Jan 8, 2010

OurGroceries App Review

I like to shop with a list, which I've read keeps your grocery bill down. My friends said I'm too high tech to keep my lists on scraps of paper, so I'm on a search for the best Android Grocery List App!

So far OurGroceries from Headcode is my app of choice. The best feature is being able to share lists among multiple phones. So my husband can add things to the list himself from his phone (now if only he could do the shopping too!). Apparently this works between platforms too, i.e. between Android and iPhone if your family has both. I like that I can have multiple lists; grocery, Target, Costco, ToDos, etc. You can enter recipes and build a list off of recipes, if you are into that sort of thing too. You do not pick the grocery items off of a list, you enter everything in yourself and it remember it for next time. Some people will like this, other prefer to pick brand names off a list. If that is you, this App probably isn't for you. To mark items off your list, you simply touch the item and it appears in the "Crossed Off" section with a line through it. You can enter multiples of an item and move them from one list to another. Items appear alphabetical on the list, and currently there is no option to change the order.

While OurGroceries markets itself as a Grocery List App, I'd say it is more of a general list App. Which works great for me! Today I took it to three different stores and it worked really well.


Price: Free
Phones Tested on: Nexus One
Website: headcode.com/ourgroceries

11 comments:

  1. This is good stuff! Would love to see a review for SitOrSquat to check out the new nav features. It would also be great to see how that app compares to iPhone version.

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  2. I tried SitorSquat with my iphone but never got it working right, so never tried it again. Ill give it a try on my Nexus One though. The new Navigation stuff is really really great!

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  3. You should check out at cloudList! I may be a little biased since I'm one of the devs, but we have some different features from ourGroceries.

    We can sync across multiple phones as well. We have a web portal so you can enter your lists on your computer. cloudlist.quarterstaf.com
    Aside from standard sort/check all/hide done features, You have the ability the vote and comment on items as well. Let me know what you think of it!

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  4. My wife and I use this app. I just noticed today that you can now login to their site and manage your lists from there, too. It wasn't possible last time I looked. That makes it a lot easier (if you have a computer in the kitchen) to add things to the list.

    Now I just wish you could input information about the store and which aisle it is on so you can sort the list that way when you shop.

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  5. I love this app. I like how my husband and I can both update it from our own phones as well as online at their website. It sure helps keep us organized when we are both on the go.

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  6. adding a barcode scanner would make this app of choice, next step integrating recipe lists from the web

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  7. Since we have 3 kids and 3 dogs, grocery shopping can be very time consuming. So I took the time to add categories by grocery aisle and contents. For instance one category might be "03 - Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Rice". Be sure to use 2 digits for each aisle (i.e. append a "0" to single digit numbers) because it will help in sorting. It's a little tedious, but once it's done it's great because I can easily add items and assign to an aisle. Then when shopping, voila! My list is automatically sorted by ascending aisle number and I don't have to wander all over the store anymore. It would be nice if this was built in somehow, but at least it's possible to do even if it's a little cumbersome at first.

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  8. Regarding my previous post, I just checked out the website. It is WAY easier to create, edit, and sort categories there than it was on my phone. I'd recommend writing the aisle #'s and contents down next time you're at the store, then add and sort categories on the web page.

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  9. I've looked at a lot of grocery/shopping list apps and have yet to find anything that has all the features of Upvise. Easy to set up lists, categories (I use this for stores), aisles, quantity, droid app that syncs automatically and can be shared among all family members. Only thing it's lacking is that if you want an item to show up in multiple stores, you have to enter it multiple times (unlike SplashShopper, but their phone interface is awful). Oh yes, and it's free with no ads.

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