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iPhone and iPad crapware - 5 apps to avoid

Tom Kaneshige | April 7, 2011
If you're new to the world of iPhone and iPad apps, don't be fooled by these stinkers in the App Store. Here are some apps that have been overpriced or outclassed.

With more than 350,000 apps on Apple's (AAPL) App Store, you're sure to find some real stinkers. How can you avoid these crappy apps, or CRAPPS?

Sure, we can list thousands of useless apps, from iFart to the infamous BabyShaker, but that would take up volumes. The CRAPPS we're focused on were launched with much fanfare, duping even the most seasoned iPhone and iPad users into downloading and then deleting them.

iTunes accounts everywhere are riddled with these apps

But not all CRAPPS are useless or even bad. Some app developers have targeted an underserved audience. Given the lack of competition and the laws of supply and demand, they jack up the price on their apps—and consumers buy them reluctantly. Other apps simply fell by the wayside as competitors raced past them.

Here are five CRAPPS that make us shake our heads:

Apple Notes

What it does: This Apple app, which comes with every iPhone and iPad, lets users take notes on a yellow pad of virtual paper. The best part about this app, just tap on the app icon and start typing away.

Why it's a stinker: There are a lot of note-taking apps that are much better than Apple Notes. Evernote (free), for instance, lets users take various kinds of notes such as pictures, words and voice, and stores them in the cloud. SoundNote for the iPad ($5) lets you take notes and record sound at the same time. Later, just tap on a word, and you'll jump to the proper place in the audio track.

Evernote made our list of 15 best iPhone apps for newbies, thanks to its ease of note-taking. SoundNote is one of five awesome productivity tools for under $5.

Worst of all, you can't delete Apple Notes from your home screens.

Camera Apps

What it does: The photography category on the App Store is awash with iPhone apps. Some became trendy for a time, such as Hipstamatic for the iPhone ($2), which turns digital images into old-fashioned snapshots, and Color Splash for the iPhone ($1), which splashes color onto a black-and-white image.

Why it's a stinker: For the most part, though, photography apps have undergone a hair-pulling evolution marred by apps that duplicate features. Black-and-white apps, zoom apps, flash-imitation apps, photo-editing apps, all started out as independent apps but were later made irrelevant by apps such as Camera+ and CameraBag that combine features.

End result: a lot of downloading, deleting and comparison shopping.



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