They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Despite the grammatical errors there, it is nonetheless a true statement. If something is working well as is, you don’t need to do any more fiddling with it. This rings true for many of the apps out there.
There are apps that you have to pay for, and then there are apps that you don’t. If the free version works just great and the added features for the paid upgrade don’t seem necessary, then what’s the point? According to users all over the net, upgrading the following apps are totally and completely unnecessary.
OkCupid is a great dating app. A 2014 poll showed that 49.6% of users preferred it to other dating sites, including Match. It doesn’t bog you down with questions before talking to someone, it has the Quick Match feature that is similar to Tinder, and it has a pretty decent filter – all free.
It offers an A-list option which allows you to do some useful things like add a few more search filters and see who rates you highly; however, it also lets you to be a complete internet troll.
For instance, you can see whether someone has read your messages. Who wants to know that? Wouldn’t we all rather think that they never got to it than know that they read it and ignored it. You can also search for people through body type, but since people so often lie about that, you’ll have to filter using your eyes as you normally would, anyway. So even though the $4.95 per month isn’t the worst, it’s still one cup of coffee at Starbucks you’d probably rather have than this.
The New York Times
The New York Times app is free to download, and offers a quality product, at that. You’re given breaking news alerts, you have the ability to save articles on the app to read later, and you can choose between the international edition and the domestic edition. You receive a grand total of 10 free articles per month – from any section.
Subscribing would mean unlimited access to articles, but with a steep price ranging from $14.99 or $24.99 per month, and $119.99 per year. For news that can pretty much be accessed from anywhere, this seems largely unnecessary.
We all love spotify – it’s estimated that 40 million of us listen to it daily. On it, we can listen to almost any artist at any time as long as we’re connected to Wifi. Premium allows you to play music with no service, ads free. The thing about that is, they haven’t really presented us with anything new that would be worth the almost $10/month subscription.
We’re bombarded with ads all the time, so it’s not such a big deal if we hear them every few songs, since that’s what we expect from radio. And if we’re not connected to Wifi, we already have iTunes. Spotify is wonderful as a free app, but if they are looking for more subscribers, they have to show a greater value if they’re charging more than Netflix does.
Showstopper is an app that’s designed to limit picture snooping on your phone. Let’s say you want to show someone a picture, and after they see it they try to swipe through your entire library. With Showstopper, you create a private album so they can only swipe through four pictures.
If you upgrade, you can create unlimited photo albums. The question is, why would you create a large photo album if the point is to be a bit secretive? For some, that may be well worth it – but if halting a nosy friend is all you’re after, the four photo limit seems just fine for most, as evidence by their five star reviews on IOS App Stats.
If you’re the type of person who wants to reward companies who offer their services for free, then by all means upgrade, but don’t upgrade blindly. Always do your research. Try the free version for a while to see if this is an app you’ll use all the time, or an app you’ll just end up relegating to the back of your phone.