Monday, February 23, 2009
Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 01:00 PM
"...It also highlights just what an excellent idea the App Store is, and how well it has been designed. Shopping there is so simple, so instantaneous, and often so cheap per-app, that it almost becomes a thoughtless act. "This app looks cool. I'll try it." A dollar here, a few dollars there."
I'll tell you one thing: I'm spending way more than I ever spent on any other device I've ever owned on Applications. I got my iPhone 3G on July 11th (does it surprise anyone that I got it on release day?) and before I even left the mall I had already purchased MLB At Bat. In fact, that one app was the one that put me over the top and got me to buy a second iPhone after selling my first one in January and using the N95 my wife got me for my birthday. The App Store has proven, despite its shortcomings, to be one of the biggest selling points and most used features of the iPhone. It's pretty remarkable what ease of use can do for numbers, and it's pretty apparent that everyone has noticed. Everyone from RIM and Symbian to the great behemoth of Redmond are scrambling to build their own App Stores mimicking Apple's (whose implementation may be new, but if you think about it, it's almost identical to Ubuntu's Application Manager) to try and cash in on their success.
How much are you guy spending in the App Store? I'd say counting apps I've gotten rid of, I'm easily up around $175.