I do presentations on mobile technology a few times a year, and give out a general handout for clients and therapists on “How to Choose an App.” The tips include the following:
- Keep it Simple – Start with the apps that come with the device.
- Word of mouth – What do your friends/colleagues use? What do they like about it? See if you can try their app.
- Official app stores – Stay with known providers (Eg. iTunes, Google Play, WindowsPhone or Blackberry World). When you download an app from an unknown website, you risk downloading an app with a virus.
- Reviews on apps
- Read reviews on iTunes, Google Play, WindowsPhone or Blackberry World – be cautious of overly praised (100% 5 star ratings) as “real” reviews will have a mixed rating
- Google search for review of the app – include search words such as “best” or “favorite”
- You-Tube search to see the app in action
- Compatibility –Is the app compatible with your device (some iPad apps will not work on an iPhone; some Android apps will only work on certain Android phones; some apps will not work on older models of smartphones/tablets)
- Is it up-to-date? Check when app was last updated – if hasn’t been updated for a few years, it might not work with newer devices or when the operating system gets updated.
- Ease of use of app and how it looks (clear vs clutter)
- Internet connection – does it need the internet to work
- Cost and what you get for it (are there advertisements or extra charges for all the options)
- Account – Do you need to make an account to use app?
- Wait – Avoid downloading an app on the first day it is released – some apps are scams or don’t work properly –wait for reviews.
I’ve included a link to a pdf version below. What tips do you have for choosing an app?