$.99 Buys Something From Wendy?s Super Value Menu or A Useful Utility

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On August 1, 2008

In order for the iPhone to truly be a superb productivity tool it needs to be easy and fast to use.

Two new apps appeared in the App Store last night which have the potential to be tremendously useful in this regard.

"HurryMail" and "You’re #1" are small, simple utilities that make using the iPhone a bit more convenient.

While I wish each were free… at under a buck each, I think both are conveniences worth the money.

Both are good examples of the way in which developers are thinking, "Now what would make using the iPhone a bit faster?" It is just one more reminder of the value of personalizing your individual device- with apps of YOUR choosing.

A review of “HurryMail” can be found here. A review of “You’re #1” can be found here.
 

You’re #1 – Review

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You're #1

By: UtiliTouch, Inc.

Version: 1.0

Category: Uncategorized

Date: 2008-07-31

Price: 0.99

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Question: When Is An App Not An App?

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Answer: When It Is An eBook Or A Shortcut

Okay, this may seems like a mindless rant. It is… but this just bugs me.

With over 1000 applications already in the App Store and many added each and every day it is hard enough to sort through the applications without non-applications clogging things even more.

The degree of pollution is astounding!

Two cases in point-

1000 Apps and Counting…

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On July 31, 2008

According to a post over on Fortune Magazine in a little over a two weeks the App Store more than doubled the number of available iPhone and iPod Touch applications.

What began with 500 applications has now swelled to over 1000.

WOW!

The more interesting number is that, according to the article, 90% of apps in the App Store are $10 or less. At the same time the number of free apps, 25% on July 11, is now down to 20%.

As we have known all along, the real iPhone news this summer has been the App Store and clearly, as the numbers show, we’re just getting started.

With over 1000 apps available though the big question is…

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Free Is Good!

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A bit of friendly advice–

Always look at the free alternatives on the App Store before hitting the "Buy" button.

Yeah, I’m sure it goes without saying, but with so many apps and so many of them cost more than a dollar or two it is always good to remind one another.

Case in point…

I have the good fortune to be a contributer to the blogs Just Another Mobile Monday and Gear Diary. Both use Wordpress so it only made sense to check out the available options for blogging to them from an iPhone. What we found is yet another example in which a free app comes close or surpasses a paid app.

We tried BlogWriter, a $9.99 app and we tried Wordpress, which is free.

I won’t go into details on each since I will be posting reviews of both later today, but I will offer my conclusion…

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Date: 2008-07-03

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Questions, Answers and (far too many) Magic8Balls

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On July 30, 2008

When the App Store first opened ZDNet’s Matt Miller asked, "Why do we need 10 tip calculators"

It is an excellent question, especially since I’m not sure why I need ONE tip calculator let alone ten.

Looking around the App Store last night, though, I came up with what I think is an EVEN BETTER question. The question…

"Why do we need 1, let alone 5 (and growing), Magic8Ball apps??"

"Who better to answer such a question than the apps themselves?" I asked myself. After all, they ARE supposed to offer insight and answers.

For the sake of this website, therefore, I downloaded all of them and asked the same series of questions of each.

One of them was kind enough to share the history of this piece of American culture. Turns out the Magic8Ball was incented in 1946 by Abe Bookman of the Alebe Toy Company. The original black plastic sphere came with 20 different answers which is interesting since all of the iPhone versions seem to have far less than that.

Here are my questions… and the various answers I received…