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CristobalHuet
Aug 18, 2010, 01:54 PM
Post what apps you regret buying, and their price.

I regret getting Real Racing HD (9.99) and Fieldrunners (6.99). Not that they're bad games, it's just that I didn't end up playing them as much as I thought. I also regret Quickoffice (got it at the intro price, which was 9.99 instead of the current 14.99) - just an all around horrible suite, feels very unpolished and barebones.

How about you?



MrWillie
Aug 18, 2010, 02:13 PM
Numbers $9.99

saberahul
Aug 18, 2010, 02:16 PM
Numbers $9.99

Really? I thought a lot about the iWork suit and decided I won't buy it as I don't use them as much... I barely need to actually edit word, excel, or PPT docs (right now I need to create a PPT presentation so I'm in a jippy) so I never bought anything. I do need to read them a lot but I can do that with many free apps like sugarsync, built-in mail, dropbox, iRead PDF, Filer (got it for free due to promotion code but it's paid now).

I don't regret buying any app as I give it a lot of thought first... BIA2 ($.99) is decent and Notes Plus ($4.99) is the best app I have ever seen in my life so I'm a happy person :)

iNeko
Aug 18, 2010, 02:18 PM
The only app I really regret buying is Gangstar HD by Gameloft, and I have a lot of apps (96 including 1 iPod classic game). I got it in the 99/59p sale, but even that was too much for such a shocking piece of junk! I had been tempted by it for a while, the graphics looked nice and it looked like a nice GTA clone, boy was I wrong...

TheBritishBloke
Aug 18, 2010, 02:20 PM
None. I do my research before I even go anywhere near the purchase button for an app, especially on the ipad considering how expensive some of the apps are.

MrWillie
Aug 18, 2010, 02:21 PM
Really? I thought a lot about the iWork suit and decided I won't buy it as I don't use them as much... I barely need to actually edit word, excel, or PPT docs (right now I need to create a PPT presentation so I'm in a jippy) so I never bought anything. I do need to read them a lot but I can do that with many free apps like sugarsync, built-in mail, dropbox, iRead PDF, Filer (got it for free due to promotion code but it's paid now).

I don't regret buying any app as I give it a lot of thought first... BIA2 ($.99) is decent and Notes Plus ($4.99) is the best app I have ever seen in my life so I'm a happy person :)


I was trying to use my laptop even less... The Exel spreadsheets I use are a little too complex for Numbers on the iPad. I am contemplating redoing them on the iPad and sending them out as PDFs.

sempire
Aug 18, 2010, 02:27 PM
I have spent a few hundred bucks so far. Most of the apps I won't know if I need them until I need them.

GadgetAddict
Aug 18, 2010, 02:27 PM
Usually I spend much time researching before buying but this one fooled me: Office2HD (7.99). Really bad.

Also, I don't really regret buying but I was expecting more from the iWork suite. The lack of file management via DropBox or iDisk is a huge thing for me. Plus the poor conversion of spreadsheets in Numbers. Either made in Excel or Numbers in Mac.

appleguy123
Aug 18, 2010, 02:29 PM
Pages. I just don't think that it was very good for $10. I wouldn't have bought it again had I the choice.

PBG4 Dude
Aug 18, 2010, 02:31 PM
Numbers $9.99

Agree with you there. Was hoping I could use this for budgeting on my iPad but it's so frustrating to use that I find myself back in Excel on my MBP.

Applenewstoday
Aug 18, 2010, 04:24 PM
I dont regret buying any apps, but they are a little over-priced if you ask me. Like $8 for tetris? That's a lot for such a simple game. Oh well :D

prot0type
Aug 18, 2010, 04:30 PM
I definitely check the reviews and do additional research before I make my purchases. There might be one or two utility apps I regret, but only because somebody else came along with that extra feature the one I originally purchased should have had, thems the breaks though.

sracer
Aug 18, 2010, 04:30 PM
Agree with you there. Was hoping I could use this for budgeting on my iPad but it's so frustrating to use that I find myself back in Excel on my MBP.
Be grateful that it validates your MBP purchase.
Anyone who can replace their MBP with an iPad made an unwise decision to buy a MBP in the first place. They spent way more money for way more computing power than they needed.
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cfs
Aug 18, 2010, 11:56 PM
Pages. I just don't think that it was very good for $10. I wouldn't have bought it again had I the choice.

I second this.

shotts56
Aug 19, 2010, 06:48 AM
Agree about Pages and Numbers, what a waste of money as they cant save to Dropbox or anything like that.

Instead they make you jump through hoops to get the documents off your ipad, when Documents2Go (and others) can just save to Dropbox no problem.

stix
Aug 19, 2010, 07:57 AM
Thumbjam.

Probably the most expensive app I've bought too. Somehow I thought it would be more like Groove Maker but with normal instruments. Little did I know that some actual musical talent was actually required! :o Never mind.

bluedog3401
Aug 19, 2010, 10:46 AM
Be grateful that it validates your MBP purchase.
Anyone who can replace their MBP with an iPad made an unwise decision to buy a MBP in the first place. They spent way more money for way more computing power than they needed.
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/1157/shrug8fl.gif

While it certainly can be said so. Many people bought a laptop for its portability, not the speed. I guess buying an MacBookPro over a MacBook and then replacing it with an iPad would seem like the original purchase was overkill.

But for me, the portability was the original factor in getting the laptop. I had a MacBook I sold just before getting the iPad. For me the iPad took care of 95% of my portable needs. With jailbreak and an Camera connector kit using iFile its nearly everything I need. I'd like a better ability to manage and use documents/files and native iPad printing being the missing item I'd like for iPad.

Before there was an iPad, the other options available were netbooks or a MacBook. I was seriously considering a netbook before the iPad was announced, but didn't like the short battery life for something that I would be using as more portable than the MacBook.

Certainly the iPad has limitations easy to accomplish with a laptop, but for battery life, functionality and portability I couldn't be happier with an iPad --aside from the two issues mentioned above.

The apps I regret purchasing are usually the $4.99 or greater prices. For $0.99 I don't mind trying an app, as long as it performs as suggested/advertised.

-Bento (I don't have the desktop app to sync back to a desktop. I don't use it, maybe it just wasn't something I needed but thought would be useful)
-Whistle (didn't like a phone number assigned in a far away area code)
- Real Racing (just didn't think the price justified for the game, although I like it as a fun driving app. Other racing apps just seem to offer a little more entertainment IMO)
-WeRule (free, and just a disappointment after playing it for some time. I ended up playing it as an obligation to my friends rather than for my enjoyment)
-iDisplay (worst performing when first released. Maybe its improved, but AirDisplay worked much better and feel burned for this purchase)
-AirSharing (I purchased the original iPhone app, then the Pro to get the additional features. Once the iPad version came out and I'd have to purchase again I decided a $0.99 GoodReader was a viable alternative and does most AirSharing can do.)
CocotoKart HD (controls seem really unwieldy, I thought it would be a good kid racer as less than the Pangea game with a similar style of play)

ashVID
Aug 19, 2010, 10:55 AM
This thread is a testament to how poor the office apps to date are. OfficeHD, while imperfect, is the cheapest. Only really good for basic stuff.




ash =o)

sracer
Aug 19, 2010, 11:22 AM
This thread is a testament to how poor the office apps to date are. OfficeHD, while imperfect, is the cheapest. Only really good for basic stuff.
ash =o)
The iPad has been marketed as a lifestyle device leaning more towards media consumption than creation. So it is understandable that high functioned apps, like office apps, are still in the process of enhancement.

If anything, it is a testament to the unrealistic expectations of many who purchased iPads. (just look at how many people want/look/ask about replacing their computers with an iPad)

These complaints make about as much sense as someone complaining that their push mower is too heavy to be used as a hedge trimmer.

iFerd
Aug 19, 2010, 08:46 PM
I've purchased apps I ended up not using, but my biggest disappointment is Penultimate. A great idea that turned out to be nearly useless to me for its intended purpose.

stuartmeyers
Aug 20, 2010, 12:14 AM
I have a number of 99c apps (either retails or specials) which I dont use - especially games. My purchase addiction is starting to drop off now.

Glad I didnt buy numbers but I do use pages alot.

DKatri
Aug 20, 2010, 03:16 AM
Pulse news
Early edition
Top Gun
And I really resent having to pay 2.99 for angry birds HD, which is exactly the same game just bigger graphics.

kevingaffney
Aug 20, 2010, 03:23 AM
Angry birds HD. Had the iphone version on my iPad. Bought the hd one for the ipad then thinking it would somehow be different. Wrong and a total waste of money.

swedefish
Aug 20, 2010, 07:20 AM
Bento. It is ugly, it lags, and it is generally an unpleasant app to use. I bought it because it got decent reviews in reputable publications, but I just can't use it. The templates are hideous and often difficult to read and the customization options are lacking.

SketchBook Pro is a really cool and well-made app, but I don't use it enough to justify the price.

Merthyrboy
Aug 20, 2010, 11:48 AM
This one isn't complete regret but mirrors edge. For what I paid for it the game was way too short, hopefully they may release some other functions to make the game last a but more maybe.

JulianL
Aug 21, 2010, 07:05 AM
This thread is a testament to how poor the office apps to date are. OfficeHD, while imperfect, is the cheapest. Only really good for basic stuff.
We just have to hope that the power of competition, together with the passage of time, will get us to a better place. I have purchased both Documents To Go and Quickoffice HD and both have their strengths and weaknesses but, due to the weaknesses, I don't find either entirley satisfactory.

I keep both apps installed on my iPad though, so that I can see updates as soon as the appear on the App Store, and I'm hoping that as both companies implement each other's best bits and add new stuff to try and leapfrog the competition, that solid feature-rich apps will result.

Sadly right now the rate of significant feature updates from both companies is discouragingly slow.

- Julian

caubeck
Aug 21, 2010, 02:07 PM
We just have to hope that the power of competition, together with the passage of time, will get us to a better place. I have purchased both Documents To Go and Quickoffice HD and both have their strengths and weaknesses but, due to the weaknesses, I don't find either entirley satisfactory.

I keep both apps installed on my iPad though, so that I can see updates as soon as the appear on the App Store, and I'm hoping that as both companies implement each other's best bits and add new stuff to try and leapfrog the competition, that solid feature-rich apps will result.

Sadly right now the rate of significant feature updates from both companies is discouragingly slow.

- Julian


If only I could put D2G into QO's creamy blue shell...

QuickOffice would get my attention if only they made the text less fuzzy and got rid of the annoying bouncing zoom on select. If you ask them about missing features or things that look a bit off, they tell you to vote for your most desired tweaks on their website. If they can't see what's crap without my help I doubt voting will have much effect.

Batt
Aug 21, 2010, 09:02 PM
Visitors From Mir. Not only is it a crappy game, but it's mostly broken, and the developer's email address is bogus.
When I complained to Apple, they did something unexpected - they refunded my 99 cents.

arctic
Aug 21, 2010, 10:09 PM
Things - lackluster for an expensive app
Real Racing - games should be fun. This isn't. Other racing games are better. Overhyped.
Pulse - overhyped. Reeder does the job well.
BeeJiveIM - I feel remorse on buying this even after owning IM+ (Universal). BeeJive is awesome in the iPhone but lags behind IM+ if its for the big screen of the iPad.

pepe50
Aug 22, 2010, 01:07 AM
Fruit Ninja, boring

ciaran00
Aug 22, 2010, 01:58 AM
Instapaper. Worthless.

ChrisLovesSaw
Aug 22, 2010, 02:01 AM
SimCity. I paid $2.99 for it, and they removed it from the store and I can't download it anymore and I reinstalled iOS 4.0 on my iPod. Thieves. I can't get my money back either.

ovrlrd
Aug 22, 2010, 03:21 AM
ReelDirector and Wormhole Remote.

I think ReelDirector is a great app, but knowing that iMovie will probably eventually make it to the iPad just makes the whole thing kind of pointless. Plus I can't seem to get it to import my 720p Motion JPEGs so it kind of defeats the fun of it.

Wormhole Remote is a piece of crap. The server app was buggy as hell, and caused tons of problems. I should have thought twice about it, I didn't even need an app like that anyway.

CorruptedSanity
Aug 22, 2010, 06:01 AM
ok no one laughs.

MyReef 3D HD

DKatri
Aug 22, 2010, 09:20 AM
Instapaper. Worthless.

First time that I've seen someone say they dont like Instapaper. I only brought it last week and already I love it. One of the most useful apps I have.

I suppose its horses for courses really.

gks
Aug 22, 2010, 05:22 PM
Things. Terrible app in comparison to others out there and Cultured Code are just oblivious to what their customers want. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Grievous Angel
Aug 23, 2010, 03:51 PM
Maybe the Osmosis game that came out. Can't remember what I paid for that. Osforoosa twitter app. Not sure what it does for me that Twitteriffic (free) didn't--but somehow I got sucked in.

Any first person shooter game. Like Nova. Not really an indictment on the game, but rather suitability of said games on the iPad. I've already got an Xbox 360--what was I thinking?


Apps that totally do not suck: Reeder, Guardian Eyewitness, Galycon Fusion, Civilization Revolution . . eh I don't have the others in front of me.

santaliqueur
Aug 23, 2010, 09:55 PM
Things. Terrible app in comparison to others out there and Cultured Code are just oblivious to what their customers want. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

I like Things, but I also use it on my iPhone and iMac. Love the synchronization, and I probably don't need advanced features. Would like more integration with contacts and iCal, though.

I regret buying Worms HD.

Active
Aug 24, 2010, 06:42 PM
I regret buying:

Pages - not worth $10

1400+dinosaurs - horrible graphics not HD

Sticky notes - does not work like the PC one. Notes do not 'stick' anywhere on the iPad. Total waste.

Flash cards - this is so bad, nothing like flash cards. Too big and the results are awful. Another waste of money

And last but not least since I am sure I will have more-

The writers nook - just another note taker. Should be free!

Hraggleblarg
Aug 24, 2010, 07:08 PM
Just about every app I've bought, I end up not using. I don't know why. I'll just buy anything that looks useful and then forget about it.

Sleazy E
Aug 24, 2010, 07:31 PM
I have been lucky so far... I can't think of one I regret.

flipangle
Aug 25, 2010, 01:00 AM
Pulse - overhyped. Reeder does the job well.


Agreed.

Deedolito
Aug 25, 2010, 09:31 AM
Super Monkey Ball 2

Pretty boring and the controls are a pain.

risalvor
Aug 27, 2010, 12:37 PM
ToDo for iPad. It doesn't really play well with others. No matter what I do, I simply can't keep it from creating conflicts with iCal. :rolleyes:

Felias
Aug 27, 2010, 06:22 PM
Numbers $9.99

I can double that... found out that locally stored files are not optimal... have all my files on Google Docs now and i'm still looking for a numbers-like way to edit them comfortably (already bought lots of apps for that, all are crap).

rikmac
Oct 1, 2010, 02:43 AM
numbers

BillyBobBongo
Oct 1, 2010, 02:50 AM
None. I do my research before I even go anywhere near the purchase button for an app, especially on the ipad considering how expensive some of the apps are.

Got to say I do the same. I'm not much of an impulse buyer so I tend to sit and think if I really know of a purpose for the App before I purchase it.

I regret nothing! :D

sam223
Oct 1, 2010, 06:10 AM
This is a good thread. Regret buying Real Racing HD. nice game but for 9.99 don't play it that much.