Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 5, 2012: HandyMate pro has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is (supposed to be, more later) HandyMate PRO.

HandyMate PRO is priced at $4.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

HandyMate PRO is described as follows:

An amazing app for DIY-ers, HOME RENOVATORS , BUILDERS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS, ESTIMATORS and all HOME-OWNERS - it’s just handy ... mate!!

20+ Estimators, useful builder tools, geometry calculators, unit convertor, scale/paper convertors ALL IN ONE APP
  • Wall Estimators for brick, tile, panel, wallpaper, weather board, paint, render.
  • Floor Estimators for tiles, board/deck, carpet, paint
  • Ceiling Estimators for panel, paint, plaster
  • Roof Estimators for tiles, sheets, painting
  • Ramp Estimators for tiles, timber boards, carpet, paint
  • Ramp calculator
  • Concrete calculator
  • Stair calculator
  • Spacing(Baluster) calculator
  • Unit Convertor for Length, Area, Volume, Weight, Temperature units
  • Scale calculator
  • Paper calculator
  • Linear Calculators for triangle, arch and ellipse
  • Area Calculators for triangle, parallelogram, trapezium, circle, ellipse, sector
  • volume Calculators for cylindrical, cuboids
HandyMate PRO has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play, and a 2.7-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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That is a huge difference, but the Google Play rating only consists of only nine ratings. Meanwhile, there is a Lite version that has a 4.2-star average.

The negative rating in the Amazon Appstore comes from only six ratings. The reason it is down-rated is a FUBAR on's part. They list the app as being the FAOTD on their Appstore home page, but guess what: it's not free.

That is the first time we've seen this sort of issue. So the app is being downgraded through no fault of its own. That said, it's not really free, so be careful ... might fix this later.

It's a better-than-normal app for the Amazon Appstore (if it were truly free). In general we continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. 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. 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. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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