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iPhone App Review: AppZapp

iPhone App Review: AppZapp

August 25th, 2010 by

There are over 225,000 apps in the iTunes App Store, and the number is growing each day. While the apps available are neatly divided into categories and you can browse by several different criteria, finding anything good in that morass of mediocrity is almost hopeless. Add to that the fact that developers change their prices almost daily, sometimes for only hours at a time, and I think we can all agree that an app like AppZapp can come in handy.

What AppZapp does is track new app submission as well as price changes, so that you can quickly find apps that have dropped in price (sometimes to as low as free). You can also create an account and add apps to one of several lists, so that AppZapp will track price drops on those specific apps and alert you when the price has changed, potentially saving you money. Considering that the app itself is free, it seems like you have nothing to lose, right?

Features

  • Free apps and new apps at a glance.
  • “Price Alarm” informs you of markdowns of your selected apps.
  • Watch list for apps.
  • Full browsing of the app store by category, just like the App Store included on your device.
  • Browse other countries’ app stores, currently including Germany, Australia, Switzerland, UK, and the USA.

Pros

  • Essentially the same App Store, with the included feature of price alarms and watch lists, something Apple’s own app should feature already.
  • Each app includes a price chart, showing the various recent ups and downs in pricing.
  • Some apps feature YouTube videos as well as the standard App Store screenshots. Again, wish the actual App Store app featured this.
  • Includes iPad apps, and the ability to filter and only see iPad or iPhone apps in your lists.
  • Slick and stable, very well designed, attractive icons and intuitive interface.

Cons

  • The app has some random German sprinkled throughout in unexpected places. Tap on the option “Collections” from the main menu screen and you’ll see what I mean.
  • Even though I have English selected, I sometimes see pricing in Euros. It happens very rarely, and seems to only happen when I view the “Sales” screen.
  • The app listings include all information from the App Store, except user reviews. Odd omission, this is the first thing I look at when thinking about buying an app. If pulling the comments is too intensive, at least have the average star rating for the app.

Overall

All in all, AppZapp is a great way to browse the App Store and track apps that you’ve been keeping your eye on. At the price of free it’s definitely worth a look to see if it’s the app for you.

  • http://www.oxagile.com Web Developer

    This is exactly the application I have been looking for! I;m glad to find it here – thanks!

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