Top 4 iPhone Shopping Apps

The best apps for finding deals and steals

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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.

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Amazon Mobile

What We Like

  • Familiar interface and easy to use.

  • Extra tools, like photo scanning.

What We Don't Like

  • Uninspiring design.

  • As with the website, combing through so many options can be frustrating if you're looking for something specific in a hurry.

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.

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Groupon

What We Like

  • Great way to find savings, fast.

  • Some location-aware coupons, too.

What We Don't Like

  • Selections can be hit-or-miss.

  • Fundamentally, Groupon is about you providing your info to retailers to support additional ad targeting.

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.

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GoodGuide

What We Like

  • Emphasizes healthy, wholesome choices.

  • Great for food comparisons.

What We Don't Like

  • Can support virtue signaling.

  • The "good for you" slogan isn't always supported by products that follow peer-reviewed science.

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.

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Coupon Sherpa

What We Like

  • Offers coupons on general-merchandise products, which can sometimes be harder to come by.

  • Wide variety of subjects included in the coupon dragnet, food generally excluded.

What We Don't Like

  • Hit-or-miss curation and sometimes poor surfacing of content.

  • Functions similarly to the more widely known Groupon.

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.