iPad Apps

Okay, I’ve mentioned that I am looking forward to the iPad release. If nothing else, it will be nice to be able to type a little more accurately with my fat fingers.

But I have to say that while it’s nice that a lot of developers are working on iPad specific versions of their apps, I hope they don’t all go that route. For instance, I have 2 ereaders on my iPod. I don’t want to have to go out and buy them AGAIN for the iPad. That would piss me off.

Mark thinks that the apps should work, and I’m hoping that they will. But I am honestly convinced that most of the developers who are working on an iPad version of their products are doing so so that they can get more money out of me, and less because their app won’t work on the larger device.

I also suspect that most iPad apps will cost more (if not significantly more) than their iPhone counterparts. It’s as if since the device is larger, they must charge more for their programs. Who knows, we’ll obviously have to wait and see, but I can tell you that something that I might have been willing to pay a dollar for (99cents) on my iPod is not necessarily something I’d be willing to pay $5 for (or more) just because now it’s bigger on the iPad. Don’t forget that app developers!

I think one of the reasons the app store took off was because people would think “I’d buy that for a dollar” and then click, whirr, they’d have it on their phone. The saying isn’t “I’d buy that for 10 dollars.” Don’t get greedy, app developers. Stick with prices that are reasonable, and show us the benefit of paying 5-10 times more for your app on the larger device before you expect us to just open our wallets.

We are still in a recession.

Some apps I don’t plan to buy an iPad version of because I already have an iPhone version:

  • Cataan
  • 1Password
  • Beejive
  • 2400 Short Stories
  • TUAW
  • ICanHasCheeseburger
  • Bento

Please don’t make me. And if you do make an iPad version of them, make it better not just bigger. And SHOW ME what is better about it – make me WANT to upgrade, don’t just force me to.

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