Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for Aug. 28, 2012: Army Survival Guide

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Army Survival Guide.

Army Survival Guide (dubbed U.S. Army Survival Guide Pro) is priced at $1.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

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You don't have to join the army to learn how to survive in a world filled with chaos. The Army Survival Guide will help you get through whatever intense situation you might encounter, whether you are caught in the crossfire of a political uprising, preparing for a zombie apocalypse, or merely headed out to the country for a weekend fishing trip.

A Little Knowledge Can Mean the Difference Between Living and Dying

Army Survival Guide is divided among 23 chapters covering a vast range of survival topics. Chapters include Psychology, Shelters, Water Procurement, Dangerous Animals, and Field-Expedient Weapons, Tools, and Equipment. The guide also has sections specific to harsh environments, including Desert Survival, Tropical Survival, Cold Weather Survival, and Sea Survival.

Learn How to Find a Meal... Without Becoming One

Do you know which parts of the Acacia tree are edible? Can you predict an oncoming blizzard by observing the behavior of cirrus clouds? Do you know how to identify a poisonous Brown Recluse spider? Army Survival Guide includes nine appendices that will teach you all of these things and more. Find out which plants have medicinal uses, familiarize yourself with venomous snakes and lizards, and learn how to use ropes and tie knots. A number of photos and illustrations are included.

Survive Any Situation--Internet Not Required

All of the information in Army Survival Guide is stored on your phone, so you can access it even after human civilization has collapsed and the Internet has ceased to exist. Of course, human civilization might be alive and well, and maybe you're just outside of your phone's coverage area. Additionally, there is a handy bookmarking feature that allows you to quickly jump to specific sections of the guide.
Army Survival Guide has a 4.7-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.7 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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There is also a free version of Army Survival Guide in Google Play with a 4.6 star rating. Why, then, the poor Amazon Appstore rating?

Here's what one reviewer said:

"This just appears to be FM 21-76 which can get for free online in PDF form. The PDF is better than this 'App' because you can open it in your Kindle app which allows you to search, bookmark, and lookup words. I don't recommend installing this unnecessary app. "

We continue to be disappointed by the Amazon Appstore FAOTD. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer. We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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