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Paid apps You Should Buy These: 5 Android Apps That Are Worth Every Penny, And Why You Should Buy These: 5 Android Apps That Are Worth Every Penny, And Why There is a vast ocean of Android apps on Google Play and it can be daunting to browse, especially if you're new to Android in general. Free apps are great and all, and there are... Read More can be a hard sell when there are almost always free alternatives available. However, some apps offer such great value for money they more than justify the asking price. We asked our readers to name some of these apps worth paying for, and, as always, they delivered.

Value For Money

We asked you, What Mobile App Offers The Best Value For Money?

Unfortunately, the response wasn’t as strong as we had hoped, with only a handful of comments proffered for consideration. However, this handful of comments contained enough recommendations for us to create a list of six mobile apps worth paying for:


Swype Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It? Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It? I've long since fell in love with sliding/swiping keyboard, as my SlideIT review from a year ago shows. But when people hear "swiping keyboard," SlideIT isn't usually the first name that comes to mind: Swype... Read More is just one of the many touchscreen keyboards available for mobile devices. Rather than tapping on individual letters to type out a message, you trace your finger across all of the letters.



Plex helps you organize all of your media content. If you’re also using Plex Media Server you can stream music, videos, and photos from your home computer to your smartphone or tablet.


Downcast is a popular podcatcher app for iOS and Mac. It enables you to download and listen to your favorite podcasts with the least amount of fuss, and features discovery tools enabling you to find new podcasts you’re likely to enjoy What Is The Best Way To Find New Podcasts? What Is The Best Way To Find New Podcasts? Finding good podcasts takes some digging. Word of mouth remains the best way to discover the next great podcast. If the grapevines are silent, here are a few more ways to find new podcasts. Read More .

LastPass Premium

LastPass is just one of the many password managers 9 Password Managers to Make Use Of [We Ask You Results] 9 Password Managers to Make Use Of [We Ask You Results] Creating and remembering passwords for every website you interact with is a real pain in the ass. Unfortunately, it's also essential. Read More available for mobile devices. It stores all of your passwords in a central repository, and can also auto-fill forms on websites and randomly generate secure passwords.

Evernote Premium

Evernote allows you to make notes and take them with you wherever you go. It also makes it easier to collaborate with colleagues, save Web articles for future reference, and take digital snapshots of interesting things you see.

Aldiko Book Reader Premium

Aldiko Book Reader Need An eBook Reader For Android? Try Aldiko Book Reader! Need An eBook Reader For Android? Try Aldiko Book Reader! As someone who has recently been getting sucked into reading more and more novels, I’ve been on the prowl for the best ebook readers on Android. So far, nothing has matched the sheer power and... Read More allows you to browse and download books to your smartphone or tablet. There are thousands of titles available for free, and you can personalize and/or organize your collection as you see fit.

Comment Of The Week

We received some great comments, including those from Bern, Hildy J, and Tomxp. Comment Of The Week goes to likefunbutnot, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment What Mobile App Offers The Best Value For Money? [We Ask You] What Mobile App Offers The Best Value For Money? [We Ask You] Some paid apps offer better value for money than others. And it's those value-for-money apps we want to hear about. Read More :

Plex. $5 per platform to enable universal access to one’s personal media collection, free of geographic limitations and transcoded to the format that best suits the device’s payback capabilities and network connection? That’s ridiculously powerful.

We chose this comment because it offers a clear and concise explanation as to why Plex is such great value for money. The same reader also replied to another commenter with more examples of mobile apps worth paying for, which, in a week where comments were thin on the ground, proved to be absolutely invaluable.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. JC
    October 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Few apps I really don't regret purchasing:
    1) Tweetbot - with Tweetbot Twitter is much more enjoyable
    2) DrinkControl - for tracking my alcohol intake
    3) Monument Valley - this game is so unbelievable adorable and nice

  2. Passerby
    October 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Swype is very good, in fact I'm using it to type this comment. I find it much better than its counterpart, swiftkey. I got both when it was on sale.

    On account of ebook reader, I simply think that moon reader is better. I bought it when it was on sale (see the trend?). I must say that I love it absolutely. Though I find that Aldiko's interface is nicer outside, I find that reading in moon reader is much more pleasant. The numbers of themes presented in moon reader is very adequate. And I love how I could change almost everything in the app, which make reading much more easier.

    Furthermore, I would like to recommend PowerAmp. It's the first app I have ever bought and I bought it at full price. I think that it's the best music player ever.

  3. Gadgetboy
    October 2, 2014 at 2:27 am

    +1 for Moon+ Reader (pro - not because the free version is at all crippled, just because the Dev has created a great app and deserves support).
    Its been my 2nd install on every android device I've owned (ES File Explorer being the first).
    Ip Cam Viewer is pretty high on the list as well :)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Cool. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Gary
    October 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I find Moon+ Reader to be a much better ebook reader than Aldiko, and it's free. It also includes cloud databases of free public domain books and lets you set up your own with a little technical know how. The paid version even integrates with Dropbox and Google Drive, and has text to speech.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Thanks for pointing out an alternative. I think Moon+ Reader was also mentioned, but I chose to include just one. In your view, I obviously chose the wrong one ;)

  5. Dan
    October 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Chill out mate, it's still 1st October!

  6. likefunbutnot
    October 1, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I'm actually surprised at how few people responded. Maybe the topic was overly broad?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Perhaps so. But seeing as this week's We Ask You has only had one response at the time of writing, it may be something else.

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