Serious question, do you read the descriptions before you download?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by detz, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. detz macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    This is not a joke or am I trying to come of like an ass but this kind of disturbs me as both a developer and a human living in a society with others.

    So, my iOwn app(see sig) is on the store and I think the description and screenshots give a pretty good idea of what the app does and what it can be used for so I was a little shocked to get a comment today saying...

    No joke, someone submitted feedback on my website(which has description,screenshots, etc..) with this quote..and it appears to be an honest question. So, I'm asking if the average user actually reads descriptions before they download things?
  2. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    I read the description, top reviews AND most recent reviews, go to the dev's/app's website and check their privacy policy (if applicable) and also how it works, not to mention their support page.

    Maybe some were just in a hurry, go to their App store on their iPhone and just simply download anything without reading then they complain at the end.
  3. detz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    It's also amazing as a developer how many basic questions I get...people use me as Apple tech support. :p I'm a nice guy so usually I respond but some of the basic questions people ask(and think it's my app fault) are insane.

    Just another funny example of this, I got an email last week that a guy couldn't figure out how to take a picture. So, I talked him through and he kept telling me the button was grayed out in my app which usually means that there is no camera. After talking back and forth and asking him question after question including what kind of device he had he finally realized that he only had an iPod Touch...BUT he thought he actually had an iPhone so when I asked them that he said iPhone thus I thought something was broken with my app. do get those confused..the things I have to put up with!!
  4. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    Well, I rarely browse the app store, period, so perhaps I'm not an "average consumer." I find out about apps by reading Macrumors, and very rarely, from checking out the app store. If I see an app that sounds cool, but I'm slightly confused by it, I read the description. If I can't figure it out after I buy it, I read the description. Otherwise, I usually just try to figure something out I find on my own.
  5. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    Haha, got mixed up with an iPhone and an iPod Touch, now that's :D
  6. Maxington macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    Oshkosh, WI
    Hmmm. I guess it could be easy to confuse a touch and iphone... <boggled>

    But yes I do think the descriptions do help decide to buy the app or not, but for some especially pay apps it's nice to have a better demo than just the standard pics.
  7. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
  8. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    True, some people write very strange reviews. It's interesting to read them sometimes. For example, I was reading the reviews for a GTD app, ToDo Lite I think or maybe RTM, but this is what he wrote after giving it one star:

    "This apps weird. It's just weird."

    Really, WTF.
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I read the app description on all apps that look interesting to me.

    Most are pretty good. However, I've found some to be hard to understand.
  10. extralarge macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    Agree this, after all iphone's screen is not that big, especailly when you read the descrption. and it will be much better, if it can indicates an youtube demo videos for the customers.
  11. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    Always do.
    I don't understand why people don't.
  12. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
    I always read through very carefully, I view the screenshots, I read the reviews, (usually just the lower rated ones) and sometimes look for demos on youtube. But then again, I can't buy apps left and right without a care, I want to make my dollar count.

    I have seen more than enough reviews that clearly say that person didn't read the description though.
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It depends on the app...

    If the app has lots of press about it (e.g. I just bought Hero of Sparta), I read forum threads and full online reviews (e.g. IGN, etc) first, and in most detail, and I skim the developer's description and the App Store reviews.

    If it's an app for which less descriptive info is available through these more detailed sources, then I read the developer's description in more detail and the App Store reviews in more detail.

    It is, I guess worth saying, though, that I have never paid for an app that was not made by an established development house (EA, Gameloft).

    There are some idiots on the App Store. There are idiots on forums too... I don't think you can win against that kind of thing. It would be nice if Apple had moderators, though, and let you complain about OT reviews and have them pulled. A review like the one in the OP example clearly should be deleted.
  14. akacaj macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2008
    I am a developer as well and I get plenty of similar comments. How do I play back what I just made? The whole point of my app is to shake the phone to play back what you just made! If only they would have read the description. I am afraid that I may have gotten some bad reviews simply because they didnt know what to do. Speaking of reviews, what pisses me off most is a good review with a 1 star rating. C'mon dude if you are taking your time to write a review, please, please be careful and do it right! And to top it off, I just downloaded this thing and it wont install! Thank god it was free. 1 star. Thats what I get for giving away my app free for one day! A bunch of whiny people, it was all 5 stars before that.
  15. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    After wasting a bit of money on a couple apps that I found useless, I always read the descriptions carefully, and I often look up that app here on MacRumors to see what people say about it.
  16. venicedan macrumors newbie


    Aug 18, 2008
    Austin TX
    sometimes, depends on the app. if its checkers, i figure it out :)
  17. gospel9 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Personally nope. I do tend to skim through them... I am guessing most people probably don't.
  18. TheZimm macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    I do the exact same thing, I make sure that every aspect of the app is decent.

  19. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    I always look at screenshots, and unless the app is free, I also read the description
    not so much need to read the description when you don't have to pay for the app, and can try it risk free
    but if it costs money, I like to know as much about what i'm buying as possible

    that quote obviously came from a very ignorant person

    i'd also like to say that I looked at iOwn, and it seems great
    if its still on the app store when I'm living on my own (I'm still in high school) I'll probably pick it up

    I'd like to see a blackberry storm help someone make an insurance claim like this will
  20. gadgetdad macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2007
    On my iPhone
    I do, unless its a free app. However most of the time I dont go to the app store untill I see the app anounced here.
  21. KRAPPS macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2008
    ALWAYS read the description ... don't worry about those few knuckleheads who throw the bizarre question ... you'll get these types of responses whether you have a description or not.

    Actually, we love descriptions ... some of them provide an excellent source of entertainment and blogging material ... the descriptions written by aliens are the best! :p
  22. tommybuck macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2008
    I almost always read the description. A good and detail description makes me more likely to purchase the application. I only go to support pages and developer's websites if I am borderline with the application. Good screenshots too. I usually read 5 reviews in iTunes and less on the internet, sometimes more to see what people think.

    Although if there's an app that looks good in screenshots and is free for a limited time or on sale I jump at it.
  23. neilp4453 macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    I am no developer but I understand OP's frustration.

    It pisses me off when Ipod Touch users give negative feedback because the app didn't work for them when it CLEARLY STATES that the app is for iPhone users.

    I've seen this for multiple apps and it just drives down the true rating because people refuse to read the description or decide to try it anyway because it is free.

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