Are you an Amazonian? And I don't mean someone who lives along a gigantic river in the middle of a rainforest. We're talking about shopping, people. Everyone who has had an internet connection in the last ten years probably knows about Amazon.com – the online marketplace that allows you to buy almost anything and get it shipped to you wherever you might be, and quickly. If you use and enjoy the desktop website, then here's an app you need to install on your iOS or Android device.
Amazon Mobile by AMZN Mobile LLC is a free app that lets you browse through millions of products, search for specific items and read reviews before making a purchase. It has all the benefits of the full website right on your phone or tablet. All of your login information is kept secure, and your Amazon Prime or 1-Click credentials transfer effortlessly to the app – you don't need to enter in your information again.
Wondering when an order will arrive? No problem, you can track your purchases through the device. Were you just reminded at dinner on Wednesday that you need to get a gift for a party on Saturday? No problem, pull up the lucky recipient's Wish List on your phone and place the order instantly. The same shipping rates and timelines as you would find online are true on the phone, but no you can shop anywhere so you don't need to wait until you get back to your computer.
The best thing is that it's clean and easy to use. With a navigation bar along the bottom of the screen, you can quickly get to where you want to be - browsing suggested items, adding to your Wish List or search from something specific. You can even check back to your cart numerous times to confirm your purchases or save items for later.
I find this app to be most handy during those weeks when time just isn't on my side. Sound familiar: you want it to be Friday, but you have so much to do that you're already resentful it's Monday night? Just last week my mom reminded me we bumped up my dad's birthday celebration to a date when the whole family was free, which meant I did not have the coming weekend to shop. She told me this on a Tuesday evening when I was on a train heading home from work and was exhausted. Instead of panicking, I picked her brain about what to give my dad and as soon as I hung up with Mom, I placed an order effortlessly with Amazon Mobile – right there on the train. The gift arrived Thursday and I was ready to present it Saturday – no stress, no looking for parking, no fretting over an item not being in stock. The package arrived when I was told it would and I was able to spend my time on other priorities.
Now, coming from a small town I'm an advocate for shopping small and local as much as possible – but sometimes you just need a little convenience and a little help. Amazon Mobile is a wonderful free app for a quick and easy shopping experience - a practically priceless addition to your phone or tablet.
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