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Are Hot Apps Crashing iPhones?

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One of the AppStore’s hottest downloads has more than 500 reviews and a 1.5 star average rating, which has to be bad news for someone.

We got a press release yesterday from uLocate Communications touting the succes of its GPS navigation app for the iPhone, WHERE, free software downloaded more than 125,000 times in its first weekend. A quick check on the WHERE product page in iTunes tells a different side of the story.

“Doesn’t work,” Worthless” and “Just keeps crashing” are the kinds of reviews that get a developer working on an update right away, though other users seem to be having no problems and love the application, with one fan reporting, “I feel that I’ve missed too much in life already because Where wasn’t available before.”

As we reported Monday, some developers are pointing the finger at Apple, claiming the 2.0 firmware is unstable and causing their apps to crash. Apple, of course, has little to say on the matter thus far and seems content to let the waves of elation and frustration that have accompanied the AppStore’s big splash settle out on their own.

The good news for users of software such as WHERE, is that at a cost of “free” deciding it’s not worth the hassle costs no more than a little wasted time, something Apple’s early adopters seem to have in abundance.

8 responses to “Are Hot Apps Crashing iPhones?”

  1. fuzzy says:

    My buddy texted me asking which downloads I had tried and he suggested Where so I loaded it. Couldn’t get anywhere with it and asked him if he had gotten it to work. “No”, was his reply, “it just looked cool and I figured you could get it to operate correctly”.

    After reading the reviews on it (as of last friday), I decided free was too much for it and quickly dropped it off the phone. Where, should be called NoWhere.

  2. Andy says:

    Short answer = Yes.

  3. EHS says:

    It’s too bad. The app is pretty cool when it works and it seems to work much better now.

  4. CA says:

    I have the ipod touch w/ the 2.0 software, and about twice a week the thing will crash when I push ANY application icon to run.