Review of ShopSavvy App for Android Phones by Big in Japan

ShopSavvy
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ShopSavvy is a powerful price comparison tool that allows you to scan barcodes from your Android phone to find sales and reviews in the store. It was one of the first featured apps launched for Android, and it continues to function well, although there are many similar products available. 

Pros

  • Comparison shops locally and on Internet deals
  • Scans barcodes
  • Wish lists and price alerts
  • Remembers search history
  • Share deals with friends

Cons

  • Scanning is slow in low lighting
  • Cannot find groceries, small local stores
  • Some products are simply not in the database
  • Can't scan nonstandard barcodes, such as those used internally by some stores to track inventory
  • Local results are often limited

ShopSavvy App for Android Phones by Big in Japan

Formerly known as GoCart, ShopSavvy was a prize winner in Google's Android Developer's Challenge. The tool remains one of the most developed apps on Google Play.

ShopSavvy is, in essence, a comparison shopping tool. You can find items by either typing them on your phone keyboard or using the camera to scan the barcode.

Once you've found a product, ShopSavvy tells you the cheapest local or online price. For local products, you can get map directions, visit their website, or call the store. For online products, you can visit their website or share the product using Facebook or Twitter.

In addition to finding the best price on items, you can compare user reviews, add it to your wish list, or set a price alert to let you know when it drops below a certain price. I've found this particularly handy for things like games and movies that you don't need to own in a hurry.

ShopSavvy also keeps a history of items you've scanned, so if you want to remember the name of that camera you looked at the other day, you can just refer to your product history.

What Doesn't Work

ShopSavvy's barcode scanner relies on the product having a barcode and you being able to hold your phone still enough for the camera to capture that barcode. In dim lighting, this may be difficult. 

ShopSavvy also fails when it comes to finding local produce or other grocery items, and it won't find every local merchant. This is simply information not available online. Local results were often missing several stores.