I wrote about Matt Rajca, a developer who released an update to his Gazette RSS feed reader app but made it a paid update requiring users of the previous version to pay yet again to get the newest version of the app, a little while ago. At that time, Rajca held firm against the criticism of his actions in that forum thread, stating “It’s just $2.99! Maybe the App Store wouldn’t full of crap [sic] if people would be willing to pay a decent amount of money for quality products” in response at one time. However, he’s since made a vague attempt at amends that I wanted to note.
Okay, one iPhone GPS app reviewed and another one coming up. I think I’ve gotten a little obsessed with GPS apps for the iPhone, but I feel like I’ve just been waiting for so long for them. I’ve just hated digging out my TomTom GPS unit, doing my damndest to install the suction-cup mount so it will stay put (which it never does), and watch it get confused more often than not while my perfectly capable iPhone stared at me woefully, muttering lame excuses about how no official GPS apps were available for it yet. No more, finally!
However, although it uses the same map data source as Sygic’s app, TeleAtlas, my street isn’t on its map and it takes longer to acquire a GPS location after start-up. Street names are also hard to read with the daytime color scheme, which cannot be changed. Also, there are no language or voice customization options, nor much in the way of navigation preferences and settings. I’ll start using it to get me around the city this weekend to see how it does performing its main function.
I’ve started to use the Mobile Maps turn-by-turn navigation app that I mentioned the other day and it’s working out quite well so far. It runs smoothly and has gotten me to all of my destinations without any problems, though it gave me a more round-about way to get to one than I would have liked (and different from the route my TomTom Go 720 gives me for this same destination).
- Quick route re-calculation
- Good graphics
- Reliable – hasn’t lost the GPS signal or gotten confused at all
- Tells me which side of the road my destination is on!
- Highway lane guidance display
- Voice guidance volume is too low, even at highest volume setting
- No way to search all POI categories at once
- No integration with contacts list
I have 136 apps for my iPhone in my iTunes library, of which 72 are actually on my iPhone at the moment. Once I get a new app, I try it out for a while to see if I like it and if I’m really using it regularly. If not, it comes off my iPhone, and I try to write a review for the App Store on it. Unfortunately, I’m falling far behind in that last task, but what can you do?
- Gazette, an RSS reader app by developer Matt Rajca, goes on sale in the App Store for $2.99 in October 2008.
- Reviews are fair to middling for the app and subsequent .0X updates. Many reviewers, including me, noted that syncing many feeds can take upwards of 15 minutes (NetNewsWire took only a couple of minutes comparatively for the same number of feeds for me). Rajca stated that this would be fixed in Gazette 2.0, with an ETA in January 2009.
- When asked if 2.0 would be a free upgrade, Rajca replied that it would be free to existing users, but would of course require a purchase to new customers.
- Gazette 2.0 is not released in January.
- In late March, Rajca posts that he’s still working on 2.0.
- More than 3 months later, Rajca announces that Gazette 2.0 has been submitted to the App Store in mid-June. However, it is no longer a free upgrade for current users, but will cost $2.99 for all customers.
- Gazette 1.0.4 has disappeared from the App Store, along with all of the reviews users had written about it.