Yes it’s that time of year again. That time of year that we give thanks on Thursday and some are willing to trample others to save a few bucks on Friday. Honestly I try to avoid going out on Black Friday as much as possible. However, I enjoy a good deal as much as the next person. So rather than try to comb through the newspaper on Thanksgiving over rely on emails from businesses I’ve done business with in the past, I love having all the best deals in the palm of my hand. You could probably get by with any of these Black Friday Apps, but I thought I’d share my pick for the 3 best ones based on the amount of deals they have, ease of use and feature set.
Black Friday 2013 Ads App
This App is for iPhone and iPod touch only and doesn’t have an iPad version. It’s also not the prettiest of the bunch. It’s mostly text based, but that keeps the app running fast and lets you easily see exactly what you want with out too many graphics. The 1st screen is a news screen that is constantly updated with any late breaking deals. Once you go to the Stores tab you can drill down on a particular store and see the actual ads for given products or deals. You can also search deals by category instead of going store by store which is nice. Once you find the deals you want you can add them to a shopping list right in the app. You can also enter an email address if you like to be alerted for late breaking deals.
You can get it here .
Black Friday Shopping
This app is much more visual. You’ll see the actual store ads right off the bat as well as store logos. You can browse by ads, by stores or by deals. There’s a news section and a search feature. Also this is a Universal App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Not really any other bells and whistles. Just a clean UI and fast loading.
You can get it here .
TGI Black Friday
This is also a Universal App for iPhone, iPod touch and IPad. Like the 1st App TGI Black Friday allows you to browse by featured deals, stores or categories and you can add deals to a list. However, it’s more visually appealing than the 1st one. It has a few nice touches such as store open times (even the ones that will be open Thanksgiving – sheesh). Of the 3 I kinda like this one best. Again you can’t go wrong with any of them as they operate as advertised, but I really like the feel of this one.
You can get it here
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
One of the mysteries of the tech world was why Apple, the inventor of the iPad had not saw fit to make their own Apple Store App a native iPad app. Of course one could argue that the Apple Store website works just fine on the iPad in Safari, but it just always seemed weird that a company that touted how many native iPad apps that were available in the App Store wouldn’t take it upon themselves to make native iPad Apps of all their own apps right out of the gate. Whatever the reason behind this oversight, there is finally an Apple Store App for iPad. Just in time for the holiday shopping season you can now shop the Apple Store from the comforts of your iPad with a nicely designed native iPad App.
What you would expect
There are not huge surprises here. The App is clean with lots of white space. You can shop by category or do a search. I highly recommend that you do use the search feature as I’ve found not all products show up in their respective categories. For example, I was interested in the Mophie Juicepack battery for iPhone 5. Going to the iPhone accessories and the general power accessories didn’t show this item. Had I not known that Apple carried it, i would have moved on and bought it from somewhere else. However, I did a search and it came right up in the app. The check out process was easy. After I added the item to my cart I was able to checkout by simply inputting my Apple ID password and all my information, saved credit card was already there. I got a conformation email that the order had been placed and was being processed.
There are a few subtle things that are easy to over look. For example, there’s a picture of the item you’re interested in as you would expect. However, if you swipe changes are you can see additional pictures. There’s no indication that there are additional pictures, just swipe. Once you tap on a product you’re probably going to want to know how to go back. You swipe down to reveal the back button and nav bar at the top. You can use the app to find nearby stores and add your favorite store just like with the iPhone version. Of course you can also use it to schedule your Genius Bar appointments and workshops.
Not sure why Apple took so long to make a native iPad version of this App, but I’m glad it’s finally here.
While traveling on business and in the backseat of a car heading to my hotel from the airport I noticed a billboard on the highway for the iPad. It was Apple’s billboard and like most iPad ads, it featured apps. However, what was a little strange about this particular billboard was that it was hard to figure out what Apple was trying to convey since there was no text. The one image that stood out for me the most was the center one as it featured and old school typewriter. As a matter of fact I don’t even remember what the other two images were as they were so abstract and seemingly unrelated. I pulled out my iPad on the spot and found the App on the App Store. I’m actually old enough to remember typewriters and I had a bit of nostalgia going on so I wanted to play with this app. As I suspected the App simulates a full-blown typewriter experience complete with sound. Tap on screen keys and watch them them strike the “electronic” paper. You can even switch to the “red ribbon” if you want. Fortunately there is no need for whiteout. You can hit the backspace to fix a typo. There are even different keyboard layouts to choose from.
Once you’re finished typing your memo, you can actually email the typewritten document as an image or text anywhere you want or even AirPrint it. If you want to use it in other apps, simply save it to the Camera Roll. The app has built-in document storage and you can grab a clean sheet of paper whenever you want.
I give this App 5 stars simply for the fun factor. I can’t say that I really need “typewritten” documents, but it sure was fun playing with this App and reminiscing my past.