Version Reviewed: 1.1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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For online shopping, websites are becoming increasingly old fashioned. After all, many of us are using phones and tablets to browse and surely an app designed for that discerning market is what you want? That’s the thinking behind the label-focused shopping app, Spring. It’s simple yet stylish, ensuring you can get all the information you want on a product and easily order it.
The simplest way to sign up is via Facebook, with Spring promising to not post without your permission. You can then choose from a variety of different brands and labels to follow, so you can always see what your favorite designer is up to. A tabbed interface means you can easily switch between the options available.
There’s a new section, demonstrating new products, but the more interesting side of things is ‘discover’. It offers up a series of lists of items, allowing you to browse through what can be purchased. A browse section reinforces that with items divided up according to gender or type, such as beauty. Then, for the label fans, you can browse according to the designer.
In each case it’s easy to browse through an item. Every item comes with a number of stylish photos, information on quantity levels, how many other users have ‘liked’ it, and any other pertinent information so you know what you’re getting. You can also opt to share an item with others, via the usual social networks - including the all-important to fashion Pinterest. Like the look of something? Hit the Buy button and it can take seconds to choose a shipping address and payment details.
Consistently, Spring is simple yet stylish to use. It’s so much more appealing to look through than a conventional website, and the kind of thing that lends itself to sofa-based browsing. There's no universal app, which is a bit of a shame, but for handheld browsing it's really quite appealing.