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Best Android shopping apps of 2011

by Kate Currin

As if I needed a new crop of shopping apps to enable my addiction! Whether they were updated or released in 2011, these five fashionable and savvy Android apps helped deplete my bank account and fill my closets and cabinets. Without further ado, here are the best Android shopping apps of 2011.

ShopWith.It

You are not going to want to shop without the free ShopWith.It app for Android. ShopWith.It is a social shopping app that connects with your Facebook account so you can ask your friends for shopping advice.  Simply snap a photo and even pick from the prewritten feedback questions and post for friendly feedback. This shopping app is super intuitive and easy to use with a built in barcode scanner.  Scan the barcode to price compare and get the best deals from your favorite retailer. To make shopping even easier, it has “Hot Lists” of recommended products. Honestly, don’t shop without it.

Nordstrom

Finally, my favorite department store in the palm of my hand. Nordstrom took its time releasing an Android app, and fans of the store will be pleasantly surprised by the intelligent simplicity of this offering. The app holds close to the design esthetic of the store and is actually easier to use than the actual Nordstrom website. I love that the app breaks items out by categories as well as offering the latest trends and new arrivals in separate sections. And with a built in barcode scanner, you can search for items not available in store without the help of an annoying, commission-hungry sales assistant. Skip the store and hit the Nordstrom app instead.

Lucky Shopper

Okay, I will admit that I’m addicted to sticker shopping in Lucky magazine. So I was ecstatic that the fashion magazine launched the free Lucky Shopper app for Android. Basically, you can use this shopping app to scan barcodes to compare prices, find our more information, enter a sweepstakes or even redeem a coupon. Take photos of your favorite items and save them to your Lucky Stickers book. Organize your favorite items into lists and share with friends. It is perfect for those who already love the magazine but may be a little confusing at first for novices to Lucky. Go through the demo and give it a chance.

LootTap

The free LootTap app for Android can help you find just about anything on the Internet from a new job to a pair of blue suede shoes. Scan an item’s barcode and tell the LootTap app how much you are willing to pay for it. The app creates a “Tap” and searches the Internet all hours of the day until the item you want is available for the price you are willing to pay. This shopping is the lazy bargain shoppers dream come true. Sit back, relax and wait for LootTap to save you money.

Grocery iQ

Did you ever wish you could just speak your grocery list and it would magically right itself? Now it can! The free Grocery iQ app for Android uses speech recognition to create your grocery list as you walk around the kitchen calling out items. It also has coupons available to save you money, pretty clever for a free app. If you must do the grocery shopping, then you must have this app.