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Friday 29 August 2014

Top 300 apps: Shopping and bills

Let your phone do the walking with these...

Adrian Weckler

Published 17/10/2013 | 04:00

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DoneDeal

iOS, Android; free

Done Deal’s app is probably the most-used and simplest Irish trading app for ordinary people looking for bargains. The online buy-and-sell marketplace company keeps its app fairly simple, with segmentation into its usual categories and offering the option for users to call or email sellers.

Amazon Mobile

iOS, Android; free

The planet's biggest online store now has editions for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. It's fast, clean and easy to use.

River Island

iPhone; free

Not too many Irish retailers allow us to buy things straight from their app. River Island’s selection isn’t huge but it’s a popular store.

eBay

iOS, Android; free

Regular eBay users won't want to do without this app, even if it is a less impressive optimisation effort than some of its rivals.

Tesco Ireland

iOS, Android; free

It’s a shame that you can’t buy more groceries from Tesco Ireland’s app than are available here. Nevertheless, given the prominence of Tesco in Irish retailing, this is worth looking at.

Etsy

iOS, Android; free

This is a very usable version of the best arts-and-craft shopping portal online.

Red Laser barcode scanner

iPhone, Android; free

Sometimes, it's nice to compare prices online before committing cash in a shop. Red Laser tags a barcode and gives you the eBay price (new and secondhand).

Mydealpage.ie

iPhone, Android; free

Mydealpage.ie gathers all available daily offers from all the main Irish services (Groupon, Living Social, GrabOne.ie) on to one screen.

Vouchercloud

iOS, Android; free

Vouchercloud collects coupon and voucher deals for services and sales in Ireland and Britain. Some of the offers are decent. You can browse by category or based on what's around you.

Ikea

Android; free

The Ikea app doesn’t allow you to buy furniture online, but it does provide quite a nice graphical mechanism for envisioning what each piece might look like in your own home.

An Post Mobile

iPhone, iPad; free

This allows you to trace any packages or registered letters you've sent. It also allows you to calculate postage and figure out the location of the nearest post office.

Carzone.ie

iOS, Android; free

Those looking for a second-hand car will find tens of thousands of options here. Most Irish car dealers list their inventory with the site, so it’s a good place to research.

Scan

Android; free

QR scanners may not quite be the next big thing anymore, but it’s worth having one. They work using your phone’s camera, which translates the barcode into a website destination.

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