The underlying theme in all app pricing advice I've seen is that if you're not in the top 100, the actual price of your app matters very little. That is completely borne out here, with price increases resulting in more revenue and about the same rate of units sold.
Thanks for reading. It is true that the diary space is crowded - and the lock-in on a diary app is pretty strong once people pick one. Getting reviews is of course a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem: reviews help get users, but you can't get reviews without users in the first place. I've got a link in the app for the review page, but I thought an interruptive pop-up box wouldn't be appropriate for a personal diary.
I've worked hard on distinctive and powerful features for the latest releases, but I have a nagging suspicion that my big boost in sales recently was from rearranging the screenshots on the app page to highlight the "Jane Austen" handwriting font.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how the "lite" iPhone and Universal versions work out - but I have to find some time to build them first.
That said, I can hardly imagine using a font like that, personally. It's fairly strongly illegible.
Original submission: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2845158
For our app (Paprika Recipe Manager - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paprika-recipe-manager/id3924...), iPad sales are 4-5x the iPhone sales. Based on the type of app this makes a lot of sense: cooks want to use an iPad in the kitchen, an iPhone screen is too small.
But then I know there are a lot of other apps where the numbers are completely reversed.
The other thing I'd be interested in seeing is if someone did a study on the buying habits of iPad vs. iPhone (heck, lets generalize and say tablet vs. smartphone) application buyers. I have a feeling we'd see more apps being purchased in the smartphone arena as people buy-try-dump apps on the go, whereas there'd be a more stable market in the tablet space where people research which apps to buy because they use the tablet for longer durations.
I just need to find some time to actually build these versions!
I know there are indie devs out there doing well on the app store but statistically speaking I'm not sure it's a smart investment of time compared to other options. Prices are too low and there's just too much competition.
Have to say I feel much better with the hits from HN than AdWords.