Contest: Tell ChiffaN and TMA the truth to win a $15 iTunes giftcard! (Closed)

Hey there, TMA fans! I’m in a good and generous mood today following my birthday celebration over the weekend! And to share this mood with all of you dear readers, I’m going to give out a $15 US Gift Card. But you are going to have work for it. Well, a little bit.

I’ve been with TMA for a just about 5 months now and hope you’ve been enjoying my work. And I’m commited to making it even better. So in this regard, one of the things I’m going to expect from you is to leave a comment on this post describing what you like at TMA… AND what you feel we could build on. Feel free to be frank in relating TMA’s cons in relation to other iDevice websites. I want to point out that the latter part is an ABSOLUTE must.

The other thing I would like – is that  you spread the word about this contest as far and wide as possible using the best time sucker available now – Twitter.

A complete recap of the rules and the Twitter message to tweet following after the gap.

Contest Rules:

  1. This iTunes Gift Card (GC) giveaway is open to all, though you must have a valid US App Store account in order to redeem your gift card.
  2. To enter, submit a comment below and let me know what you like most AND what you feel we could build on here at TouchMyApps.
  3. Follow @TouchMyApps and @ChiffaNe on Twitter and tweet: RT&Follow @TouchMyApps to win a $15 iTunes Gift Card, courtesy of @ChiffaNe for a simple comment and tweet! Details at http://bit.ly/6bFRAr
  4. I will make a shortlist of 10 of the best comments and randomly pick one to be the winner on Jan 22d, 2010 @ 12:00 GMT+3.

Simple, ain’t it?

Also, all of the comments will participate in my Comment of the Month $10 GC giveaway!

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Update: Well, the week has flown by almost in an instant and its time to pick the winner! First of all, I would like to thank everyone who entered and shared their thoughts on TouchMyApps. I promise you we will do our best to implement as many of them as possible. One of the most popular cons noted were the lack of forums and I’m happy to say that we have been working on them for quite some time now. Look for the Grand Opening some time next week.

And now, the winner of ChiffaN’s birtday contest is… (drum roll):

Julie

Congratulations, Julie and look for your gift card in the mail!

For everybody else – don’t fret yet – in a week or so I’ll be announcing this month’s Comment of the Month winner and it may well be you!

For anyone, who haven’t entered – this is your chance to do so. Just leave a comprehensive comment on any of my posts and you may be the lucky owner of the next $10 iTunes Gift Card!

  • Daniel

    Well, TMA was my first iDevice site, so there’s a special place for it in my heart. It was here that I won my first contest (to what would become one of my fav. rpg games, Zenonia). But enough talkin’ ’bout the past.

    So in TMA’s style of Pros and Cons:

    Pros:

    - Great detailed reviews. In-depth explanations of game mechanics and always point out not only the good aspects of the game but it’s flaws as well.
    - Awesome sales tracker, when there are major sales such as Black Friday TMA never misses a single important title whose price dropped.
    - Tons and tons of contests. Need I say more?

    Cons:

    - I think all those headphones reviews seem a bit out of place.
    - Lacks a forum. I’m not sure whether they’d be popular or not but it’s a nice way to make the comunity grow and interact. TA forums come to mind when I think of that.

    Overall Score: Kiss it!

  • http://www.palmheroes.com Jim

    Pros: good reviews – if something sucks, you sincerely let us know about it.

    cons: instead of accessories ads, you could add a real-time discounts/price increases! I saw this on a couple of websites, and it’s very useful.

  • Gokunama

    Hope your birthday was memorable!

    I guess TMA is my most read iDevice site in regards to reviews. TA would come in second.

    The variety of editors here and their differing styles makes reading reviews a pleasure, cause one editor only would mean we’d get pretty jaded to his style.

    The reviews tell it like it is most of the time. Is the game worth it? Well since TMA isn’t afraid to say what they don’t like I feel I can trust their judgement (I’ve downloaded a couple of games and found they weren’t great, like Elven Chronicles, and later read on TMA that they also felt the game lacked a lot).

    What I feel could be improved is the other app sections. I’d like to see more on productivity, finance, and utilities.

    Forums would increase traffic and probably get more reviewers on board.

  • mrholder

    You guys have incredible contests (like this one)! I also like that you do reviews on idevice accessories and other products and not just apps.

    I really can’t think of much that you could improve on, but like some of the other comments, maybe a forum would make the site more “sticky” for people to revisit over and over.

    Another suggestion would be a “Buying Guide” landing page for headphones, idevices, and other accessories with customer ratings and links to the reviews you have done on here. I think this would be beneficial as well.

  • http://none ron

    I find you have a well rounded web site. Although I am not personally interested in the accessory reviews I do not mind their presence.I visit TMA for the well thought out, impartial game reviews. A forum would be another method for me to find opinions/reviews of games that maybe were not covered by the site (yet?). The biggest benefit of a forum is it adds updated content continually, assuming one has an active following of members. The downside is when a thread falls prey to immaturity/disrespect of others opinions. As I visit regularly, new content is great. I don’t keep track too closely but sometimes it seems the site has the same info on it for a while.
    The only other suggestion I have is to update the graphics. Too much white for my “poor eyes”.
    As is, I will still visit regularly for the game reviews.
    Thanks for all your efforts…

  • http://twitter.com/juuboo Julie

    First off, I like the nice colors (I don’t visit the actual site much since I subscribe to everything either via twitter or the RSS feed through google reader) and the organization. I have about 3 other iDevice sites and theappera and TMA are my most accessed (you guys are the most active)!

    Reviews are a big thing for each site but I honestly don’t read them very often, as I play different games or usually check out using screenshots. But since theappera is more active, I usually glimpse at their reviews through my RSS reader.. I recall usually reading their reviews and not TMA’s (it’s cause lately they’ve been super active and posting all kinds of entries).

    In terms of the website organization, I prefer appmodo and appversity because it’s just SO CLEAN and so neat to the eyes. The accessories section to my right is a bit random because I have the best seller accessories at the top then some stuff to fill beneath it and then I have the accessories section again? That seems kind of random and off.

    To end things off, the team at TMA is also very friendly and this is definitely one of my two favorite sites to keep up with all the iDevice/iTouch stuff!!! :)

  • Ray

    Even though I’m an unrepentant app addict, I finally had to give up monitoring AppSniper every few hours due to the plethora of apps that keep coming out and rely on sites like TMA to point me to the best bargains and most noteworthy apps through RSS feeds and Twitter. I’m always pleased to see something from TMA because I cn usually count on it being a good article. You guys rock!

    Echoing others who have posted, you folks present very fair and insightful reviews without a lot of fluff. You love the apps and it shows. I hope this last year has been as rewarding for you as it’s been for all your fans.

    As for improvements, I like comparative articles that contrast the strengths and weaknesses of several apps with similar functionality. There are so many alternatives now that do the same thing, it takes a long time to figure out which is the best app to purchase — and/or whether the main differences between such apps are just personal taste. So many reviews focus on the newest kid-on-the-block without mentioning that the older mature apps are still far superior. It would be great to still review the new ones, but describe their deficiencies and strengths in comparison to the established apps with similar functionality. To be sure, long standing apps that haven’t been updated in a while tend to get stale. A newer app that has an active developer is much more appealing to me (even if deficient in some areas) than one where the author may have lost interest in improvements.

    Anyway, as I said before, you guys rock! Keep up the great work.

  • http://Touchmyapps Rabanah

    Good: 1. Contests. This is what keeps me coming to this website I check it constantly for contests which when I do I see the reviews.
    2. Reviews. The reviews are well done and give you a just of what to expect.
    3. Direct response and real winners. Unlike other websites if you try at the contests you CAN actually win if you put some effort. Also I like how the people who write the articles resond back. Again unlike other websites.

    Bad: 1. Semi porn ads on the sides. Nuff said.
    2. Not enough or no gameplay videos. The reviews are good but sometimes I wanna see the game but this might be impossible for copyright laws or other stuff.
    3. I honeslty can’t think of anything so I’m gonna steal one I agree with which is the headphone reviews it’s cool to know some times but really not necessary.
    Overall it’s a great website and keep it coming.

  • Kent

    PROS: Aside from app reviews, I like that TMA also review products related to the iPhone/iTouch. But then again, we want more!

    CONS: More reviews! Always enjoyed TMA reviews but are not as plentiful as other sites such as Touch Arcade and APPera. Would be nice to have more contest and free apps.

    Happy Happy Birthday by the way :)

  • Ian

    I really like this site for their in depth reviews of not just apps but other items like accessories such as ear phones and head phones. I also really like the pro’s and con’s you write for each app followed by your unique rating system.
    What I think you could improve on is just reviewing more apps. I know there’s only so many you could do but I had to pick something to improve on.
    Thanks for your hard work.

  • http://loneplacebo.com Tony

    Definitely move the ads so that it would be less distracting when I try to look for something. What about a Facebook fanpage where fans can get exclusive opportunities for gc for being a member? I agree with Daniel numero uno. Forums would be a cool thing. Oh yea. More list oriented posts a la “best sports apps” or “best apps for learning.”

  • Phymon

    What I like about TouchApp is that you keeping posted about whats new in the world of the App Store thanks keep the good work! Sorry for my english!

  • KefkaNinja

    Pros: amazing reviews and awesome contests

    Cons: Not enough Monkeys!

  • http://ipodtouch1app.edicypages.com Clem

    Even though I’m an unrepentant app addict, I finally had to give up monitoring AppSniper every few hours due to the plethora of apps that keep coming out and rely on sites like TMA to point me to the best bargains and most noteworthy apps through RSS feeds and Twitter. I’m always pleased to see something from TMA because I cn usually count on it being a good article. You guys rock!

    Echoing others who have posted, you folks present very fair and insightful reviews without a lot of fluff. You love the apps and it shows. I hope this last year has been as rewarding for you as it’s been for all your fans.

    As for improvements, I like comparative articles that contrast the strengths and weaknesses of several apps with similar functionality. There are so many alternatives now that do the same thing, it takes a long time to figure out which is the best app to purchase — and/or whether the main differences between such apps are just personal taste. So many reviews focus on the newest kid-on-the-block without mentioning that the older mature apps are still far superior. It would be great to still review the new ones, but describe their deficiencies and strengths in comparison to the established apps with similar functionality. To be sure, long standing apps that haven’t been updated in a while tend to get stale. A newer app that has an active developer is much more appealing to me (even if deficient in some areas) than one where the author may have lost interest in improvements.

    Anyway, as I said before, you guys rock! Keep up the great work.

  • http:/www.twitter.com/ErichD ErichD

    I’d have to say that I love the large amount of content you push out here — I’m almost always guaranteed a few new articles when I browse to TMA. I also like the variety – reviews not just of games, but apps form all categories, in addition to accessories.

    I agree with some of the other comments that the design feels a little cluttered — when browsing, I manage to click the wrong “next”/”Read More” link more often than I care to admit.

    One other thing … article titles can be a bit misleading! For instance, a some games get the “Is the BEAT EVER!!!” treatment, only to find that in the review, the game or app has so many flaws that it’s a pass. I wouldn’t mind getting a clear idea of your view from the start.

    Overall, though, keep it coming!

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