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Last week we asked you if you’d rather pay for apps or view ads Do You Prefer Paying For Apps or Viewing Ads? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Prefer Paying For Apps or Viewing Ads? [MakeUseOf Poll] The age-old questions: money or ads? Read More . All in all, we can say that, at least among MakeUseOf reader, developers who use ads are pretty safe. Especially if their apps are really good.

Out of 519 votes in total, 20% hate ads in their apps and always prefer paying, 26% will always prefer viewing ads than paying for an app, and 54% of the voters will pay for an app to get rid of ads, but only if they really like it.

Developers, go out there and make some kick-ass apps!

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Comment Of The Week

This week’s best comment award goes to Mike Rhodes, who reminded everyone that there’s more to this debate than having or not having ads. Developers who use ads also have to be consistent if they want to keep their users. Mike wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt! This is his comment Do You Prefer Paying For Apps or Viewing Ads? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Prefer Paying For Apps or Viewing Ads? [MakeUseOf Poll] The age-old questions: money or ads? Read More :

Consistency is also important. If I pay for an ad-free app, then I expect updates and upgrades to be add-free if the original app is add free.

Consider Bejeweled by PopCap (now owned by EA). I paid 5 dollars ( or thereabouts) for that app. Pretty average for a game. Especially for an HD version. Then last year it updated and imagine my surprise that it’s now infested with ads. With the iOS ecosystem being what it is, there’s no way I can downgrade to the ad free version. I’m stuck with an app that I paid for and have to endure ads inside. Fortunately, the ads are placed in such an odd position that I can’t really see them as I’m left handed and while playing, my left hand covers the postage-stamp sized ad.

There was no indication that the update contained ads.

I refuse to pay yet another time to make it “ad free” which probably will last until the next “upgrade” and then I’ll be expected to pay twice again for the removal of ads.

As much as I really like the game, I don’t play it any more. Now with some apps i do use, like the weather app, there’s ads in them and that’s fine as the app is free. Or like the calculator app that has ads, and I gladly paid a buck or so to make it ad-free. That’s fair and everything was upfront and honest.

Unlike the shaft I got with Bejeweled from PopCap/EA. They’ve lost any trust or respect I may have had for them.

Which Kind Of Cell Phone Will You Buy Your Kids First?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

When I was a kid, there were no cell phones. These days, kids can’t ignore them, and for good reason. They’re everywhere. Everyone uses them. All the time. Sooner or later, kids want one. Which one should they get first?

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Even if you don’t have kids of your own, you can still answer the poll. Just imagine you did have kids. What would you do?


Share your thoughts about cell phones, smartphones and kids in the comments. Do you think kids get phones too early? Do you think they should have the latest model just like you, or work their way up?

  1. D Giles
    March 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

    This is a strange question....but here is a worthwhile read about recommendations for hand held devices. Please read.
    http://movingtolearn.ca/2014/ten-reasons-why-hand-held-devices-should-be-banned-for-children-under-the-age-of-12

  2. Leah
    March 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    If it is the only means of contact in the house (meaning no landline) then when the kid is old enough to stay home alone that is when they are old enough for a cell phone--a simple cell phone that allows them to have contact for emergencies.

  3. Bob Myers
    March 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Despite all the advertising and peer pressure, under thirteen year olds don't normally "need" a cell phone except in unusual cases like chronic disabling illness, bullying (calling home when getting off the bus and staying connected until they get home) and similar circumstances. Cell phones also make them a target for thieves who may also injure them as a warning or disable them from quickly reporting the theft. I've been two bicycle "gangs" and one afoot gang steal cell phones from grade school kids from my living room window in the last year or so.

    • Jackson
      March 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Bob, your comment was chosen as the comment of the week. Please get in touch with me at jackson@makeuseof.com, and I'll hook you up with a free t-shirt.

      Cheers!

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