Need app advice
I'm not the type to have hundreds of apps, but I've been luxuriating in Apple's App Store, which is vastly superior to Microsoft's WP App Store (my previous platform) for availability and quality of apps.
However, one thing that I've noticed that has me a bit disappointed is that it seems that several of the apps that I'm interested in which are a few years old have recent user reviews saying that the app is essentially broken. These aren't free apps either. So I'm left wondering whether I should try them or not. I'm aware that just because some people have troubles doesn't mean that everyone or even a majority will have them. But when I see multiple reviews saying that the app repeatedly crashes and won't download, no response from the developer, and the reviewer has lost their money, it makes me gun-shy.
Here's some examples:
On a forum related to my profession, someone posted that iDisplay and Air Display are two apps that can be very useful. These are apps which allow you to use an iPad as, in effect, an extra monitor for a PC or Mac computer. But both apps have those recent user reviews which seem to indicate problems.
Then, I'm interested in Shakespeare apps. I used to read Shakespeare when I was younger, but now find I don't seem to have the attention span anymore. Shakespeare Pro and Shakespeare in Bits sound like great apps to help me get back into it. Shakespeare Pro has the complete works, and the best part is what they call their glossary feature, which allows you to touch underlined words and it gives you not only a definition but an explanation of the word in the context of that passage. This app is $9.99 and the developer is Readdle, which also makes the utility apps Scanner Pro and Calendars.
Shakespeare in Bits works differently -- it's a free app, and then you pay $14.99 for each play that you want as an in-app purchase. Like Shakespeare Pro it has a glossary function, but the main selling point here is that each play includes a complete audio recorded by actors, and a complete animated video, which sounds like a great idea for getting a sense of the play's action without being overwhelmed by the details of costume, sets, etc. in a live production.
Both these apps have recent reviews citing crashes, inability to download, loss of money, etc.
So what say you? Should I just try these apps and see what happens? Are several recent negative reviews enough of a signal that I should stay away? Apps like these are part of the reason I came back to the iPhone, so it's a bit disheartening.