Most smartphone users carry their devices with them at all times, not just so they’ll always know when people are trying to get in touch but also because their device can be used for a multitude of tasks. Dialaphone’s Smartphone Survival Kit has already looked at how your handset can help you when driving, when you’re at work or when you’re watching a band, but now it’s the turn of shopping to come under our microscope.
We’re taking a look at all the things you’ll need to get the best out of your smartphone when you’re out spending your cash, whether that’s trawling up and down the high street or pushing a trolley around Tesco.
While smartphone gadget add-ons tend to be aimed at less mundane tasks like sports and photography, a smartwatch could come in handy when shopping. The devices have hit the headlines recently with the Sony Smartwatch 2 and Samsung Galaxy Gear each being unveiled, offering a hands-free way of getting to the important stuff on your phone.
The way we see this working is if you use an app like Evernote for your shopping list you could put it together on your computer, see it sync with your handset and then open it on the smartwatch compatible version of the service’s mobile app. Very handy for when you’re pushing a trolley or carrying a heavy basket.
Along with Evernote, you’d be wise to sign up to an app such as Groupon, which will tell you all about deals and discounts in your local area that could save you some money. There is also information about online discounts from further afield, so you’ll have plenty of options to consider.
While you’re out doing you shopping make use of an app like RedLaser, which lets you scan barcodes on products to work out whether you’re getting the best price available. The app tells you if the same thing is cheaper in another shop down the road.
How to use it
As we mentioned earlier, having a smartwatch will keep your hands free for pushing a trolley or carrying a basket and loads of bags. While apps like Groupon tell you about specific discounts, they can also give you a good idea of which shops you should consider overall, so it’s worth checking before you set out. After all, if one place is listed on the app as having loads of discounts there could be even more in store.