by Adam Dachis
Nov 30, 2011 10:30 AM
The Best Package Tracker for iPhone
There are plenty of package trackers to choose from on the iPhone, some of which are very good, but nothing really comes close to the ease of Slice. It wins our pick for best-in-class package tracker because you never have to enter you tracking numbers into the app. It pulls them from your email inbox automatically and lets you know when they’re out for delivery.
- Connect Slice to a Google or Yahoo! email account for automatic purchase detection and shipment notifications
- Get push notifications of package shipments and deliveries
- Track how much money you’re spending online
- Easily access a backlog of electronic receipts and check return options
- Check out information about anything you purchased, including product specifications
Slice is a great package tracker because it doesn’t require any actual effort on your part. All you have to do is connect it with your Yahoo! or Google mail account and it’ll import all your receipts. If you order something new, Slice will grab it as well. It will then send you push notifications as packages make their way to you. Basically, you do absolutely nothing and you’ll be provided with the information with you want. That’s pretty fantastic. Additionally, Slice will offer up a searchable purchase history so you can see what you bought, when you bought it, how much it cost, what the item looks like, what its return policy is, specific information about the product, and more. Slice is an incredibly useful app for frequent online shoppers and a great solution to the ongoing problem of manually entering tracking numbers into your phone.
If you simply want a package tracker, Slice may be too much. When I imported all my receipts from my Gmail account, it pulled in iTunes App Store purchases and even a pizza delivery. (You can, however, turn off iTunes and Netflix purchases in the preferences.) I don’t mind this because I love the idea of having easy access to all my receipts. That said, if you’re simply looking to track your packages this amount of information might be a little overwhelming. If it is, check out some of the simpler options in the competition section. If it isn’t, you’ll likely have no issues with the app.
Delivery Status ($3) is a bit pricier than the rest but the cost gets you an iPhone and iPad hybrid app. It’s also one of my personal favorites, as I’d been using it for a few years and it never gave me any trouble. It lets you sync deliveries with its servers and to any iDevices. You can add shipments online through the Delivery Status web app or via a Mac OS X Dashboard widget. The iOS app detects when you have a tracking number stores in the clipboard, too, so you don’t even have to bother pasting it. The app just sets up a new delivery automatically. While the ease of using Slice is hard to beat, Delivery Status comes about as close as you’re going to get.
iDelivery ($1) has a very cool interface with a virtual representation of the packages you’re tracking. It also provides a wealth of tracking information for more shipping services than you knew existed.
My Package (Free) is a standard free option. It doesn’t do much more than let you enter your tracking number (manually) and track your package using a few popular services, but it does ofter a nice map view of where your package has traveled and gets the job done.