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Most people think of apps as being "free," or in the one- to two-dollar range. And there are certainly a lot of really useful free to low-cost apps to be had.
Then there are the apps that make you really think twice about the purchase because they better be useful if you are going to plunk down more than $5 and much higher. This app round up covers a category of apps that aren't exactly life altering but can be very enjoyable to use and enhance your special interest experience which make them worthy of spending some very real money.
My personal favorite is The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America. I friend gave me the paperback book as a gift several years ago and it is outstanding. The app is very robust. A couple of the features that I like are the recordings of bird sounds and the ability to compare two images side-by-side. This app is well worth $19.99. I figured since there was an app for birding (there are many), that there must be apps for just about any enthusiast endeavor.
The following is a collection of apps that I have researched that are specific to wine, cars, watches, first edition books and art. If you are a wine enthusiast or even just starting — then you really need the app from the authority on the subject — Wine Enthusiast magazine. At $3.99 and over one thousand wines being added each month — this is a bargain. I've got this one too.
If you want to sit back and check out the treasures up for auction at Christie's or Sotheby's — indeed they both have an iPad app for that. And how about this — those are free! The car enthusiast app I choose has been reviewed by Car & Driver, Road & Track, Grassroots Motorsports, and The New York Times.
I never thought I'd have over $100 of apps on my phone. And actually if I really added up all of the money I've spent on apps — well it's better that I don't.
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These iOS and Android enthusiast apps cost real money. If you are a lover of cars, birds, wine, first edition books, or fine art there's an app here for you.