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Simple but usable Amazon experience
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: tested on 26 Aug 2014 on
Clean interface, easy to use
Limits of mobile application are evident
Amazon for Android, and thus it's respective website, has gotten so popular for many reasons. It is very easy to use, and it contains a large amount of inventory for buyers to browse and purchase.
The application gives you access to the entirety of the Amazon experience. You can search through popular deals, specific items, or look at your order history. This could be useful if you were curious about an order’s delivery status. The app tries to uphold this attractive simplicity and it succeeds. When you browse items, they are listed in a neat tile system. Alongside are popular menu options that might make browsing quicker.
While the app might be good for browsing, and get the job done if you know exactly what you want, it might prove frustrating without the added support of Google searching. Of course things are going to be simplified. I tried to see if I could use the app as a complete replacement, and ended up having a hat show up in my top shoe results.
Amazon the app, is mostly what you would expect from an Amazon product. It’s simple, refined, and I didn't encounter any bugs, but there are many reviews on the app store stating otherwise.
Some reviewers note difficulty with purchases in which the app is clunky enough to warrant refunds or shipments that are inaccurate. These types of problems could undermine the entire purpose of the app, so be wary.
In this Amazon App, there also have been recorded accounts of people claiming that the app uses a lot of data for what it does. If you have a sensitive data plan, you also might want to consider the risk and reward of the application. Be that as it may, the application does seem good for mobile use - like a quick purchase. If you plan on doing more involved shopping, you might want to just stick with a browser.