Black Friday 2012: 5 apps to help you shop

Going Black Friday shopping? These five free smartphone apps will help you find the best deals and stay organized on the big day. Happy shopping!

5. Amazon Mobile/Amazon Windowshop

Screen shot, Amazon Mobile
Amazon's mobile apps offer the website's best features, including wishlist and one-click checkout, on the go.

Best for: Multuitasking

Available for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android 

Amazon’s main goal in life is to keep you at your computer and away from stores during Black Friday. The beauty of mobile devices is the ability to be both places at once. Windowshop, in particular, allows you almost all of the same browsing ability as the Amazon site itself, as well as access to Amazon's websites in other countries (.de,.uk, etc.). The app syncs with your existing account to allow access to wishlists and other information. Now you can shop Amazon while waiting in line at Walmart.   

Cool feature: One-click checkout Click these links for the iPhone version or the Android version. Note: Amazon Windowshop is only available for the iPad.

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