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Daily iPad App: Walmart

Walmart recently released an iPad app and I decided to give it a whirl. I live in a rural area where Walmart is the biggest store near me and the first place I check for electronics. Walmart doesn't have the largest selection in the world, but it has saved me the hour drive to Best Buy on more than one occasion. With its new in-store pickup feature and an iPad app, shopping at Walmart has gotten a little easier.

The iPad app is a tablet-optimized version of Walmart's website and does most everything the website does. You can find store information like hours of operation, phone number, services and even driving directions. You can browse products and read product reviews. The app also lets you select your local Walmart so you can see the prices and product availability at the store you choose. Bargain hunters can browse their local weekly ad and rollback savings.

Walmart wants to make it easy for registered users to shop and has added a sync feature to the app. You can login to your Walmart account on your iPad, add items to your cart or saved items lists and then view those items later from a desktop browser. If you prefer to keep shopping on the iPad, you can checkout using the app and choose to have your items shipped to your house, shipped to your local store or reserved for in-store pickup. If you don't have a login, you lose the sync feature, but you can still checkout as a guest.

The iPad app is perfect for people who shop at Walmart. My only critique is not how the app performs, but how it looks. Keeping with Walmart colors, the app has vibrant blue and bright orange colors, especially during checkout, that are a little hard on the eyes. It's a minor complaint and wouldn't stop me from using the app. The Walmart app for the iPad is available for free from the App Store.

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