April 23, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Evaluated version: 1.04
Pros: Displays UK deals that can be bookmarked, filtered, or searched
Many deals we post on Androinica are for U.S. shoppers only, but we have a decent amount of readers based in the United Kingdom. For Britons who crave new products and services but don’t want to pay full price, DealPad is an Android 3.0+ worth downloading.
DealPad is a nifty Android app that aggregates deals and special offers from HotUKDeals.com, a coupon aggregation site targeting shoppers in the UK. The website offers deals, which are discounted and on sale item listings; vouchers, which include special promotions and codes to lower the final price; and freebies that offer rewards or services for free (payment for other services are sometimes required).
Supporting Android 3.0+ tablets or Android 4.0+ phones, DealPad delivers all of those deals in a tablet and phone friendly format. Users can see deals on everything from SIM-free phones to music collections or ground coffee. Product descriptions and photos, as well as comments from other users, are viewable within the app. Users can then click on “Go to deal” to be taken to the page where they can make a purchase, but it’s sadly a crapshoot when doing so.
Though I was normally able to go to a voucher or freebies link with my Galaxy Nexus, I was met with a “Force close” on multiple occasions when using a Galaxy Tab 10.1. The app could stand to be more stable and consistent when opening links with the built-in browser, or at least make it easy to open the default browser app. UPDATE: The force close issues have been fixed in a recent update.
DealPad is a solid app that can filter deals according to category or sort by what’s hot, new, or discussed most. Great deals can be bookmarked to be revisited later, and users can even search to find a particular product. The app could benefit from some tuning on tablets, but it’s a useful way to look for discounts. DealPad is a free ad-supported application, but a Pro version removes the ads for less than a pound.