Christmas shopping covered with the GALAXY Note II

        Christmas shopping used to mean forcing your way through crowds to fight over the last available Furby and whatever was left of your Christmas spirit.

 

 

 

 

Then the internet came along and made everything that little bit easier, so long as you were prepared to risk missed deliveries and explaining to your live-in loved ones just what that box marked TOYS in the hallway was.

Luckily, with the GALAXY Note II, you can get ahead of Santa himself, with a range of apps guaranteed to give you the edge online or on the high street.

Here are the ones you should slip in your stocking this year.

HotUKDeals

HotUKDeals

Free Get it here

The app version of this incredibly popular deals site is the place to go for price cuts, BOGOF deals, pricing errors and general tips on what's best, cheapest and available right now.

You can search all the deals found on the parent site, and use GPS to track down the best offers wherever you are, so you'll always be on top of the pre-Christmas sales.

Quidco

QuidCo

Free Get it here

Styling itself as the app that pays you, Quidco lets shoppers search for deals and then, when they buy, claim their share of the sales commission usually bagged by comparison sites.

Phone contracts usually come with the best cashback options, with even cheap SIM-only deals bagging you upwards of £30 – worth knowing if you're buying someone a Note II this year!

ASDA

ASDA

Free Get it here

All the big UK supermarkets now let you organise your online shopping through smartphone apps, but the ASDA option is the most accessible and user friendly.

It even boasts a barcode scanner so you can replace things in your kitchen cupboards just by snapping them with the Note II's camera. Ideal when stocking up for Christmas dinner!

Amazon Mobile

Amazon Mobile

Free Get it here

The world's biggest online shop also lets you hunt for deals on your phone, with everything you'd find on the full website browsable and impulse-buyable using this handy app.

The layout is actually cleaner and more user-friendly than the desktop original, and it's a great way to surreptitiously browse for gifts without your nearest and dearest seeing you!

eBay

eBay

Free Get it here

If your loved ones don't mind their Christmas presents coming in worn boxes or with the tags suspiciously missing, you'll find everything you need with the official eBay app.

The Note II's generous screen makes scrutinising items a doddle, while the app itself offers a streamlined experience for buyers and sellers, so you'll never need to use the full site again!

Fab

Fab

Free Get it here

This extremely stylish shopping app specialises in unusual, arty items that make ideal Christmas presents for people who think they have seen it all.

The gorgeous layout positively beams out of the Note II's HD Super AMOLED screen, and there's even a simple 'For mum' option, making it even easier to find the perfect gift.

Grocery Offers UK

Grocery Offers UK

Free Get it here

This app does one thing and it does it very well, pulling out the all the discounted items from the ever-changing database of Tesco stores across the UK.

It's always handy for finding out about two-for-one offers and the like, but it comes into its own when it's time to stock up on stollen and max-out on mince pies!

 

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