Shop Sears on your iPad

The Sears app for iPad works well for browsing through items and making purchases online, but you also can locate nearby stores if you need to see before you buy.

The Sears app for iPad works well for browsing through items and making purchases from Sears online, but you also can locate nearby stores if you need to see before you buy. The app layout upon launch gives you tons of big button icons and shopping categories to browse through by swiping your screen, but you also can hit the Products button in the upper left to search or drill down through categories. The app also has an Occasions button that lets you flip through event-appropriate gifts for categories such as Baby, College, Fitness, Moving, and Weddings.

Once you choose a category, you can use a scrollable list to be more specific about what you want to purchase. The main listings pages show nine products per page, and a swipe to the left shows you more. When you tap on a product, a pop-up window comes up showing you the details and a summary, and offers the options to add it to your cart or locate the item at a nearby store. The app also has sharing features if you want to send a particularly good deal to a friend.

Though the Sears app relies on pop-ups for navigation, the app is very responsive and gets you where you want to go quickly. Another great feature is the Shopping Cart, which opens like a drawer from the bottom of the screen, great for checking out what you've picked out already while you're still shopping.

Overall, the Sears app is a solid showing from the classic department store. Anyone who is a Sears shopper will appreciate this fast, responsive shopping tool on his or her iPad.

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