I reviewed a ton of iPad apps in 2010 as an evangelist for Appolicious.com a social site for iOS and Android apps. I will be sharing my Best of 2010 lists on Appolicious as well as on NewDigitalCafe over the next few days. But I want to kick things off with my “Worst of 2010 iPad Apps.”
Now, these are apps I personally downloaded off the App Store to my personal iPad and spent the time to review. I tend to pick apps that have not been reviewed before on Appolicious, or may have received only 1 or 2 reviews if any. I don’t particularly read the reviews on the App Store before downloading, not to influence my review, since I’m performing a task for Appolicious. And I pick apps randomly across several categories, download them in iTunes, sync then to my iPad and many times I don’t get around to reviewing a particular app until several days later.
I’m sure you may have your own opinions on what were the some of the worst iPad apps in 2010, and they may include apps that were reviewed by many people, and negatively at that. But my focus and modus operandi is to grab apps soon after their release in order to review them in the next week or so.
So without further delay, here are my picks for the “Worst iPad Apps of 2010” that I have personally reviewed, in reverse order, with my original reviews and further commentary.
#5. Ministry of Sound Radio Lite
“Ministry of Sound Dance Radio Lite is a big disappointment for iPad. It’s basically the web page jammed into an app UI, serving up lots of ads, and an annoying “get the free Ministry of Sound Radio app for your iPhone” every time you select something on screen. Don’t bother!”
Now there are multiple Ministry of Dance apps on the App Store and it’s popularity may be decent. I just found the first impression to be a big disappointment.
#4. Tunemark Radio
“I found Tunemark Radio really annoying. Billing itself as having access to thousand of online station but no way to search genre by city or country. The meta tag descriptions are useless. Every time I hit the world button I go to a web site in Spanish but can’t change the language to get the news and info on the artist. Needs some serious work on the interface!”
Tunemark Radio in its original version was totally unusable and frustrating. A prime example of beta code pushed out too soon.
#3. I Was Here!
“I Was Here is a confusing mess of an app. Lots of sticky notes, cryptic messages, over half only accessible in premium version, only available on the iPhone. Why even waste the time putting this out for iPad? It’s free, but that’s about it!”
I must admit, I found this app a mess to use and the fact that some features were only available on the iPhone version and not the iPad version made things even worse. Should have been called “I’m Not Here!”
“ConceptLink sounds great, but it has a more sterile UI. I can’t seem to get it to add my concepts. I can look at others already loaded into the SW. It also does not come with a tutorial. So unless they improve this, I’m going to have a hard time justifying its use after shelling out 4 bucks.”
I’m involved in concept testing as a profession so I found this app extremely frustrating when I couldn’t even add my new concepts. And tha is a deal breaker for this paid app.
#1. Audiogalaxy Mobile
“I went out to dinner and came back and Audiogalaxy Mobile was still scanning my Mac for artists to add to a list that I would eventually select from, and pull to the cloud to access later on my iPad. I gave up. It barely ran with more than one tab open in Safari. This app isn’t worth the effort. Very confusing install process too, ended up with multiple downloads, confusing steps. Needs a lot of work before being pushed out. Online it’s marked as “beta” but really should be “alpha.””
Audiogalaxy Mobile, for me, was number one with a bullet. It violated all the rules of a new app release- it had confusing install instructions on the Mac, it ran forever pulling info off of my iMac, the instructions were not only cryptic but i ended up downloading multiple versions of the install program and it didn’t even orchestrate the install in typical Mac fashion. It was marked “beta” on their website but it clearly didn’t even feel like a beta program.
– Randy Giusto