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Weekly App Review #5: Jet – Beautiful design, incredible savings.

Here’s something we can all agree on – we all love a good deal.

If you’re an avid online shopper, whether that be through retail sites, Amazon, eBay, etc., the Jet.com app is going to be right up your alley. Jet is a shopping site geared to the deal-hungry consumer looking to purchase anything from home supplies to laptops, gardening tools to lawn mowers. What’s the difference? Jet, and the Jet app, find the lowest price on goods from around the web and offers instant savings on each of your purchases just for being a member. More than just that, Jet gives you more saving options during check out, such as the ability to waive your right return an item, or choosing a certain payment option such as a debit card vs. a credit card.

Here’s how it works:

Beautiful Design

Outside of the incredible savings, the Jet.com app has one of the greatest UI experiences I’ve seen in a shopping app, maybe even any app. The material design is done perfectly and Jet’s bright brand colors offer a relaxed a positive feeling when spending your money (gotta love consumer psychology). As I mentioned in week 3’s app review of Food.com, I love when an app truly feels like an extension of your device, as opposed to a completely separate ecosystem. With the Jet.com app, I can quickly jump in and find an item I’m shopping for without feeling the jolt my brain reorienting itself for a new experience.

The apps material efforts extend beyond hamburger menus and flat colors. For instance, while searching for an item inside of a category, a floating action button, which has an amazing animation, allows you to filter (by way of category, brands, color, etc.) or sort (Relevance, prices low to high, member savings, etc.) your results. The app’s shopping cart is not without pleasing aesthetics either. Entering the cart, you can quickly remove items by swiping left, exposing the brands purple color and a vector trash can icon.

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Incredible Savings

So back to the savings which is most important in a shopping app. For the little bit of time that I’ve spent with the Jet.com app, I am very pleased with the savings that I’ve seen. The concept of scouring the web for the lowest price and then adding member savings and additional options for savings is brilliant in my opinion. As a test, I found a particular bag of dog food on the Jet.com app and compared the price to Amazon.com (the app does this for you, but I checked on my own as well). According to the Jet app, the prices matched exactly, however, when researching myself the Amazon price was actually a couple dollars less. BUT, I then realized that Amazon was going to charge me $22 in shipping for 30 pound bag of dog food, and Jet would charge me $0.

What’s the Catch?

When you first download the app and start to realize the savings potential, it’s incredible. What they don’t tell you up front is that all these great deals are part of a 3-month trial period that starts at your first purchase. After your 3 months, you’ll have a to pay an annual fee of $50 to keeping getting the deals. Not so sure about it now? Well, remember, Amazon charges $100/year for their Prime service to get free shipping and exclusive offers. Another perk to Jet.com? There is no sneaky auto-renew feature when your trial ends. And for that, we thank you.

So, all-in-all I’m a huge fan of Jet.com’s app. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great deal and a pleasurable shopping experience.

What do you think of Jet’s shopping app? Let me know in the comments below or connect on Twitter – @HOOKD.in! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to be the first to receive next week’s app review!

– A.J.

Weekly App Review #4: True Skate | HOOKD.in

Weekly App Review #4: True Skate

In last week’s app review, I mentioned how smartphones have primarily become time wasters killers. Many of the spare seconds we have are spent scrolling through Facebook, browsing Twitter, and of course, playing games. I personally am a gamer at heart, so to no surprise, most of my smartphone time killing comes in the form of games. Well, I’ve found a new game that has proven to be quite good at helping me kill time, and also happens to be pretty awesome – True Skate.

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Weekly App Review #3: Food.com for Android

Now that smartphones have been around for a while, and the technology is starting to plateau, it’s interesting to see how people are using them. In my observation (no research to back this up,) smartphones have really become a distraction, time killing, entertainment device, occasionally used for communication. Think about it. When smartphones first came onto the scene, it was all about productivity paired with connectivity. Now, we’re primarily using our phones to browse through Twitter, scroll through Facebook, get sucked into a Reddit rabbit hole, play games, etc. This is something I haven’t paid attention to until I downloaded the Food.com app for Android and realized, “Hey, this magic device along with this app can actually make my life easier.”

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Weekly App Review #2: Flynx | HOOKD.in

Weekly App Review #2: Flynx

Given that my first weekly app review was of Opera for Android, a suitable replacement for Chrome, I thought I would look at something even a little more different when it comes to web browsing. We as consumers are always looking for quicker, more efficient means of consuming information, and we don’t want to sacrifice quality. When it comes to web browsing on Android devices, Flynx from InfiKen Labs tailors to that need.

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Weekly App Review #1: Opera Browser for Android (In-depth)

It appears I’ve been blinded by ignorance when it comes to web browsers for my Android phone. Somehow last week, can’t really remember how, I stumbled upon an app called Opera. Upon first glance, I almost scrolled right past it thinking the “O” stood for Oprah, or that the non-stylized red character represented the Overstock shopping app – that’s just the vibe I got from the icon. But, as it turns out, this is actually a popular (50 million downloads popular) alternate browser that I’ve come to realize may likely become my new daily driver. Here’s why.

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Google Hangouts vs. Google Messenger

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I’m going to be honest. Since using Android devices, I haven’t come across a single OEM SMS app that I’ve actually enjoyed. A pure generalization from my personal experience is that they are bloated, slow and just plain unattractive. As a matter of fact, I am currently trying to use the LG G3 messaging app and I can’t manage to get the keyboard to display for me to compose a message.

The good news is, as Android users, we have plenty of messaging app options out there. My favorite by far has been Google Hangouts. Hangouts works especially well for me because my full-time job uses Gmail as our primary email client, and Google Chat as a primary means of inter-office communication, so messages from co-workers filter through the same app as my SMS.

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The Blacklist Returns: Who Shot Red?

One of my favorite network television shows over the course of nearly 2 years now has been none other than NBC’s The Blacklist. Starring the witty James Spader as Raymond Reddington, Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen, and Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, The Blacklist has kept me hooked with a strong and mysterious storyline, suspensful action sequences and a budding relationship (platonic) between protagonist and antagonist.

Semi-spoilers to follow.

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Deadpool is Ryan Reynolds' last Chance | HOOKD.in

Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds’ LAST Chance

So.  It’s actually happening.

After a terrible appearance in XMen Origins: Wolverine, a relentless grassroots campaign led by Ryan Reynolds is finally bearing fruit…Deadpool has begun principle filming in Vancouver.  Reynolds has confirmed a firm R Rating and there are even actual set photos out there to prove that this isn’t some sort of geeky fever dream brought on by an overdose of Code Red and Taco Bell.

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DEADPOOL IS REAL.  THUS SPAKE THE INTERNET.

God help Ryan Reynolds if he screws this one up, because there’s only so many times one can try and fail to hit that A-list movie star stratosphere before the machine chews you up and spits you back to Law and Order guest spots and Redbox hell.

Reynolds is a likeable fellow and a lovely piece of Man, but I’ve never seen one actor given so many chances to break through without it either happening or being abandoned.  Its almost as if he’s the physical representation of the movie industry’s only child, shunted around to different jobs in his wealthy dad’s company without ever being fired.  He’s treated like a movie star, he just doesn’t work as a movie star.

His one unmitigated success was 2009’s forgettable romcom The Proposal–because apparently Hugh Grant and John Cusack were too busy–and he’s making a habit of sinking comic book franchises before they even get off the ground (see Green Lantern and RIPD).  Its been a long time since Van Wilder, buddy, and your track record stinks.

Look, Reynolds, we like you.  We want you to succeed almost as much as we want to hear Deadpool dropping F-bombs all over the place while gleefully eviscerating bad guys, but everyone reaches their limit at some point.  The Internet in all its loud and nerdy power is behind you now.

To quote Tom Hanks at the end of Saving Private Ryan:

Earn it.  *dies*

Google Messenger vs. Google Hangouts | HOOKD.in

Google Hangouts vs. Google Messenger

I’m going to be honest. Since using Android devices, I haven’t come across a single OEM SMS app that I’ve actually enjoyed. A pure generalization from my personal experience is that they are bloated, slow and just plain unattractive. As a matter of fact, I am currently trying to use the LG G3 messaging app and I can’t manage to get the keyboard to display for me to compose a message.

The good news is, as Android users, we have plenty of messaging app options out there. My favorite by far has been Google Hangouts. Hangouts works especially well for me because my full-time job uses Gmail as our primary email client, and Google Chat as a primary means of inter-office communication, so messages from co-workers filter through the same app as my SMS.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: “10 Free, but Awesome Android Icon Packs (Part 1)

Recently I came across the lesser popular Google Messenger App, and with its recent updates, I decided to give it a try and compare it to Hangouts. I’ve been using Messenger as my daily driver on my LG G3 for about a week now, and here are the unique features, similarities and downfalls I’ve come across.

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Better Call Saul Episode 106 Review | HOOKD.in

Better Call Saul Episode 106 Review

Monday night, the latest installment in Better Call Saul, Episode 106: Five-O, aired on AMC, and wow – what a revealing episode! The further we go into the season, the more we start to learn about the cast, which is great for fans of the show, as well as fans of Breaking Bad. Last week we got a deeper look into the character of Chuck, and this week we learn a lot about what makes Mike, Mike.

I don’t want to go into as much detail as the last Better Call Saul review when it comes to the plot, because I strongly encourage you to watch the episode to get all the details that can’t come through in a blog post. But, to get an idea of what went down, here is a synopsis.

Overview

The show starts off with Mike meeting a lady at a train station who we soon figure out is his daughter-in-law. Throughout conversation at the station and later at the lady’s house, someone named Matty (Matt) is brought up. The episode gives us clues along the way that Matt is actually Mike’s son and has been killed in the line of duty as a police officer in Philadelphia – following in the foot steps of his father.

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Mike in the interrogation room | Image credit AMCtv.com

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