Do you pay for apps?

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May 20, 2014, 5:35:59 PM via Website

Hey AndroidPIT readers,

How many of you actually pay for apps, or do you only download free apps? What are the key factors you look for before buying the app?

Also, are there any apps you bought which you wished you havn't?

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May 21, 2014, 3:57:43 PM via Website

Ok, confession time:

I rarely pay for apps, I can't remember the last time I did! :S Does that make me a bad Android user? There are just so many good free ones out there and I have a high patience level, so ads and that sort of thing don't bother me.

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May 21, 2014, 4:02:58 PM via Website

I confess too, I don't pay for apps. I think this is because the apps that I am mostly interested in are free (Facebook, Flipboard, Candy Crush). I have installed many free apps and uninstalled them right away as I found them boring. I am afraid I will do the same with paid apps.

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May 21, 2014, 4:17:18 PM via Website

I've only bought a handful of apps:

  • SwiftKey
  • various office suite apps when I was traveling in India and still working from my tablet!)
  • a Humble Bundle or two
  • Link Bubble

I'd consider it a personal failure if I ever got sucked into paying for in-app purchases in games in order to progress. Actually, this is why I kind of gave up on Dead Trigger 2 after a while.

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May 22, 2014, 10:10:17 AM via Website

Well, If I talk about myself I also don't pay for apps ;) rather than I get the pirated version from......... Actually the problem with me is I don't keep myself stick to a single apps, I started loosing interest once I installed the application but yes there are some exceptions with SwiftKeyboard and .... but majority of the time I don't like paying for application.

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May 22, 2014, 11:12:37 AM via Website

I've paid for some I regard as a necessity; root explorer, titanium backup, nandroid manager, SDMaid to name a few, though I have bought one or two games when they were on sale (Minecraft was reduced to 60p). The majority of my apps are free though.


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May 22, 2014, 10:11:38 PM via App

I used not pay to any apps....
I do think that it is worthy buying them. There are updates and support. You can install it across many devices paying just once, and don't have do pay to install on new devices neither ...
I did get a bunch of them on promotional sales.

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May 22, 2014, 10:13:29 PM via Website

At the moment i only use free apps,due to the finiacial aspect our family is in. kid in college wife only working part time and i am disabled but once the money is right i would love to purchase some of the launchers and icons sets..

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May 23, 2014, 6:52:54 AM via App

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Hey AndroidPIT readers,

How many of you actually pay for apps, or do you only download free apps? What are the key factors you look for before buying the app?

Also, are there any apps you bought which you wished you havn't?

I really do think there's no such thing as a free lunch. The problem with free apps is that they use your phone's data and wifi signal searching to post ads. Hence, always looking for a signal which translates to battery drain. I just knew there had to be a catch.

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May 23, 2014, 1:02:38 PM via Website

I do pay for good games and apps, like Smash Hit (really good job).

Re key factors - usually you look for a specific issue solution, which sometimes turns to be just a single feature in an app.
There are no apps I wished I haven't paid for.

The main goal for development companies is to monetize the apps, and it doesn't really matter whether users pay for an app upfront or not. It is needed to consider an average Internet user behavior and that issue goes deep in psychology. In the following context Loie Favre could be considered as an exception :)

I have a high patience level, so ads and that sort of thing don't
bother me.

Candy Crush is a good example of psychologically polished game.

Frozen Fall by Disney also uses really maximized monetization mechanisms, though went too far after last update and reminds me of a hidden casino mechanism.

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May 23, 2014, 10:24:38 PM via Website

Well at the beginning I pirated some apps (WidgetLocker for example) but this was ONLY because of the fact that I COULDN'T pay, not as in "I dont have enough money" or "I dont want to pay that much", I simply couldn't, keyword: credit cards...
as soon as I had a way to pay I got quite a list of paid apps legally including the ones I previously pirated for obvious reasons.

MFG/Regards My1

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May 25, 2014, 12:57:08 AM via Website

If I need an app for whatever reason and there is no free counterpart, I'll gladly pay, provided it's not too much of a price for that particular app type (let's say 20$ for an office package is acceptable, but not more than 10$ for a game and a quite good one at it), otherwise I'll pirate it without hesitation. If there's an app I need that can only be bought on google playstore, I'll pirate it no problem (my country was and now isn't, for whatever reasons, allowed for app purchases on playstore). But, in that case, I'll first contact the author and see if an alternative method of payment can be provided. Man, I have quite interesting experiences with that. It happened quite a few times that author was grateful that I didn't resort to piracy and gave me full version for free. That's very nice. But, believe it or not, there were some a**holes that didn't even want to hear me out, something like "if google doesn't support you, there's a reason, beat it", basically like that. Oh, man, those were gladly pirated. Other times we just set up another method, like paypal and everything is fine.
I want to point out this too: except for free ones, I prefer app stores other than playstore. I recommend amazon. There's a free app of the day action on amazon and from time to time some really good apps are available for free.

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May 25, 2014, 1:17:10 AM via Website

Which country do you live in anyway? But it really is weird not being able to buy anything in the play store...

MFG/Regards My1

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May 25, 2014, 9:48:39 AM via Website

I have no problems paying for apps, even if the only reason is to support the developer. But before I do so I will use the free version for at minimum a week just to make sure it's an app I really would use. I've bought a few like AutomateIt Pro, a few games, I've never paid of in app purchase never will, have paid for monthly subscriptions for online play mind you.

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May 25, 2014, 10:36:15 AM via Website

But not all IAPs are bad, some have the model not 2 have 2 versions, but rather put the unlock into an IAP, and IAPs can be retrieved later, so that's no problem...

MFG/Regards My1

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May 25, 2014, 4:47:00 PM via Website

Well, so far I have only bought Swiftkey and it was half the price at the time, really worth it.

Im not proud of this but I have downloaded the pirated APKs for most of my paid apps currently installed but because I dont like to pay for something I will be uninstalling one day later. So this is more like an over the 15 minutes trial before Google Play app trial time.

Now, yesterday I was really thinking that its about time I pay for the ones I havent uninstalled after a few months, and these are:
Apex Launcher Pro
NotiSysInfo Pro

These are the ones that will be receiving my money soon.

I also look for the similar free apps, Im currently searching for a CamScanner replacement since the new monthly/yearly fee is just ridicolous!!

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May 25, 2014, 5:00:27 PM via Website

It is even more ridiculous if it is made using a subscription which essentially means that I need a credit card, and we ain't in the US where every 12 year old has one...

MFG/Regards My1

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May 25, 2014, 7:30:26 PM via App

Yes, I pay for my apps. But there's a catch: I want to test the app throughly before buying. Mostly this means I pirate it. If it's worth, I pay. Maps with me, ai.type, dead space, local buss scheduler, Manga Rock, power amp, metro notifications, apex launcher, etc are just few of the apps I first pirated before purchasing.

Then there are donation wares. If it's good app, I donate 1-10 euros. With my mindset: when someone does a good job, I thank them.

Btw. The apps and services I avoid are those which have a monthly fee.

Other than that, I run with freeware.

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