When you save a recipe to Springpad, for example, you can automatically add all of its ingredients to a new shopping list. Then you can access that shopping list from your mobile phone while you're in the store. Similarly, if you save a movie to Springpad, you can find showtimes and see reviews, too. You also can link directly to Netflix and find a streaming version or add the movie to your queue, if you have an account.
Using Springpad on an Android or iOS device isn't quite as comprehensive as using it on your computer. The mobile apps make it easy to browse through and search your saved Springs and notebooks (though you're obviously limited by the size of the screen). But it isn't quite as easy to save information when you're not on your computer. Springpad automatically pushes mobile users to the app instead of allowing them to access the Web app from a mobile browser. The app's search tool does allow you to find information you may want to save to your Springpad account, but it lacks the freedom you get when surfing the Web.
I like using Pinterest for saving images and Web links of books I'd like to read and decorating ideas I'd like to use. And I like Evernote for storing digital notes and documents. But when I want to save information, organize it, and interact with it, I'll turn to Springpad. It's become my personal digital assistant of choice.
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