Group test: App Stores

The Apple App store sets the standard with vast choice, showcased on really fantastic hardware, but there are plenty of upstart retailers looking to steal its crown. Google’s open-source Market is the main competition, but Palm, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia all want a slice of the action too. Let’s see what’s ’appening, then…
 

 

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1 Best for… app developers
Android Market on HTC Hero
Love: Open format. Plenty of choice. Refunds within 24 hours if not happy
Hate: Handset access only
| Read the review |

 

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2 Best for… Media downloads
Nokia Ovi Store on Nokia N97
Love: Download history. Movie trailers and ebooks
Hate:Clunky interface
| Read the review |

 

 

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3 Best for… freeloaders
GetJar on LG KU990
Love: Wide choice. No cost
Hate: Sponsored apps and advertising
| Read the review |

 

 

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4 Best for… Choice and overall quality
Apple App Store on iPhone 3GS
Love: Biggest selection of apps. Very slick interface
Hate: No refund policy
| Read the review |

 

 

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5 Best for… Business users
BlacBerry App World on BlackBerry Bold
Love: Slick interface. Payment via Paypal
Hate: Lacks variety. A touch pricier than rivals
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6 Best for… Windows users
Windows Market Place on HTC Touch 2
Love: Clean interface and varied payment options
Hate: Bugger all apps
| Read the review |

 

 

 


The Apple App store sets the standard with vast choice, showcased on really fantastic hardware, but there are plenty of upstart retailers looking to steal its crown. Google’s open-source Market is the main competition, but Palm, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia all want a slice of the action too. Let’s see what’s ’appening, then…
 

 

review

1 Best for… app developers
Android Market on HTC Hero
Love: Open format. Plenty of choice. Refunds within 24 hours if not happy
Hate: Handset access only
| Read the review |

 

review

2 Best for… Media downloads
Nokia Ovi Store on Nokia N97
Love: Download history. Movie trailers and ebooks
Hate:Clunky interface
| Read the review |

 

 

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3 Best for… freeloaders
GetJar on LG KU990
Love: Wide choice. No cost
Hate: Sponsored apps and advertising
| Read the review |

 

 

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4 Best for… Choice and overall quality
Apple App Store on iPhone 3GS
Love: Biggest selection of apps. Very slick interface
Hate: No refund policy
| Read the review |

 

 

review

5 Best for… Business users
BlacBerry App World on BlackBerry Bold
Love: Slick interface. Payment via Paypal
Hate: Lacks variety. A touch pricier than rivals
| Read the review |

 

 

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6 Best for… Windows users
Windows Market Place on HTC Touch 2
Love: Clean interface and varied payment options
Hate: Bugger all apps
| Read the review |

 

 

 


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