling from bookmark to bookmark to look at these deals. Because the internet is such a spacious place, it can be quite a pain to scan all my favorite sites. Thankfully, with a little help from Daily Shopper, the process is now a whole lot easier. Daily Shopper condenses all your favorite overstock sites and their deals into one, convenient list. The app shoves all of the sites you select for viewing into a grid along the left-hand side, leaving the rest of the screen space for browsing through sales. Managing the sites you can view is as easy as clicking the plus button at the bottom and wiggling, wriggling, and deleting your list like a champ. It’s all very intuitive and tidy on the iPad’s screen (this is a universal app, so fear not, iPhone-heads). Refreshing your daily deals is as easy as a finger-press, and another click allows you to export sales to email or the Safari browser.
How’s the Design?
As mentioned, the app makes great use of the iPad’s spacious real-estate. Not only that, but the sleek interface keeps things simple and easy-to-use: An essential component for an app you’ll (hopefully) be using on a daily basis. However, I was bothered by the fact that I can’t export deals to either Twitter or Facebook: I tend to talk to my friends through these sites rather than email, which I use for business. To give an example, I found a shirt on Woot.com I wanted to share with a friend. To send it to his Facebook wall, I had to open the page in Safari, copy the link, and then post it to his feed. Another complaint that some might have is the lack of certain overstock sites. Though I was pleased with the abundance of deals (NewEgg is a tremendous boon) this is by no means an infinite list. However, a wide variety of deals are covered to match most needs.
Would I Really Use It?
Daily Shopper is a free and incredibly simple way to peruse a ton of good deals with only a few clicks. If you’re a frugal shopper, you’d be hard pressed to find a better means to save a penny than this free app.
Daily Shopper iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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