Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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poll july 14   Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week, following the first launch ever of a FirefoxOS phone, we asked you if you’ll dump your current phone for a FirefoxOS phone. Considering the novelty of the OS, and how different it is from Android and iOS, the results were definitely surprising.

Out of 687 votes in total, only 14% answered “No way”; 16% said they won’t get it right now, but might in the future; 17% will get one as soon as they can; 19% think they probably won’t get it, but don’t want to rule it out completely; and 34% of the voters want to give it some time before they decide either way. Seems like FirefoxOS could have a future after all!

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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poll results july 14   Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

This week’s poll question is: Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone?

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This might seem like an obvious question with an obvious answer, but it’s not. To this day, many users don’t pay for apps unless they really have to, and will only download an app if it’s free. If you’re one of those users, don’t think I’m mocking you, I’m much the same myself at times. For some reason, we would readily buy a drink for $5, but might feel like terrible spenders for buying a $2 app. It’s up to developers to help us realize that we might need this app more than we need that drink, and get us over the app-buying hump. It’s getting better, but many users are still not happy about buying apps. Where do you stand? Do you easily buy an app if you need it? Do you automatically look elsewhere when you find a paid app, even if it’s just what you need?

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How do you decide whether to pay for an app or not? How often do you buy paid apps? What are your reasons for buying apps or avoiding them? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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Nick Rosas

I usually first try out an app usually Aptoide for about 3 days or so and if I like it or I find it beneficial then I backup the data and pay for it . Sounds fair to me :p I have 53 apps from the play store (paid/free) and about 5-7 from Aptoide.

Paul-kristjan A

I’ve never paid for an app, simply because I enjoy the simple things given to me free, too bad for not supporting other app developers, but still, I get by and I’m sure if I won’t pay for that app (buy that), there will be a another person, who will.

Tanguy D

what if everyone thinks like you… it will be the end of the entretainment industry, developers need money for their softwares, and to put food on their tables… imagine if suddenly you boss told you that “you won’t get paid anymore… someone might or might not give you a salary in my stead”

would you still work for him ?

MZK

I am a realist; a pragmatic consumer and have no shame or doubt in the matter. I make no bones about the fact that I will happily buy apps when I think they are worth it because it adds to the quality of my life.
Of course this does not mean I’m a dummy and I have money to throw away.
I take my time marking out apps on appshopper where depending on my actual need vs want, I can wait up to a year for it to be 75% off and buy it happily. Sadly, enough people don’t know about this and waste a TON of money when all it takes a little patience and a realistic understanding that nearly all apps will be free or near free at some point in time, usually coinciding with a memorable moment in the devloper’s life (dog’s birthday, first daughter etc). Good for them and all the better for me!
Still, I always take the time to read reviews, check out support sites for apps and besting all of this, the work on my end is lessened by the common trend nowadays for developers to offer a free version of app for testing before purchase (freemium model).
But at the end of the day, it’s not the high volume or frequency of my purchasing but the fact that I am an active member of this ‘smartphone ecosphere’ that prevents me from feeling like a hypocrite that falsely prides themselves on never having bought an app in X number of years. As if that is something to feel proud about. I feel most of those people are sheep and bought whatever they thought they should be carrying.
GIve me a break..I think most of us are old enough to remember when the Nokia 5120 ruled the day and if I knew that all I needed was a phone without features, why would I pay a premium for my smartphone when I could easily buy a much smaller, cheaper phone that does the basics for me.

No thank you, a smartphone is only as smart as the user and I know exactly why I bought my smartphone, the question is, do you?

Bumferry H

I rarely buy apps. I wish I did because I think app developers deserve the credit (and cash) for creating fun, original and useful applications. For some reason I am always stuck in the mind set that 99p is a lot of money for a tiny piece of programming. But I should get into the mindset of realising that a good app is worth paying for. even a couple of pounds is worth shelling out for it the app is of good design and useful. A cool launcher, weather app, radio/podcasting app. all these are ones that I have decided to go and buy RIGHT NOW. Games not so much. Productivity over procrastination.

Dan

I rarely buy apps because I can usually tolerate the ads. Usually I buy an app if the free version is very limited, or if there is no free version. In my current smartphone I have 6 paid apps out of 40+.

I also have one “pirated” app. I was willing to buy the app but for some stupid reason it was region-locked. So I went to the mall and had it sideloaded from a shop there.

Graham R

although most of my apps are free ones I do have a few which are just so good that I was more than happy to pay for it. The main one I paid for was Swiftkey as I just saw it was really good and worth the few pounds I paid.

Its good to get a free version and try it out though. I guess its up to developers to make you want to upgrade to the full version.

Rick

I generally stick to free apps, and there are many excellent ones that simply don’t have paid versions – ES File Explorer and Gmail for example. But if there is a really good app I want badly enough, and no equally good free one, I will pay a dollar or three for it with no reservations – especially if there is a trial version so I can make sure it works as advertised. Also, if the free version of an app works really well, but for a dollar or two, I can get rid of ads or gain a few more really useful features, sure. Some very worthwhile paid apps include BackCountry Navigator and Titanium Backup just to name two.

Bely B

I think every App-developer deserves to be encouraged to be more producer even with whose apps are not really excelent , Also some apps have new ideas but still in the first progress and what they get from the store I m sure it will be put on developing such apps. If all of us pay just for great apps from great companies and teams,other teams will not have the chance to show us those powerful ideas.
I advise everyone to read reviews and rate apps inorder to show how apps are working and performing.
….Sorry for my bad language :)

Kay F

I rely on test reviews, or test free versions myself.

Saikat Basu

After some time, the ad-supported apps really starts to turn you off, and then you start to feel that its better to buy the apps. And c’mon, the apps cost less than a price of a magazine, so I guess it’s a good “investment”.

Jeremy G

If, after researching app functionality, I find that the best app has a cost below $5.00, I will purchase it. If possible, I will try out the features first, using the shareware version, however, if there isn’t one then I will rely on the reviews and product information. I do have a few more expensive apps, but these are for unique purposes and were not bought on whim. The one area where I have broken the rule of research/review is gaming. I tend to prefer paid games, as I trust (perhaps naively) that their consistency and build will be an improvement on that of free gamesCould I also note that if there is an app I use extensively – either free or purchased – I will donate, such as to ensure the continued support and development of the app.

Akhil

I never pay for any apps. Yes, Im a shameless bastard :P. OK, so i do feel guilt..but that hasnt made me pay for any. The apps are cheap and all, but “torrenting” it is much simpler. + I dont know anyone who pays for anything.

Imad S

I pay for apps all the time. But i don’t download useless apps for money. For instance, thie app snaptext, is .99 cents. I would pay 10 bucks for it. It is literally the most useful app I downloaded/purchased. You have to look at it from a business perspective, the free apps are cluttered with ads, or start ad free then hit you with ads, or start off free then charge once they get you addicted to it like crack! I think apps that you pay for are better becuase you dont worry about ads etc… Ads are freakin anoying. Check out this must have “snaptext” in google play!!! if you dont think this is not worth .99 then just dont download anything!

likefunbutnot

I buy apps. I have more than a dozen Android, iOS and Windows 8 devices that can participate in some-or-other app store. If I can pay $3 for a tool that I might very well use on six or eight devices and any other device I acquire in the future, that’s money well spent.

Dave Bakker

I will try to see if there is a free version first to try, and then determine if the app will actually be useful enough to justify buying. However, I use programs that show paid apps when they become free and I’ll snag a lot then with the intention that down the road I may use it. However, sometimes the app is so good and useful I cant wait and then purchase it.

Dominic C

It really depends on the app itself. If I need it and there is no alternatives just fork out and pay the developer for a job well done. However if I can find an alternative why should I pay him if someone can match his work for free.

Devon

To be honest, I bought a lot of apps during christmas ($.10 offer). Not only I still use. Mobile apps are 95% useless and the excellent ones are full of bugs. So no, I won’t spend a dime anymore.

Vipul J

I always get the paid version that is one thing for sure!
But I rarely ever pay for it.

The only time I pay for an app is when I find that “How can I manage without this app” and the developer is a budding/starting one and not a giant MNC with 50+ titles on the play store already.
This is a weird logic but that’s how I choose!

For example the few apps I’ve paid for are – Sidebar Pro, Picsay Pro. I can’t remember if I’ve paid for anything else!

Mike

Buy an app? Why would you do that?
In my experience there is always a free alternative, usually as good, frequently far better, and all you have to do usually is wait for the occasional advert to pass across your screen, which is a useful time to go make the coffee.
Given that most app developers are not making a full time living out of it, I don’t see any need to give them my hard-won cash.
And if Fred Bloggs can make and distribute an app for free, why can’t everyone else.
App-millionaires – hang’ em from the yard arm or shoot ‘em into space. We certainly don’t need them here!

robyn

okay…you caught me. i knew my cover would be blown. yes, yes, i BUY apps. i’m ashamed. i know, i know, the first rule of app store is don’t talk about BUYING apps. i know, but i’m a lemming. if rovio says buy it, well, who am i to think otherwise? bastion, lili, infinity blade (before the anniversary free-appalooza), yes, i paid, i paid.

on a serious note, i have paid for some apps, and one of the best investments was splashtop streamer, which i bought YEARS ago (yea, two) when i was a newbie iPadder. now, i usually use appticker, appadvice, and appshopper (free apps) to place a watch on apps for when they go to free (or close to it). i do have a threshold of about $3-$4. also, the lite versions of many apps are perfectly fine for what i need them to do (thank you app devs).

how do i justify the purchases in my head? by remembering when i would literally stand on line for the privilege of paying $50 bucks to play tomb raider games on my console!! *sigh* gooooood times, good times.

Susie K

I’ve bought a few apps for my iphone over the last few years, but often I would have tried the free version first then made a purchase. I would NEVER just buy an app to get rid of adverts, I only purchase for the more advanced features. Don’t think I would pay more than £5 for an app. Think £3.49 has been my highest for a satnav app to use in the car

KZB

I will buy an app in order to support the developer if I have used the free version and find it to be excellent.

Arron W

I’ve got a job now, so I will certainly be buying some choice apps to celebrate my new handset when I get it. Now that it’s been brought up, it really is odd how we think about it. The abundance of free has left a sour taste in our mouths when we attempt to buy anything, and that’s not a healthy way to go

Dan N

Yes, I pay for good apps, especially ones w/o ads.

Annie

If i’ve invested a lot of time into a game and it’s really awesome and it only has several free levels i’ll usually break down and buy it. It’s rare that a game is that awesome.

Warren Trost

I don’t even add free apps. My phone is for talk or text only even though it’s a Samsung Galaxy III with GPS stuff turned off.

jkcook

If the app does something I really need and there’s no alternative or the alternative is way to inconvenient, then I’ll pay. One example is WordLens, a scanning translator. It was so worth it, I forked out the $5 to get the German-English version. (I live in Germany). Most of the time, though, there’s a freeware version that does the job sufficiently well to avoid paying.

Ian K

I think iPhone and iPad users are more likely to pay for apps than Android users. You should test that theory in your next survey