What happens when you buy a pricy piece of technology or an expensive household appliance? You usually get at least a year's worth of warranty, three years is becoming the norm but, even one year is a long time these days. You know where this is going don't you? That pricy laptop you bought just gave up the ghost and you have a five year warranty on it so, you want to claim on that warranty. You can't find the warranty agreement, not anywhere. Enter, Warranty Hotel.
Description: Warranty Hotel is a new service that has a companion app for Android that allows you to keep all of your warranties safe in one place - on your smartphone and, let's face it, that's the last thing you're going to lose these days. The idea behind the app and the service is both beautifully simple and simply beautiful, when we buy something that is likely to become part of the furniture for some time like a new TV set or a kitchen appliance it's easy to lose a few scraps of paper. With Warranty Hotel you'll never lose a Warranty agreement again. Simply add the proof of purchase or the agreement itself along with the details and you'll always be ready to replace that washing machine or TV set when something goes wrong.
How It Works: The app is easy to use and simple to grasp, all you have to do first is create an account either through the app or on their website here; after this you're greeted with a menu laid out in a grid with all the features of the app. You can see below the layout of everything the app has to offer.
Where you'll be spending most of your time however, is in a few of these options. You'll be spending a lot of time in the upload, scan and find portions of the app. These will let you upload a warranty and its details, scan or input a code from a Warranty Hotel partner's receipt and finally, find all the warranties you have in there.
Adding a warranty is really quite easy, from the main menu simply click the upload icon and begin typing. There are input fields for the product's name, where you bought it from as well as when the warranty begins and ends. You can also add some comments and upload a picture as well, making this the perfect way to never forget the warranty for an item. If the receipt or warranty given to you has a QR code then you can simply scan this as well.
That's all you have to turn yet another warranty that would be lying around the house into digital data that you can access from anywhere. As well as all this you can easily and quickly transfer the warranty to another owner - making smartphone sales more enticing, for sure.
Opinion: As with any app or service like this, it's only going to get better the more you use it. Warranty Hotel is one of those apps that once you get into the habit of using it, it'll make your life a whole lot easier. Being able to upload all the information you need from those pesky paper-based warranties is a blessing - especially for someone like myself who buys gadgets like no tomorrow, having a safety net is always a great option and this is one of the best ways to provide such a safety net.
In my family, warranties are lost on a regular basis and trying to claim on one results in a two day military search of the house, I'm sure that a lot of you out there are the same. With the points system coming to the US before the end of the year - bring with it the ability to call repair centers and more - the app is just going to get better and better.
- Speed (5/5) - There's no lag here whatsoever, connecting to Warranty Hotel's servers was a breeze as well.
- Features (4/5) - For a lightweight app, this carries so much functionality and with more coming it's only going to get better. There's a lot on offer here and you'll wonder how you did without it.
- Theme (4/5) - Theme wise there's only so much you can do with an app like this but, the app looks good and won't stick out like a sore thumb.
- Overall (4/5) - I'm going to be using this for a lot longer and I encourage all of you to try it out! It's a fantastic app!
- Never losing a warranty again has got to be something everybody needs, right?
- The app is so simple to use, there's no learning curve here.
- A refreshing idea that has real life uses doesn't come along all that often, Warranty Hotel delivers in abundance.
- I'd like more options but, not everyone is like me.
- A version of the app for Android tablets would be brilliant.
Conclusion: I've really enjoyed my time with Warranty Hotel and it's certainly going to be something that I see myself using a lot more. With the amount of electricals and particularly tech that people buy today, warranties are more important than ever. With this app and the accompanying service you can rest assure that you'll never be caught short when it comes to a claim again.
To control what details you do put into the app is an added bonus as well because this way you can make sure yourself, that all the vital information you need is there. As well as this, no two products are the same as such you can easily add more or less information as you please.
A solid application that has a very real and useful purpose! Get it here at the Play Store.