Pizzey & Knight Digital Edition review

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Subject: Pizzey & Knight Digital Edition review
From: David Adams <>
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:18:38 +1100
The reporting features are also of zero value to me. The usual price range
for a full birding field guide app is roughly $30-40. Some of these are
just plates and calls, some are as good as the two available Aussie apps.
$70 is steep, compared with other products of comparable scope and quality.

With that said, the price is up to the creator to set and for us to buy or
not buy. When the original South African app went on sale, it was $70 for
iPhone/iPod and another $70 for iPad. Now it's $60 for both.

On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM, John Leonard <>wrote:

> I think it's a pretty good product. I will be using it to do homework at
> home, trying to improve my knowledge of bird calls and songs. I will also
> use it in the field, to check whether what I am hearing is what I think it
> is.
> Having said that I think it was a mistake to bundle it up with a full scale
> database/reporting type apparatus. I won't be using this, pen and notebook
> is so much less of fiddle, and you can enter observations into whatever
> databases you use when you get home. These will have more functionality
> that something on an iPhone.
> No-one is going to start using the reporting bits of this app because
> either they're a luddite like me and use a notebook, or they're not a
> luddite, and already have their own system which they won't want to switch
> out of.
> The database bits have inflated the price of the app to a fairly high
> level. I would have thought that an identification/calls apps should have
> been able to have been made and sold for around $20, which would have
> attracted a larger number of buyers amongst casual birdwatchers. At $70 it
> will be confined to dedicated birdos and as such will have much lower
> sales.
> And therefore it won't do much to proselytise for the cause of birds.
> Just my thoughts.
> John Leonard
> On 23 November 2013 07:42, Shirley Cook <>
> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> > Just to add to the debate.  I confess to "lazy thinking" when it comes to
> > the botanical aspects of birding.  I have for decades enjoyed the company
> > of a botanist who is the fount of knowledge when it comes to tree/plant
> ID.
> >  I should have learned by now, but when I have a "walking encyclopaedia
> > botanica" there, only a few of the most common plant species names have
> > sunk in.
> >
> > Shirley Cook

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