Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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The app store offers a fantastic resource of all manners of interesting and useful apps and games. It's not always the easiest of places to browse through, considering the hundreds of thousands of apps out there. While the likes of our fair site ensures that users stay informed on the best apps out there, sometimes it's nice to just browse around and stumble across hidden gems. Discover Apps seeks to facilitate that and provide a similar service to the Genius feature but with a much more attractive user interface.
Discover Apps is indeed a very pretty app to explore. It's the kind of app that users will want to show other novice users so that they can see just how easy many Apple features are to navigate. Users simply enter the title of an app then wait to see what similar results Discovr Apps comes up with. For the most part, they're quite logical connections with the odd blip of something obscure popping up. Connected like a tree diagram, each connection is easy to spot. Larger diagrams can be created by tapping on an icon and then opening up further connections. For further information, the user can then tap the icon to look at app store details and view screenshots.
It's all very nice to look at and sharing functionality is a useful touch. Discovr Apps is a bit basic, however. It doesn't pick up on apps already installed so is prone to recommending apps already being used. There's no way of adjusting it to only provide highly rated apps so sometimes poor apps can be displayed, serving no purpose to anyone. Being able to look specifically for free apps or apps under a certain price would have been convenient. The ability to learn and provide intelligent recommendations the more it's used would have also been hugely welcome.
As it stands, Discovr Apps is a positively charming way of browsing through the app store and certainly much more appealing than the usual methods. It does however lack those ever useful filtering options. Discovr Apps is all looks and no substance. A fine distraction, but far from feature rich.