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Where to find free apps

Friday, 11 September 2015

My favourite free app finder is:

  • App Hits (see below)

App Hits

App Hits image

App Hits 4 Sept.

Why? It gives you all the apps, free or paid, iPhone or iPad. The downside is that lots of standards like Adobe come first. But you can reduce the redundancy by choosing your category.
By the way, Calculator for iPad is first in the free list, and Google second. For iPhone it's Find my Phone, qith Google again second.
Among the paid apps, the tops are Swype (a keyboard replacement) for iPhone at $.99, and Photon Flash Player for iPad — one of my recommendations — at $4.99.

But App Hits is not my first port of call. That's Apps Gone Free (below again):

Apps Gone Free

App Hits is not as simple as Apps Gone Free. The downside of AGF is a lot of not very interesting (or appealing) games, at least to me.

But many AGF apps are offered as freebies for only a short time. So I check on Apps Gone Free first. But I don't do much downloading.

Then there's AGF's parent App Advice. This has lots of serious commentary and good advice on competing products in an attractive format.

App Advice

 
 

I'm not a fan of the front page layout — the important stories are jumbled together with the gossip and minor details, but I do like the longer pieces.

The group also puts out a useful aggregator called App Start:

App Start

App Start image

It has a section on the first 10 apps to download, which I find hard to disagree with, except its recommended game. I'd pick Settlers of Qatan, and I use TuneUp Radio rather than Pandora.

Beware of iPad 101, however. It was written for earlier iOS versions and hasn't been updated yet. So gestures such as swiping left at the Home Screen won't bringg up the Control Panel — you have to swipe up from the bottom these days (and good luck with that).

Also rans

Then there's the mixtures like Free Apps:

Offering image

A standard info page

You still have tap on the list to get this informative page, though. And there's no way to exclude Russian and Chinese offerings from the list.

Quite a few of the other aggregators I downloaded to my iPad seem to have gone out of business, or have become non-functional. The world of free apps is cut-throat.

 

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