How I Pick Apps And Portable Games

Sometimes a screenshot doesn't do an app justice... other times, it doesn't tell the full story.

Between my iPod Touch and my Epic, I have pretty much every cool app and/or game I could care to have.

That isnít to say I wonít be downloading more. Iíve been pretty fortunate on my choices of apps and I have yet to purchase one that isnít something I use on a semi-regular basis. Iíd like to say that itís because Iím awesome (which I am) but in this case, Iíve actually had a little help.

Iím not the type to be taken in by a pretty screenshot or to make impulse purchases online. I typically go in armed with some form of information before I make a purchase. If youíve had a few digital lemons in your purchase history, let me give you a few hints on how to avoid them in the future.

Your first source of information for app or game purchases for your portable device is most likely your friends and that isnít necessarily a bad thing. However, you have to consider the friend youíre talking to before making a purchase. Are they the type who like more flash in their apps than substance? Do they have 20 different soundboards that they use to torment you on long trips? If their taste is different from yours in another entertainment media (like TV or movies), you might want to think twice before taking their advice on an app they say is a ďmust download???.

The second place you might find advice on apps would be tech or gaming sites (*ahem* Like this one) which again isnít a bad thing. Many of the sites I visit have entire articles dedicated to specific apps or might only mention something in passing in an article about a device. Again, you have to consider the source. Is the site youíre reading geared towards casual gamers and you consider yourself a hardcore gamer? Are you reading about a game on a site that typically reviews hardware? Have you ever purchased a game or app based on the advice of the site and had it be a flop for you? Make sure the opinions youíre reading match up with yours more often than not before acting on it.

Many people quote the reviews of the apps as the deciding point. But when I ask, they never go past the initial three or four reviews and typically donít even read the reviews, instead choosing to rely on how many stars an app has been awarded by reviewers. This is what I like to refer to as a mistakeÖ

There are, unfortunately, app creators who are not above using false accounts to promote and recommend their own apps. This can come in the form of using the accounts to push a sub-par review off of the front page or last three reviews in order to make their product look better. If you want the skinny on a particular app, take the time to fully read a few randomly chosen reviews from *all* of the reviews, not just the first three or four.

Lite and beta versions can often be downloaded to try out before you decide to purchase...

Keep in mind that a large majority of the apps out there have a ďlite??? version, something you can download before you decide to purchase and see if you like it or not. Itís worth the few extra minutes to try on a pair of shoes before you just go and buy them, right? Same principle applies here.

Finally, I recommend a quick search on the company or persons that produce the app youíre looking at. If thereís any potential foul play or if the company has a track record of producing crappy, buggy apps, youíre going to find out pretty quick just by typing in their name in the search bar.

Remember, it might only be a buck here or a buck there but it adds upÖ and crap is crap no matter how pretty the bow on the package itís presented in.

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