Read Reviews of Apps for Your iPad - dummies

Read Reviews of Apps for Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Before you pay for an iPad app from the iTunes App Store, check out some customer reviews to see what other customers have to say. To find out more about an iPad application, just click its icon or text link in the iTunes App Store. Scroll down the detail screen towards the bottom, and you’ll find a series of customer reviews written by users of the app.

You can see the first of these in this image. Each review includes a star rating, from zero to five. If an app is rated four or higher, as SketchBook Pro is, the app is well-liked by people who use it:


In the example, you can see that this application has an average rating for the current version of 4.5 stars based on 52 user ratings. Its average rating for all versions is4 stars based on 2,910 user ratings. That means it’s probably a pretty good app.

You see a few more reviews with star ratings below the review shown in the figure. If you care to read even more reviews than are shown on the detail page, click the small buttons on the right side of the Customer Reviews section — Back, 1, 2, 3, and Next — to navigate to the second page of comments for this app.

Finally, just above these icons is a pop-up Sort By menu that says Most Helpful in the figure. This menu lets you sort the customer reviews by your choice of Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, or Most Recent.

Don’t believe everything you read in reviews. Some people buy an app without reading its description or try to use it without following the included instructions. Then, when the app doesn’t do what they expected, they give it a low rating. The point is, take the ratings and reviews with a grain of salt.