Want to try complete apps for free before you buy?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by sparkles61785, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. sparkles61785 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    New York
    Have you ever purchased an app, only to be disappointed later? If you would like to prevent this in the future, visit an Apple store and play with the iPhones on display. These phones have a plethora of purchased apps to play with. Today I randomly visited an apple store and played with over a dozen apps that I was thinking about purchasing. I must say that I'm glad I tried them out before jumping the gun. I saved a lot of money, and avoided the horrible feeling that I wasted my money on an app that doesn't meet my standards. This is the recession-proof alternative. :D
  2. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Thanks for the info.

    The depression-proof alternative is to live in the store. :)
  3. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    type the app name in the app store and see if they have a LITE or FREE version. Many do which has saved me bucks
  4. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
  5. normwood macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2008
    In a house...duh!
    Just an FYI....something I noticed when I was in checking out the 3Gs.....many of the Apps on these demo phones are demo versions of the Apps and not necessarily the full versions.

  6. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    the nearest apple store is about an hour away.

    I opt for the alternative, which most know what I mean.
    Luckily I tried a variety of apps. Having purchased over 100 apps I can't imagine how much I would have had to spend if I didn't try before buying.
  7. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    I have quite a few junk apps on my phone.. really should be a Lite version for all apps imo..
  8. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    I will not drive an hour to see an app then back.
  9. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Sounds like Jailbreak to me. Funny signature you have there.
  10. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    The OP is the quintessential example of being penny wise and pound foolish.
  11. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Thanks, I love MY jailbroken phones.
  12. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    Because you love stealing things ?
  13. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    yeah Pika I love stealing from developers, that is why I have purchased over 100 apps/games.

    Look what else I stole.

    Attached Files:

  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    While not for everyone it really is a good idea. Though I agree all apps should have a lite version.
  15. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Sorry misunderstood your sig, thought you were a JB basher. No I get it :D
  16. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    The response from Pika is a common opinion regarding jailbreaking.

    Well, jailbreaking has taught me a lot about the iphone. as I sit here I am ssh'ing into the iphone trying to figure out how to change icons and wallpapers associated with the theme. Having been awake for 34 hours, trying to learn how to do this crap is frustrating but still fun.

    As much as I dislike the stereotype casted upon jailbreakers there is a part of the community that feels entitled to free everything.
    Cydia is now offering mutliple apps through their store. The uproar of some regarding having to pay for some of the new apps is humorous IMO.
    there is another thread discussing piracy that I as part where a developer proposed the question would you buy a car without test driving it?
    Just take Sudoko, hope I spelled it correctly, for example? How in the world do you know which one is right for you. Just one example where a try before you buy would be nice.
  17. strike1555 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2009
    Can't comprehend?
  18. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    I agree with some of your statements. It is fun to learn about the workings of your phone, just like tweaking a windows mobile phone was/is. However Apple does not want you to learn about your phone on your own, there is no app for that:D
  19. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008

    I give the opportunity to the iphone users to download my free version of [app]iSaveWeb Lite[/app] for trial and those jail-braking bastards still get my [app]iSaveWeb[/app] paid version for free and this really piss me off. :mad:

    I get no coin for my hard work :(
  20. Simgar988 macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
    but you get advertisement value out of it... and if you thought that your apps would be be pirate-free when entering the app dev world...

    well that's something known as ignorance.
  21. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    RIP Dev ha the tool for you...

  22. MacToddB macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Another option is, when you find an app you think you might like, simply ask the developer for a promo code.

    Whenever people have asked me about a certain sound they might be looking for, I usually either send the MP3 or WAV file (works for me because most of my apps are soundboard apps) or just offer them a free promo code so there's no risk. After all, developers get 50 codes with each version, and they might be happy to share with a legitimate prospect. Otherwise, a lot of promo codes go unused, or go to people who really wouldn't be a good fit for the app and never post a review or post an inappropriate one (i.e. "I don't like tower defense games, but this was okay").

    Bottom line, it doesn't hurt to ask.
  23. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    Why would a developer be inclined to hand out a promo code to a potential customer? Once they redeem the code, the developer doesn't get a sale from that person. Just as bad as having the app jailbroken (from the financial point of view.)
  24. mhuntoon macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    I honestly don't know what you mean. Not being sarcastic, is there some underground board that shares iPhone apps? With all the TV shows, movies, etc that are torrented and shared via p2p, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I didn't know you could do the same with iPhone apps (figured there was something coded in that would alert Apple to a pirated app).

    Again, not trying to be snarky, so if I'm misunderstanding you please don't be offended. I, for one, wish you could have a fully functional app available to play with for a week or so before plunking down the money - obviously, I'm not talking about .99 apps or the like, I'm talking about the few that I've held back on that cost $25 or more. If we could play with it, get hooked, and then purchase it once we know what we're getting (as many software developers do), I'd think that would be a great marketing move. I assume this isn't done because Apple won't allow it, though.
  25. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    After typing a few comments for this, I have nothing to say but get over it. It's just how it works these days.

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