I've been an iPhone user since iPhone 4 came out. I wasn't so fortunate to actually get the iPhone 4, but rather a hand me down iPhone 3G. It wasn't even the 3GS.
In the early 2000's I was a phone-a-holic. My idea of a 12-step program was a phone a month. Well, it wasn't really that drastic, but I would say I snagged a new phone at least twice per year and it was always the latest and greatest technology. I even remember the first COLOR Blackberry! I've had experiences with multiple major phone manufacturers from Sony Ericsson (my first cell phone) to Motorola, Samsung, Blackberry, Sidekick, Nokia and more.
I was a single parent at the time, but I lived with my parents. When I moved out in 2006, I drastically downgraded. Not only did I decide it wasn't worth the money, but quite frankly, I grew tired of the world FOLLOWING ME EVERYWHERE! I just wanted to drive into the sunset with no interruptions every once in a while. As a single parent, that wasn't entirely possible. I went prepaid and everyone knew it. My time is limited, so make it worth it!
Around 2008, I slowly reentered the technology world, but still with nothing too fancy. When the iPhone 4 came out, I inherited an iPhone 3G. I had used it many a times for the apps and games. To this day, I still utilize my iPhone 4, that I got just over a year ago, primarily for apps and games. It is VERY seldom that I actually use it for phone calls or text messages.
With that and my inclination towards frugality, I prefer free apps. You might think that you can't get a quality app for free, but this is untrue. I don't recall how I found AppShopper, but I'm so glad I found it.
AppShopper has a website as well as an iTunes app for FREE, where you can explore apps, add them to a wish list, keep track of the apps on your phone including updates, as well as my favorite, which is monitoring price changes.
Before Apple introduced the "not on this iPhone" feature, AppShopper was a great way of ensuring I never lost an app, should something happen to my phone. Now, I mostly use AppShopper on my iPhone to add items to my wish list and monitor price changes.
For example, if I add an item to my wish list, I receive updates regarding price changes or updates to the application itself. I pretty much wait until an app is FREE before downloading. This also helps me to gauge which companies regularly offer promos and when. If I add an app created by EA and I receive a notification telling me it's free, I will also check other EA apps to see if they are running a promotion.
Another favorite feature of mine is popular apps. When I select popular apps, I can filter by category, compatibility (i.e. iPhone/iPod, iPad or Universal), Paid versus Free and status (Updates, New, Price Drops). This is a great method for app discovery.
Within AppShopper, the appstore rating is available, as well as a description, the history of the app (app activity including dates, updates with versions, price changes) and more.
The same features are available on the AppShopper website, as well as reviews and a Top 200 list.
I've downloaded several apps to track freebies. AppShopper has been the best, by far. My iPhone is mostly filled with apps for organization, shopping, blogging, games (interactive and solo), financial, photography, social, food and health & fitness, but AppShopper has the best of it all!
If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, I highly recommend this app. It's a must have in my opinion!