Total Score: 28.5
There are a lot of list making apps and even specific grocery list apps on the app store. I’ve tried a number of them and have used a few for years, but Grocery List – Buy Me a Pie! for iPhone and iPad is my new favorite. Probably because it is so easy to prepare a list. And, it is equally easy to prepare a list and share it with friends and family. Give it a try and see what you think.
Price Rating = 5 $5.99. There is a free version, but it doesn’t have all of the functionality. You could try it first and then upgrade, but to get all the functionality, including the shareable features, you’ll need the full version.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 It really doesn’t get any easier to create a list and check off items.
Readability Rating = 4 The size is pretty good, but it could be larger.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 I think you’ll find it as handy as I do. I’ve been using it for the last couple of weeks to create grocery lists and it is really fast.
Downsides Rating = 0 I haven’t had any difficulties.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 There have been over 3,800 comments and they are consistently positive.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 I don’t know about you, but I live by lists. If an item isn’t on my list, then I probably won’t remember to bring it home from the store. And, it doesn’t just have to be grocery lists in this app. You can create multiple lists to match your complicated life.
How does it work?
- You can get started right away with this app. It opens to a blank shopping list. You’ll see a paper clip and “type a new item here” on the screen. Just start typing a word and you’ll see colorful words below what you typed. The app is anticipating what you want to type. I typed “b-r” for bread and the closest suggestions were bread, brown sugar and broccoli. There were a few other suggested words that included b-r, like chicken broth. Character recognition helps you create lists quickly. You continue this process until your list is complete.
- If you put an item on the list you don’t want (or as you put it in your cart) you can just swipe it to bring up a delete command, then tap it to delete the item.
- You can also select the color you want an item to be help group items so that you can shop aisles of stores more easily.
- Beside the field you enter from is a list icon on the right side. Tapping that brings up a list of items that can be sorted alphabetically or by color. The colors help sort the items into categories. This function is very helpful on those days when you know you need a lot of items and you can just add them quickly as you scan the list.
- At the top of the list (right) is a number showing you how many lists you have. If you tap it, the list becomes smaller and you can either slide back and forth between existing lists or tap the plus sign at the bottom to add a new one. You can also pinch to make the list smaller so you can switch between lists and then tap when you find the list you want.
- As you add lists, they are automatically named “Shopping List.” You can change that name by tapping the name at the top. You can also delete an entire list from this place.
- In order to forward the list to someone else you need to be in the mode where the list is smaller (as indicated in #4 above). Tap the forward button and send your list via SMS, email or you can print the list. You can also duplicate the list. I can’t at the moment, think of why I would want to do that, but it’s possible.
- I haven’t fully tested the synchronization features yet, but I know you can do a lot by signing on to the Buy Me a Pie website. I do know you can create the list on line, click synchronize and the list will automatically go to the devices you have selected. It even vibrates to let you know there has been a change in your list.
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S or 5), iPod Touch (3rd, 4th or 5th generation) or iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app was developed by Skript, LLC.