APP OF THE DAY: Australia Post Mobile

APP OF THE DAY: Australia Post Mobile

Tracking your eBay parcels on-the-go.

Australia Post Mobile
Cost: Free | Developer:Australia Post | Platform:iOS | Version 1.2 | 0.4MB | 4.0+

Australia Post Mobile is useful for anyone who spends plenty of time dealing with our national postal service, especially if eBay or Amazon are your good friends.

The app offers basic essential services, including an elaborate postage calculator, postcode search, ‘pay a bill’, and of course (and most importantly), the item tracker.

There is also a ‘find us’ feature which offers a map with pinpointed office and street posting box locations. This proves to be particularly beneficial when traveling in unfamiliar locations. This capability can be viewed as a list also, which is helpful if your 3G coverage is minimal.

Generally, operation is smooth and the interface is simple.

The app is free and of a tiny file size, meaning that requests are on-demand – you need something, it browses. This means that your experience will vary depending on your carrier and location. This may render the app somewhat redundant as your default smartphone browser will offer a similar experience, but perhaps future versions will fix this by having some in-built features.

One thing that did get rather annoying for me was the postage calculator’s country list. It does not have a search function or an alphabetic bookmark system, meaning that it expects you to scroll across the entire list to find your selection – an unnecessarily frustrating process if you have to calculate postage for numerous packages.

Pros: Free, small download, smooth operation.

Cons: Dependent on your carrier as information is not built-in.

Verdict: A good tool to have for individuals who are in regular contact with Australia Post.

This app was reviewed on an iPhone 4.

Get it here:Apple App Store

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