AppShopper…wow!

While reading a magazine today, I came across a free app that has changed how I find apps!  AppShopper is amazing!  Go get it if you use an iPod, Phone or Pad, it’s free!

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It tracks prices of apps and alerts you if the price drops!  It also shows you price history for particular apps so you can see trends and what price you should wait for if you want to purchase something.  Here’s one example of an app I want and have on my wish list in AppShopper; Bugs and Buttons.  Right now it is listed at $2.99 but I can see that it was .99 and may go back down again so I will wait for a notification!

imageThis is a screen shot from the web version of  AppShopper, you can login on your device or on your computer using the same login info.

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We have the free version of Miss Spider’s Tea Party and Ladybug LOVES it but I am not paying $4.99 for it.  I saw that they have the bedtime version on sale for .99 so I bought it for her {she was so giggly and excited when I showed her!}!

I had a blast loading up my wish list and getting some free apps today.  I can’t believe I had no clue this amazing tool even existed! Another COOL feature, you can publicly share your lists to easily share apps you own and your ratings for them, as well as your wish list! I am not using the apps I own feature yet, but here is my wish list: http://appshopper.com/user/1plus1plus1/wishlist for you to see!  Many on that list I am just waiting to see if they ever go free, as I won’t pay for them.  Some I am just waiting for a price drop.   If you set up an AppShopper account, will you share links to your lists below in my comments section?  I always love to see app ideas!

As for apps, I am working on an Educational iPad Appspart 2 and hope to have it complete with lists of our new favorites soon!  For now you can browse through the current list of favorite ipad apps for kids.image

If you are looking for a warranty or iPad case, you can see my SquareTrade Warranty review, as well as info about the new iPad case we purchased.



My SquareTrade Warranty Experience

I got an iPad 2 last spring. We play loads of educational apps on it.  It is a well-loved gadget around here.

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I thought the warranty that the store offered was a bit not-so-good, so I decided to shop around.  Almost bought Apple Care-possibly would have been fine, BUT ended up going with SquareTrade and am so happy I did!

Simple process…

  1. Purchase 3 year warranty for iPad 2, only warranty that I found that covers EVERYTHING.  I bought my iPad 2 on 5/25 and then purchased my warranty on 6/6.  You have 90 days from the purchase price.
  2. Scan and email copy of my original receipt…they keep it on file in case I lose it.
  3. Wait for iPad 2 to break, HIGHLY possible with 3 young kids who love it.
  4. Fast forward  several months – iPad 2 screen cracks when dropped.  Woops.
  5. File warranty claim, receive email from Square Trade within hours. Very fast.  They tell me it can be repaired and they will send me supplies to ship it to them.
  6. Fed Ex 2 Day Air Box is Fed Ex’d to me, with simple instructions on how to prepare and send my iPad to them to be fixed.
  7. I dilly-dally and don’t send it off right away since the iPad was still working and I love it and just couldn’t part with it.  Finally I did.
  8. Wednesday evening 6:30pm before Thanksgiving, I put it in Fed Ex drop box that has no holiday or weekend pickup.  I close the door and see that they cancelled Friday pick up too…Poor iPad locked away in the drop box until the following MONDAY.  BOO.
  9. But—I get an email from Square Trade ON MONDAY saying they received my package-wow!  Must have went out before Monday, huh?!
  10. Later that day I get an email with an update, and I log on to see a report of the status, here’s a screenshot…image
  11. 11/30/11…I get an email from “Encore Repair Services” with no reference to SquareTrade or my iPad, saying a package has been sent Fed Ex to me and should arrive on or before 12/2 by 7pm.  I assume this is my iPad but am not sure at first.  Log onto SquareTrade to check but don’t see a shipment update. Later that evening I get the email from SquareTrade verifying that it was indeed, MY iPad en route to ME! Yippee!
  12. 12/2/11… Fed Ex delivers the iPad safe and sound to a very happy owner around 11:30am.
  13. I don’t let my children touch it until the next day when our new case {info below} arrives to protect it better than my last case {big mistake getting a pretty-mommy-case instead of one that could actually help protect it from 3 kids!}

So, as you can see the process, was easy and painless and I am VERY pleased with my SquareTrade service and will be buying warranties from them in the future. I was hoping I would never need to use the warranty I purchased but am thankful I did now so that I can share with all of you exactly how the process worked for me.  I tried to find first hand reviews {not tech reviews} and struggled, so now you all have an honest review from someone you “know”. 

If you are looking to purchase a SquareTrade warranty, you can do so through my link below and yes I will get an affiliate kick-back, thanks!!  Gotta love when a company you love has an affiliate program!

Oh, and the new case I decided on…the Trident Kraken II.  I bought it on Amazon, it sometimes says “out of stock” in the main section, but under the “buy it new” section, you can get one cheaper and just pay the shipping, which for me worked out to be just $39.48.  We are all very pleased with this case.  It isn’t what I would choose if it were just for me, but since I share the iPad with 3 kids, this is the best option!  It encases the entire iPad with silicone and then with the hard blue case. 

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PS-SquareTrade sells warranties for just about anything electronic, not just iPads!



iPad Apps For Education {& more}

Favorite Apps

We got an iPad {2} recently and have been scouring to find the best apps for educational purposes! 50% of why I caved and got the iPad was for school, the other 50% was to help me organize my life a bit more. I never thought an iPad was that great, until we got one-WOW it really is that cool.

We have had iPods for years now and have tons of apps, you can see a few of our favorites here on Apps for Tots/Preschoolers, Apps for Big Kids and Apps for Moms. I won’t be updating those pages anymore.

All links are affiliate links. The apps are sorted {loosely} by the ages I would recommend introducing the apps-youngest to oldest. Always give the free version a try {if there is one} and come back to purchase if your child loves it! I am not writing detailed descriptions for all, but know that I will ONLY put apps my kids and I truly enjoy on this list. Prices are obviously subject to change based on when you are reading this!

 

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Preschool Adventure {.99 –a steal for the MANY games included}

This is one of the very first apps we bought back when we got our iPods and they have since upgraded it to include 18 games! It is wonderful and Ladybug loves it.

 

imageTozzle {$1.99 for full, lite is free-we have full}

Tozzle has tons of puzzles that are the drag and match type. Some are just for fun, others are focused on letters/numbers/shapes. They all improve visual discrimination skills as well as hand eye coordination.

 

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Kids ABC Alphabet Puzzles {FREE!}

This is a wonderful free app, you can adjust the difficulty settings of the puzzles. Ladybug loves this one and chooses it a lot!

 

imageStarfall {$2.99}

No explanation needed I am sure! The app is an exact replica of the ABC portion of the Starfall website! Ladybug and Krash both love this one!

 

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GoFun {lite is free, Full is $1.99 ~ we have full}

The free games are wonderful, BUT they do have ads at the bottom. We enjoyed the assortment of games enough that we bought the full version. The concept is similar to Tozzle {above} with drag and drop puzzles. There is no voice over though.

 

imageToca Doctor {lite is free, full is $1.99 –we have full}

Try out the free and I bet you’ll get hooked like we did, even I think this one is fun! All 3 of my children LOVE fixing whatever is wrong with the guy!

 

imageToca Tea Party {$1.99}

This app is fun and encourages imagination. My boys love it too! Nothing really educational as far as specifics-but the creativity is genius-we love this cute app!

 

 

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Alex Toys Moody Monsters {free}

Both Krash and Ladybug LOVE this app, it is really cute!

 

 

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iWriteWords {lite is free, full is $2.99 ~ we have full}

Krash has loved this for over a year now.

 

 

imageimageBob Books #1 & Bob Books #2 {$3.99 each}

 

We love our real Bob Books and seeing them come to life on the iPad is priceless! Krash LOVES this app, here is a post showing him in action!

 

imageMontessori Crossword {$2.99}

This app is wonderful for both Krash and Ladybug-but mainly Krash. He loves the little “reward” that comes after her spells a word correctly, it’s really cool!

 

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Teach MeToddler, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade {currently 1.99 each}

Krash really enjoys this app and plays it for “school” time a lot! He breezed through toddler and is now completing the K version.

 

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Math BINGO {1.99}

LOVE this!!!

 

 

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Word BINGO {1.99}

LOVE this!!!!

 

 

imageUnited States Puzzle Map {$1.99}IMG_5572

Pac and I are competing for the best time, so far he is beating me! This is a perfect partner with my USA Geography PowerPoint show!

 

imageStack the States {.99}

We are loving this on the iPad {and have used it on our iPod for awhile now-it’s definitely a favorite of Pac Man’s!}. We have Stack the Countries but it is a bit too hard for him so he doesn’t really like it!

 

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Montessori Geography ~ USA {1.99}

Another great USA game.

 

 

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Math Drills {$1.99}

This is a great math facts app, PacMan uses it for school and Krash will begin using it this year. You can program it for facts they are working on.

 

 

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Mathmateer {.99}

This is one of PacMan’s apps, but Krash loves to watch him play!

 

See more of our favorite apps in the posts below!

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