We all have those items on our to do list that just keep getting pushed to the next day. For 8 months mine has been “research great app store write ups.” Yesterday I finally got to it.

I had handed off my phone to Gahlord at Thoughtfaucet to do a thorough test on the Marble Jar app, and I wanted to keep some portion of my concentration on what he was up to.  15% of my mind was already busy running “it itches, it itches” on auto-repeat regarding my poisen ivy, 20% was already thinking about mid afternoon snack, so I wanted to pick a project that could be easily interrupted. App store research!

Browsing the app store is almost a daily event for me (and should be for any iPhone dev team). This “research” was going to be a bit deeper: read every word of the write ups, and categorize the types of writing, and compare those types to each apps mobclix ranking.

I booted up my new iPad and got to work. Three apps and three purchases in I realized that I was not the right woman for the job. Evidently I consider every app store write up compelling. So I ask you. Which apps have you purchases through browsing the app store rather than by word of mouth or paid ads? I need some great examples, and clearly I am not capable of distinguishing fine from great.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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