Originally Posted by anonymouse
No, the answer is that the App store categories are ridiculously overcrowded and insufficient. That "Top" lists aren't really that useful, and the search doesn't really work that well. Sorry to disappoint you by not trotting out examples for you on your demand. They really aren't necessary, the problems with the store are pretty obvious.
What makes you think that the App store is any different than the Library of Congress or the National Library of Medicine? Two of the largest libraries in the world and like any library, book store, movie/music catalog or TV guide, I defy anybody to tell me what is the best book, movie, record or tv program.
Certainly, I wouldn't rely on a single source to guide me as I wouldn't do in purchasing Apps. I have half a dozen review sites bookmarked, but in many cases, some of my best leads have come from a colleague, friend, business associate or another iPhone/iPad developer.
In addition, I even take some advice from a few posters here. Unfortunately, most of the commentators don't even have an iPhone or iPad, won't pay for anything over a buck and voice opinions on something they haven't seen let alone touched.
There is only one way that anybody can ascertain how good or bad an App is and that is to try it.
Some may distain the fart app, but who is god that can tell half the grade school 'boys' that it is crap? Right now my most used Apps are the TomTom/Car Kit and Dragon Dictation. One cost me nearly $200 and the other is free. But I wouldn't leave the house without them or having Flashlight installed. You may snicker, but as I told my wife and our nieces it is good for finding a keyhole in the dark but you never know when you might need to send a distress signal whether on campus, home or abroad.
Like many, I have a few hundred Apps I draw from. There a some I will never install again. But I don't begrudge anybody who would.
As the adage goes, the more choices one has the harder it make a decision. The App store may be crowded and some may be totally useless in everybody's mind. However, it is a far cry from the millions of absurd applications that have been developed for the PC.