Your Feedback On Paid Apps And The Final Verdict


The most important question for us this year is a simple one, to cover paid apps or not? After taking feedback from our readers and discussing internally, we have all agreed to cover paid apps but only occasionally. Our primary goal has always been to find and cover free apps (for all platforms) and we will stick to it. This is our mission and an important one.

The world as we know it is moving towards App Stores and Marketplaces. Developers today have more opportunities than ever before to showcase their applications to millions of users. Those who develop great apps deserve to get paid for their time and effort. It’s natural that paid apps have better support since the developers generally put more effort into such apps, releasing constant updates to satisfy end users like you and me.


However, App Stores and Marketplaces can get cluttered too with thousands of paid apps, more than half of which are unworthy. The question now is, which apps to purchase and which ones to stay away from? With free apps, it is not much of a problem since one can always uninstall them and try another ones. But with paid apps, users are usually left in the dark. This is where we want to help by recommending the best ones to you.

A new category called “Paid Apps” will be added, replacing the Hardware category which has been barely used. AddictiveTips is a blog about software and that is what we plan to focus on.

Occasionally, we come across paid apps that are too good to miss and there are no free alternatives available. Some of these apps are extremely cheap too, with price tags ranging from $0.99 to $4.99. There are quite a lot of users out there willing to spend a few bucks on a deserving app. Covering such apps is a win-win for both developers and our readers. Once again, our primary focus will remain freeware. Paid apps will only be featured occasionally. Some readers raised the point of accepting payment to cover paid apps, this is against our blogging ethics and we will never do this.

All paid app reviews will be clearly marked as paid (within the title) so that readers who are interested only in free apps can easily skip these paid apps.

In the end, we would like to thank all for chiming in with your feedback. Remember, it is you, the readers, who determine which direction AddictiveTips goes in. Thank you!

  • Asskicker

    Awesome site! I keep finding awesome apps here every day!

    Thanks a lot, I’m one happy reader.

  • jtc2112

    What ass kisser said

    • Asskicker

      I see what you did there.

  • Mike

    This is great. Certainly there are paid apps that are worth looking at, an if the word “occasionally” stays true, AT won’t lose their vision.

  • EB

    10 internet bucks says tasker is the first app. Not that I’m complaining, the latest release makes it even closer to a full programming language.

  • John

    I, for one, would welcome tips on paid apps more often than occasionally – if there for example is a better paid, than free, app then I would rather support the developers with a dollar or two and get the superior app.

  • Gregg DesElms

    Clearly this article has smartphones and tablet computers in mind. I notice that this whole web site is spending more and more time on such devices. But just because YOU guys have embraced that technology, and are using it more and your desktop or notebook computer less…

    …doesn’t mean the rest of the world is also doing the same. Some of us use computers for real work, not sitting around riding a bus and texting friends or playing games. We need real computers, with large screens, and real keyboards, not smartphone or tablets.

    There will NEVER be a time when that is not true. Trust me. I’m older than all of you; I’ve seen things come and go; what works and doesn’t work; what people THINK they need and want, versus what, over time, they figure out they ACTUALLY need and want. Trust me when I tell you that desktop/notebook computers will never not exist; and making Windows, when used on a desktop or notebook, look like it’s a smartphone or tablet app (as Microsoft clearly thinks Windows 8 should look) will not be as widely accepted as everyone thinks.

    This web site needs to not forget the notebook/desktop user. It needs to stop thinking in terms of everything being an “app” from an “app store” type situation. Stop closing your minds to what has existed for years, and what will, mark my words, CONTINUE to exist… forever. We will NEVER completely not need full (or at least notebook-sized) keyboards and screens, or SERIOUS processing power and RAM. Never.

    And so in that world, the current paradigm of commercial software makers, and freeware/open-source providers, will continue to exist. It is in THAT world where almost everyone has a computer, now; and in the world of smartphones and tablet devices where only a minority of the world’s population has one. Only in the world of notebooks and desktops is there ubiquity; and wherever there’s market penetration so deep that there’s essential ubiquity, there needs to be a full range of options available, else the poor are left out in the cold. Not everyone can afford to purchase all their notebook/desktop software. Freeware/open-source makes it so that even those who could barely afford their computers, and who can barely afford their internet connection monthly fees, may, nevertheless, have meaninful and useful software on their machines. Believe me: If Open Office and/or Libre Office didn’t exist. Microsoft Office would cost TRIPLE what it now does. Believe me.

    In your exuberance for and excitement about the new and exciting world of small, handheld and/or ultra portable devices whose makers and their billion dollar marketing campaigns have convinced you is the next best greatest thing, be suckered into believing that Windows desktop and/or notebook machines no longer matter. You’re featuring fewer and fewer Windows freeware and/or open source products, and more and more smartphone/tablet stuff… no doubt because you’re all, who run this web site, getting all caught-up in it. It’s where your attention is clearly focused…

    …else you wouldn’t be talking, in the article-in-chief to which this is a response, about app stores, and one- to five-dollar apps as the only example of commercial software that you obviously considered when making this decision.

    I wish, when you asked us if you should cover commercial software, you had made it more clear what you had in mind. From the way your article, here, is worded, by “commercial,” you meant, chiefly, the world of paid smartphone/tablet device apps… “app store” stuff. Had you made that more clear, I would have advised not only that you not do it, but if you did that you put it in its own category (as you’ve clearly, gratefully, decided to do); but I would, in addition, have told you what I’m telling you now, to wit:

    Do not, all of you, get so enamored of the emerging (but still quite infant, in the master scheme of things) smartphone/tablet device world and marketplace that you delude yourselves into believing that it’s all that matters…

    …as the increasing number of apps you feature for THOSE kinds of devices, and the decreasing number of apps you feature for notebook/desktop devices, clearly indicates is happening to you.

    If it means that you need to hire-on (or get to volunteer) someone who still has his/her feet on the ground, and prefers notebook/desktop software while the rest of you go off and pretend that smartphones/tablets are the only kinds of computers that matter, then maybe that’s what you should do. You MUST NOT abandon the world of notebook/desktop computers. Please.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    • Nope. Our focus will remain on all platforms. Heard about Mac App Store and Windows 8 Market?