Regular readers may recall Quinn Genzel’s name. Not so long ago, we reviewed another one of Quinn’s apps: Packing Pro. We gave Packing Pro a 10/10, and wrote, “Whether you’re packing for a holiday weekend, international vacation, or business trip, you need Packing Pro. Even if you only travel once a year, or camp very rarely, trust me, this iPhone app is worth the investment.”
Not surprisingly, Shopping Pro is just as great as Packing Pro. There are a few small things about Shopping Pro that some people won’t like, but overall it is a very strong shopping list creation app.
First, the good stuff: Shopping Pro is intuitively designed and has a big database of frequently purchased items. It’s built-in iCloud auto-sync allows the entire family to share, modify and shop with a common, living list whenever and wherever they are.
An unexpected (but very welcome) feature of Shopping Pro is the customization of the design. As with Packing Pro, Shopping Pro lets you edit everything from the color to the layout to the font, plus it also lets you add a custom amount for sales tax.
Unfortunately, there are some features that seem oddly missing from Shopping Pro. A barcode scanner in the app would make budgeting much easier. I’d much rather use my camera to scan the price tag and/or bar code than manually input the cost of an item.
Plus, that manual input of the cost for each items is annoying. What if you travel to different stores, or if an item is on sale? I wish I could take a picture of the item as well, to make it easy to find again on my next trip. The pricing and display of items on your list isn’t elegantly dealt with in this app.
Whether you like to make your shopping lists to stick to a budget, or just need to ensure that you don’t leave the store without everything you need, Shopping Pro has got you covered. It has some minor annoyances, making it not quite as good as Packing Pro. But to be fair, grocery shopping is a lot tougher than packing for a trip. It’s still a great app, with a little room for improvement.
Shopping Pro is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.