Am I the only one annoyed by reviews in the APP store?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by EricJ320, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. EricJ320 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
    To me the reviews in the app store shouldn't be a discussion forum, they are to rate the app. I am tired of reading reviews that say things like "I can't wait to try this app" or even "this app is too high priced, I will never buy it at that price".

    Many of the reviews do nothing to help people figure out whether they want to purchase the app or not, and isn't that the point. Sometimes the descriptions of the apps aren't very, well, descriptive, and the reviews help determine if it would be useful to me. As for reviews on the price, doesn't the person purchasing the app determine the value. If you want it bad enough you will pay whatever the price is, if you don't, you won't. Eventually the market will lower the price if the app isn't selling. Don't get me wrong, if someone buys it and gives their opinion that it's not worth the price paid, that's a valid review. But to hear someone who has never bought or used the app complain about it's price is just fodder filling up space, and making it more difficult to search through useful reviews.

    I for one wish Apple would limit the reviews to people who have purchased the apps and actually used them. Again, it's not a discussion forum, it's for product reviews. I realize it's day one, and things will shake out and settle down. Just venting I guess.
  2. jblodgett macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2005
    Give it some time.

    The App Store just came out officially today-- lots of people have browsed the apps without being able to download them.

    As more people download the apps, they will improve.

    This is sort of like the widget phenomenon. Give it some time to get used.
  3. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    I actually enjoy most of them. Though some are made-up or off, I find a good bit to help me decide whether I should buy it or not.
  4. ref26 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2008
    I agree with the OP, I hate having to dig through cr*p for helpful reviews and having star ratings skewed by people who haven't even tried apps. On a semi-related note, I wish Apple would show the star rating of all the apps as you're browsing so you have some idea if it's worth even looking at.
  5. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    I think you should only be allowed to submit a review if you purchased the app. Build a submit review feature into the apps. I am tired of "reviews" from people who have never used the app. People need to learn the difference between a review and an opinion.

    /Copy /Paste to Amazon as well.

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