Paid apps 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 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.
LastPass is just one of the many password managers 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 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 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:
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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