App Store massively dissapointing...

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by thecritix, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. thecritix macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2006
    West London, England
    Is it just me, or does anyone else feel let down by the App Store?

    It just seems rubbish! Theres few applications that I want, and I have to sift through such Rubbish to find anything.. like 'animal sounds machine' **** OFF!

    and iDemocrat, basically a picture of a democrat donkey sold in the UK for 59p, which is just a picture! and the donation which I thought it was, goes to the idiot who made it.

    Please can Apple sort out the App store before I hate it, because I'm getting close (I know I could not access it, but it showed so much promise, and now it just annoys me)

  2. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Join the club. There's at least three threads going on about the i(insert party) apps. I'm starting to think that the developer is complaining to draw notice...

    And it's a donkey, not a horse.
  3. umop apisdn macrumors member

    umop apisdn

    Jul 20, 2008
    Essex, UK
  4. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I have to admit I had high hopes for the app store — but my gut feeling before launch was always that it was going to be disappointing…
    And so it has turned out to be.
    How many flashlights and tip-calculators are there? :eek:

    Perhaps the quality will improve, but right now it seems as if Apple is content to just list any old cr*p as long as they can claim:
    "Over 10 bazillion apps!" (No matter that 99% are a waste of space.)

    Hoping it will improve…
  5. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I must have been lucky to get some apps I like before they sold out. Phew!
  6. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I wish Apple had some sort of standard of quality for the apps. There's a lot of very poor ones.
  7. BongoBanger macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The good thing about the S60 stores and sites is that because it's been around for a while most of the absolute rubbish has died out and one is left with good software to select from. I suspect Apple's store will be the same.
  8. PMB macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2007
    New York
    apps can sell out??
    And, join the boat, most apps are crap....
  9. markgamber macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2005
    Redneck, PA
    A lot of people should have held off on the iPhone for a few months because this is what happens every time. When Windows Mobile hit the street all you could find was garbage. Garbage still makes up 95% of it but now there are real GPS apps, not just that waste of space google junk, real video apps like Slingplayer and TCPMP, real browsers that rival Safari on the iPhone, etc. Same thing will happen with the iPhone and you can either learn how to code for it and fill the holes yourself or you can wait and hope someone does it for you. I guarantee this much: When the good stuff starts showing up, it's not going to be free. Hope you have real jobs.
  10. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Paying for quality apps is not the problem…
    I just wish there was something worth paying for. ;)
  11. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2006
    On one of my Macs of course
    Aloha DeaconGraves,

    Actually, the Democrats' mascot is a donkey, but this was changed a bit for Andrew Jackson, who was labeled a jackass during the presidential campaign of 1828. The donkey was never officially adopted by the party, however it has been widely used since at least then, like the elephant for the Republican Party.

  12. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I think the app store is great. To me it doesn't matter how much junk is there as long as there are several good apps that I can use. An easy way to sort the junk from the good ones is to look at the most popular ones.

    So far some of the apps I find useful are:

    Remote - free, controls iTunes from anywhere in your house
    Pandora - free, I've found several new songs I like using it
    Holdem - several dollars, but great game, definitely worth it
    Tetris - fun
    myLite - free, might be useful
    Monkey Ball - several dollars, was fun to play, I'm at the 3rd set of worlds
    WeDict - free, nice to have a dictionary on hand anywhere
    Facebook -free, easy to use

    I've also seen a number of specialized apps that have gotten good reviews from their target audience - e.g. Epocrates for doctors, a flight planning tool, several apps for medical students, apps for musicians, etc.
  13. littlewaywelt macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    It just needs time.

    There are so many junk apps on there that are free on other platforms.
    There are probably 500 different types of calculators that are free for WM, where, for iPhone you have to pay for something ridiculous like a tip calculator.

    Some of the best stuff out there for WM was developed by enthusiasts that just want to solve a problem and share. ex- WeatherPannel and the flash video player.
  14. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    I agree there's a lot of useless apps, but that's how it is on any platform.

    I'm not disappointed at all. I got/bought all the apps I need and I'm excited about potential apps that may come (turn by turn navigation, Worms, Sirius).

    I hope Apple utilizes user ratings as a way to determine which apps / companies should have priority in being evaluated for approval.
  15. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    Another way of looking at this is what apps would you like to see. I think a lot of us thought that there would be a lot of great apps but didn't really think what we would need.
  16. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    There's a backlog of new applications and updates to existing apps that are unavailable still.

    Also keep in mind that there were only a limited number of developers accepted into the program in the beginning.
  17. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Well judging by the average standard the acceptance criteria was obviously not very strict… ;)
  18. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    it was pretty random. if there was an acceptance criteria it must have been some monkey pointing at names.

    moot point, there's still some people waiting to get into the program I think. the bigger wait is getting your app into the app store, and getting your existing app updated. i'm waiting on a whole ton of updates right now, sigh.
  19. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    Don't think that it was your intent but the monkey comment was hilarious :D
  20. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    Well, it's true. You'd imagine Apple would screen the first set to make sure they're established Mac developers or something....well...
  21. chinl macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2008
    1. People were angry that Apple didn't allow 3rd party apps.
    2. Apple allows 3rd party apps.
    3. Some apps aren't good, so people are angry and want Apple to control it.

    The circle of rants is complete.
  22. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed that there are a lot of crap applications. However, there are some real gems as well. I don't mind it too much, and as always, you don't have to buy the crap.
  23. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I think someone doesn't know how to browse very well. Yes, there is a load of crapware in the store. But there are also things like Facebook, AIM, etc. that are very useful. This is also a store that has been open not even two weeks and developers have had no more than 5 months to do anything.

    Be patient. The crap will disappear, new stuff will appear.
  24. smfinlay macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Central Florida
    What they need is a trial period for some of these payed for apps. It just doesn't make sense. I would probably have bought a few apps if I were able to try them out first. But because of this fact, I do not spend my money on an app that I might not like or not what I was looking for.
  25. megatronbomb macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Portland, OR
    From my perspective I don't really care about trial periods, but I respect the opinion of those who would like them. I think the best compromise, and perhaps the intended method of dealing with this, is the ability to review apps. Here is where I think Apple has failed miserably.

    They need to crackdown and enforce reviews. Only people that have actually purchased/downloaded/used the application should be able to leave a review. I can't imagine it'd be that difficult for them to filter this, after all you use your username when downloading an app and leaving a review!

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