I should start with this, I adore the Android Market. I have always loved it, but one thing I didn’t like was the fact that there wasn’t an online store. Last February the Android online market was launched, and with that change it became perfect. However, like any good AndroidGal….I had check out the new Amazon App Store My immediate reaction was that it had an attractive interface. On the other hand, things I immediately didn’t like at first are still sticking with me.
Personally I love the free app a day! I certainly don’t see one I want everyday, but there have been a few I was really happy about (ad free Angry Birds makes this Gal very happy). I also love that you can test drive an app from your computer. However, I do find there is a serious lag with the Amazon App Store. Even running on WiFi on my Evo, loading the applications and downloading is not as fast as the Android Market. I really don’t love that once I’ve downloaded an app, I have no way of getting rid of it from my app list. I wish there was a way to delete them totally from my list after I uninstall it from my phone. I do understand that they are kept on my phone because they are treated as a purchase. For a few apps I’ve downloaded I’m positive I’ll never want again, I just wish that there was a way I could remove them. I would even be happy with having to take an extra step to get the job done.
I certainly don’t see the Amazon app store as a replacement for the Android market. One thing I’ve noticed a few times after comparing the two and watching. Is that often the Android Market has an updated version of a application way before the Amazon App Store does. For me, I just check in and see the free Amazon app of the day, and then I move on. If I go looking for an app I still go to and will continue to go to the Android Market.
We all need to remember that as awesome as a free app is, don’t forget that those tiny donations go a long way. I enjoy donating to developers, I know that it brings Android even more wonderful apps. So free or not if you find an app you love, spring for the paid version. It’s what makes it get better and better!