Some of the best iPhone shopping apps can help you save money on the things you buy everyday. Others help you compare prices, find nearby stores, or figure out if a product is a dud. Shopping apps also include a lot of cool technology — from picture recognition to barcode scanners. Whatever your need, these apps have you covered on your next shopping trip.
You can buy pretty much anything at Amazon.com, and the Amazon Mobile app(Free) 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. The best part? 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 Amazon.com. Overall rating: 5 stars out of 5.
If you haven’t downloaded Groupon (Free) yet, what are you waiting for? This iPhone shopping app is lots of fun to use and can save you a bunch of money. Groupon uses group purchasing to help users get a price break on everything from teeth whitening to helicopter tours. The app also includes a good number of restaurant deals. Groupon is easy to use and you can purchase the deals directly from the app. Overall rating: 5 stars out of 5.
While most iPod shopping apps are designed to help you save money, the GoodGuide app (Free) has a unique goal — to help you identify products that are good for you and the environment. It includes ratings for more than 65,000 products, and each one is scored on environmental, health, and social criteria. The barcode scanner makes it easy to look up product ratings, although it sometimes struggles with glare. The GoodGuide app is particularly useful for food shopping, since it helps you identify healthier choices. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Consumer Reports has an iPhone app (US$9.99), which includes most of the organization’s excellent product testing. 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 , 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.
Looking for a deal? The Coupon Sherpa app (Free) compiles Internet coupons from a variety of stores into one convenient location. It doesn’t include grocery coupons, but you can find deals on everything from pet food to clothing. The coupons are current and constantly updated, although the app sometimes includes stores that aren’t in my area. Since the app is free, it’s worth a download to see if it includes stores near you. Overall rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Discount clothing apparel app (Free) that searches a variety of websites to find the best deal for what you’re looking for. It will tell you what styles are trending and offer suggestions for particular items. It searches every online store from high-end retailers, such as Neiman Marcus, to discount designer Web-based stores, like Bluefly.com. Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.