More recommendations for app review sites Part 1

The last few posts I have been singing the praises of Spectronics as a source of information and reviews for apps catering to children as special needs. I think Spectronics is a great site with experienced contributors and detailed useful information. Its Australian bias is a bonus for me.

But there are other sites out there with slightly different perspectives. Here are some I think are interesting.

1. Title: Special Needs Apps

Address: http://www.friendshipcircle.org/apps/

friendshipcircle


First impression: Pleasant modern looking interface.

Brief description: Part of a wider organisation called Friendship Circle of Michigan, which is a non profit organization with a mission to provide every child with special needs the support friendship and inclusion that they deserve.

Qualifications of contributors: Reviews are contributed by individuals who are not necessarily identified.

Scope: 350 apps reviewed ( as at November, 2014) 300 iOS / 50 Android

Currency of information: Site is copyright 2014 but no dates on individual reviews.

Categories:

categories

Review format:

Typical summary

 

Quick summary, large icon, rating, pricing and purchase link.

tabs
Followed by a more detailed review organised under tabs as show below. The Video tab may or may not be present.

No particular format consistently applied to the description text. Comments through Disqus.

Summary:

I would like to know more about the contributors themselves before committing to this site. I am also a bit concerned about the lack of consistency in the information available. Finally, I would like to know how an app becomes promoted on this site.

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