We’ve all done it. It’s a blessing of our generation, and a curse to retailers everywhere. You pick up a product in the store, and pause. You realize, you can probably get a better deal online. Want to be sure? Use RedLaser.
I think most people have heard of it by now, but I was excited when RedLaser came to Windows Phone. Simply launch the app, scan a barcade, and find the item at outlets all around the internet. It searches ebay first, as RedLaser is an eBay company, but then it checks Google Product search and lists onlne retailers and other shopping sites.
Just scan, hear the beep, and do your comparison shopping in a matter of seconds. RedLaser even has the ability to pull up retail chains around you – maybe you don’t want to wait to ship something from Amazon, but you want to know if you can get a better deal at Target, Wal-Mart, or Best Buy. Well, simply swipe over to the “local” page and find out! And if you’re not even worried about the price, but you want to know more about the product, you can check for reviews and see if the product you’re looking at will live up to your expectations!
RedLaser has simplified the whole process. Now that it’s on Windows Phone Marketplace, everybody finally has access to it.
GrooVe IP is an app that Google Voice should be. A free download from the Play Store, GrooVe IP Lite lets you make VOIP calls from your handheld Android device. I know a few of you are thinking that’s the point of Google voice, but there is a difference. The official Google Voice app for Android makes a “call back” call. Basically, you dial a number, and via your data connection, a signal gets sent to the Google Voice servers. Then the server calls you. Once a call to you is established, it rings the person you called, connecting the two of you. Microsoft’s Lync app works the same way. But this uses your normal cell phone minutes – the only real benefit is that the call looks like it is coming from your Google voice number instead of your personal cell phone.
GoorVe IP Lite allows you to make calls truly using WiFi. You could make a call with a tablet, provided it has a Microphone. A $4.99 Pro Version can make calls over your phone’s 3G/4G mobile data connection – no WiFi required!
As I said above, I really feel like this is what the Google Voice app should’ve been. You could discontinue your phone service, carry your Android phone with you, and use it to make calls, get messages, and surf the web, wherever you have WiFi! Seriously, ditch your cell phone plan and just use this! Alright, that might be a bit drastic, but this really is a great app, so go check out the free version and get the Pro if you end up liking it!
If you’ve never used Zillow, you’re missing out. I absolutely love this app. If you know the website, that’s fine and dandy, but the app is a hundred times better. Have you ever stood outside of a house with a for sale sign and wondered… “how much?” Or even thought to yourself, “I would like to know more, but I’ll never remember to look this up later!” Zillow is the solution. Pop open the app, let it detect your location via GPS, and viola! Information for buying and renting all around you pops right up. And that’s when you realize Rochester, NY has more million dollar homes than Seattle, WA and you’re living in the wrong part of the country because you’ll never own a million dollar home. At least, if you’re me.
I’ve been a big fan of the Zillow app for a while, on any platform, but of course, if you’ve got Windows Phone 7, you should give it a download! Zillow is free on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
IDOS is available on the Windows Phone 7 app marketplace. It is proposed as an entire operating system running within Windows Phone 7.
Being an “operating system” it has lots of applications within it. The store has several free apps, which you install… which actually sounds impressive for a single app, but it really just seems to move the icon from one screen to another. You aren’t buying anything, you’re “unlocking it” and it gives you the experience of installing something. On top of that, there are several apps. All things considered, it’s not super impressive. But I have found one use for it.
Text on images. This sounds like a simple thing to accomplish, but you would be surprised to find out how few apps on Windows Phone 7 can accomplish this. Want to start a meme? Not quickly on Windows Phone 7. But with this “OS” (or app) called IDOS. It’s going to let you put text over top of images in Windows Phone 7. Cut, dry, simple. It doesn’t have a ton of colors to choose from, but it gets the job done if you’re looking for something specific.