Apr 01 AT 1:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 90 Comments

Contest: Review an app, win a superphone

Update: See the week 1 recap for additional details and tips on getting your review published.

Did you know this site gets over one million visits per month? With all that traffic comes a ton of requests for Android app reviews and there is no way for us to keep up. You might have noticed we added several contributors to help out (and they are doing a great job), but the time has come to hire two senior editors for reviews.

Clark is currently working on coding our new site and he is building a huge bucket. We need more content to fill that bucket up and Android app reviews will play an enhanced role after the redesign.

We could have put up a generic call-for-help type of post, but in traditional site fashion we are turning this into a contest with prizes. Starting today, we will begin an open tryout that will last all month.

The Positions

We are looking for two editors who will be solely responsible for reviewing apps. One will focus on applications while the other is in charge of games. Each position will be part time and come with a contract for a monthly rate.

Requirements for the job include:

  • An Android phone (any will do really, but something with Android 1.6 or greater preferred)
  • The ability to capture screens from your phone (it is not that hard)
  • The ability to author a WordPress post (we can teach you)
  • 10-15 spare hours each month

Responsibilities include:

  • Author five original reviews per month (minimum goal)
  • Edit and publish reviews that other contributors submit
  • Managing the new application and game hubs

The Review Format

Our goal is to keep the reviews short and compact. You can review anything you would like, but if you need some suggestions check out my Top 3 sites for discovering Android apps and games.

Each review should contain the following:

  • Body of the review: 200-300 words – more is acceptable when needed.
  • Final verdict: Quick 1-2 sentence summary of the entire review. We are not using a points system to rate apps at this time. Is it worth the price? Should I maybe try it out? Or just avoid it all together?
  • “Pros” and “needs improvement” lists (name will change): Short bullet list of the positive and negative points about the app. If there are no negative points, you can also substitute suggestions for improvements or additions you would like to see.
  • Special notes: Does the app require a certain version of Android?
  • Phone and version used: Please tell us the version of the app and on which phone it was reviewed.
  • Gallery: 3-5 screenshots

Optional content for reviews:

  • What is next?: Do some research and find out what updates are in store for the app or game. Many Android apps are constantly changing with new features and improvements being added.
  • Video: Search YouTube and find a video of the app. Many devs record their own demos and upload them for promotional purposes.

The Rules

The contest (aka public tryout) will run for the entire month of April. At the end of the month we will select the two people who submitted the best reviews. Multiple submissions are encouraged. Entries will be judged on the overall quality of the reviews and the responses generated from our readers.

  • Contest runs from April 1-30. Winners will be selected at the beginning of May.
  • Open to previous and current contributors along with anyone else who wants to apply.
  • Looking for reviewers in the United States since many new Android apps are U.S. only, but we will accept entries from any country.
  • Not all reviews will be published. If you do not meet the requirements, we will reject your review and explain why.
  • Each review that is published on the site will gain you entry into the contest. Users can submit multiple reviews during the contest period.
  • I have no problem with users reposting their reviews on their own personal blog, but please respect a 48 hr exclusive for our site.

All rules are subject to change. If I left something off or need to clarify an issue, the rules will be updated.

How to Enter

We have switched from email submissions to a hosted form in order to speed up the process.

Online review submission form

The Prizes

Each winner gets to choose any Android smartphone they want that is available on a U.S. carrier. If the user is from another country they must find an online vendor we can purchase the phone from or be able to accept PayPal. Keep in mind the contest does not end till the end of April so the phone purchases will be made in May. Hopefully, several new phones should be available by that time. If there is no phone the winner wants at the time, they can opt to wait or accept a $500 cash prize.

Each winner will receive:

  • Android phone of their choice
  • Invitation for a paid position with A&M

Help us review the reviewers

Check out the tag reviewcontest to follow all the entries that are submitted. Let us know which ones you like by leaving your input on the review pages.


I wanted to get this started today, so I might have left off some details in my rush to post this. If something needs to be clarified, please leave a comment and I will do my best to address it.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    Hell I may take this one on.

    Best of luck to all who enter!

  • http://Website Gabriel

    I’m from Brazil , can i join ?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I did not want to exclude users from other countries, but many of the latest apps (esp the paid ones) are only available in the U.S. We need someone who can keep up with all the newest releases.

      • http://Website jjss

        But there is Market Enabler so anybody could get any US only apps if they really want.

  • http://www.droidgamers.com ExtremeT

    Hell yeah. I’m in. Best of luck to everyone else as well!

  • http://Website Tim

    Please make one of the requirements the QR code!

    • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

      Some people don’t know how useful that little guy actually is. Especially when the market’s search function is as wonky as it can be.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yes we insert QR codes by default on all our reviews. I did not mention that because it is built into the site now.

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

    Can current staff members enter? I could use a new super-phone. ;)

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

      Wow, either I didn’t really read the rules or they changed.

  • http://Website maxisma

    Germany get’s all the apps which are available in the U.S. too.
    And if not, there’s MarketEnabler.
    So, can I participate?

  • http://www.youtube.com/ihackyourtech Byron W.

    Can a video review be included in the article?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yes if you really want to do a video and it is high quality, then we will include it.

      However, keep in mind we are looking for someone to write reviews. I don’t want videos to be a requirement at this time.

  • JeffersonFreely

    Damn, now I really really wish I had an android phone now…

    • http://Website gad

      What! you mean you don’t an android phone? That is serious,what planet are you on?

      • JeffersonFreely

        Unfortunately, I just don’t have the money to pay for a data plan at the moment. Hopefully I will find a new job and will be able to get one.

  • http://WeRAndroid.com DroidHead

    Can I join this search I NEED a new Android phone and I can review apps all day long :)

    Can anyone join this… Old, New, already staff of AAM?

  • http://Website The Phone Guru

    As soon as Verizon releases either the Nexus or Incredible i am definitely in! Good luck to everyone.

  • http://Website FatScooter

    Yep, and this doesn’t look like an April Fools joke at all. Even if it isn’t, What about the unfortunates like myself who don’t have an Android phone, don’t know anyone who has one/would be willing to lend it, or has other complications. I think that the people who really deserve to win a contest for an Android Phone are the people who don’t actually have one … Just my thoughts.

  • http://Website Shane

    I’m in love the idea. Unfortunately, I have a Hero so I am severely crippled by 1.5

  • http://Website Jadrian

    Oh I am so in. Just switched from an iPhone to Droid so my perspective is still pretty fresh.

  • http://Website DJ

    Kinda bummed. I would love to do this, but I am on AT&T and I am NOT about to spend any money on a Backflip… Actually I’m really bummed… Oh well… Maybe I’ll switch to Verizon before the end of the month…

  • http://androart.net IrealiTY

    Can german authors participate too?

  • http://Website Khuram

    i installed the android sdk but cannot open it. a black screen comes out to type a command. what do i need to do have it running good and ready. i installed the android sdk with java 6 upadate 19, eclipse galileo, and still nothing. im running vista 32bit. please help.

  • http://Website Matt

    I would love to do this… Hopefully they unveil (and ship) the Verizon N1 I’ve been waiting for before it’s too late.

    I’m currently a BlackBerry user and can’t wait to get an Android device. I love playing around with new tech and apps, and enjoy writing. Plus I have the extra ~15 hours per day.

    Even if I don’t get one of the 2 jobs (my chances are slim, seeing as I don’t even have a phone yet), I look forward to A&M having a lot more app reviews. That’s one of my favorite things about this and other similar sites.

    • http://Website Matt

      I meant ~15 hours per month. Unfortunately I don’t have an extra 15 hours per day! Anyway, good luck to everyone else!

  • http://unkzdomain.com Unk

    So what happens if you write a review and another person writes a review of the same app and both you and the other person submit their review?

    Will you only publish one of them and have only that review count for the contest, or will you publish more than one review of the same app?

  • http://Website Danny

    Is stock android required, or is it ok that I’m using Cyanogenmod with a few extra customizations?

  • http://Website L. Jacob Siebert

    I was thinking about asking to do this anyway, for free, so some sort of paid position would be great. Can we do comparative reviews in one post, where we review multiple apps in a similar category (like twitter apps, home replacements, music players, etc.), and compare and contrast features, interface etc.?

    Or would it be better to review each app in a category separately, and then write a follow up article comparing them?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Comparative reviews are great, but for this contest we are looking for single app reviews.

  • http://Website Hans

    Wow,this is really cool. I might think of joining this. :)

  • http://Website maxisma

    Submitted my review.

  • http://Website J. Mc

    Does the contracted monthly rate include a stipend for App purchase, or is that going to be a seperate expense line item?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yes, I will reimburse you for all app purchases that you review.

  • http://Website Mark

    Can non-market apps be reviewed? I might be interested in submitting a review of “SEVEN” email software. It’s a great program which allows push email to Android phones.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      We would prefer Market apps that everyone has easy access to, but we can make exceptions for really great apps. Maybe you can find out why it is not listed in the Market.

      • http://tinyurl.com/jacksqr Jack

        I just wrote a review of Swype when I saw this…Swype isn’t in the market because it’s a beta. Is this okay?
        Also, is there an age limit?

  • http://Website M. G.

    just to make sure, how old do you have to be to enter this contest?

  • http://Website Sined

    Damn, no love for America’s Hat? We have paid apps in Canada too!

  • http://Website coggy9

    I work on porting apps to Android 1.5(since my CLIQ is being used by my dad,and he wants some new apps),Would it be ok if I included a ported version of the app it it doesn’t support Android 1.5 in my reviews?

  • http://Website Max

    i would love to take this job i would decline the prize just for the job thats the American dream doing something you love for a living and thats what i want to do. so if i get picked email me and i can decline the prize

  • http://flavors.me/sal_the_tiller Sal_The_Tiller

    Hey, two things;
    Is there an age limit? I’m 17-going-on-18, and can be legally employed in my state, but I just wanna check.

    What formats do you want? E.g., can pictures be placed in-line in the article, can I submit a PDF file for the document, etc.?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      As long as you can legally work in your state then you are ok. Reviews can be submitted in email form for this contest. In-line images can be used where needed, but we are working on a new gallery code and that is why we chose to keep using galleries.

      • http://Website M. G.

        i’m going to be 16, I can only legally work with working papers, so what would happen.

      • http://flavors.me/sal_the_tiller Sal_The_Tiller

        Alright, thanks.

  • http://Website svet

    what are the apps on the picture? i can recognize just some :)

    • http://unkzdomain.com Unk

      Haha yeah, I’m really wondering what the yellow speech bubble with the squiggles is…

      • http://n/a Brian H

        I too found myself wondering about that icon. I’ve never seen the yellow speech bubble icon before. i’d love to know what app it’s for–anyone care to share?

        I might have to jump into the fray, myself. Best of luck to everyone, and thanks to Mr. Wimberly for presenting this opportunity to all of us!

      • http://Website Chris

        I’m curious too! What app is that yellow icon for?

      • http://Website abc123

        yea I was also wondering what app that was

  • http://Website rtimi

    I don’t have an android phone but would like to join how can we get this to work.

  • http://Website steve

    can u open a linked page so we can instantly see all entries?

  • http://Website DgDeBx

    What should I include in the bio?

  • http://Website Bill S

    So we can pick any app of our choosing? Can I assume that the winners could perform the jobs remotely?

  • http://www.uhanrodric.moonfruit.com uhanrodric

    April Fools? Haha. Wierd. I saw this and I was waiting for the…HAHA…you’re all a bunch of suckers.

    If this is indeed not an April Fools joke, I too will brush off the writing skills and get cracking at an APP review.

  • http://Website James

    Submitted my first review. Hope it’s up to scratch! :)

  • http://Website ben

    if our review is rejected will you email us telling us why ?

  • Jonathan Johnson

    Okay, Great, count me in, but my only question is do the apps have to be paid ones/new ones, before I just up and review every app I have in my phone. lol. Cuz I will.

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  • http://Website Thomas

    Just to confirm, since you word the prize as an “invitation” to a paid position with A&M – can the winner take the phone but not the job? And a second-place winner could then be approached for the job?

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  • JeffersonFreely

    To which ever lucky bastard it is that wins, you suck :P You already have an Android phone and have the option of getting an even better one while I still don’t have one.

  • http://Website Sined

    Does having your review posted the have any repercussions on your chances of winning?

    What does it mean if your review isn’t up on the site yet?

  • Gyandeep Kaushal

    Yeah, I had sent my review via a Gmail email account (my Username matches my name) some days ago but then it has not been published yet. Neither I have got any email back from A&M regarding disapproval of my review, nor it has been published.

    My question is what is the thing behind? And how many days it would take for reviewing an article generally?

  • http://Website Joshua Santiago

    I have Android running on a Windows Mobile phone. It’s 1.6 so technically I can enter right? I can’t afford a newer phone. D: That’s why I want to win this contest.

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  • http://www.theitlounge.org Andrew Lataille

    What if we lack an android phone. Would a Virtual android environment surfice or is the requirement of an actual phone necessary?

  • adomanico01

    I’m sure they hope the people who are entering the contest actually want the contracted position and aren’t just doing it to win the phone. The position is the whole point of the contest.

  • http://Website mauriceh

    Apparently to capture screen shots one needs to run a PC with Windows Vista X64!
    Somehow the idea of running an M$ OS so as to be able to write reviews about Android ( Linux and Java) Apps makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That was just one example used for the guide. The Android SDK runs on linux, windows, or mac os.


    • http://Website Nate

      Nope. Not true. Although it is difficult, it is very possible to do screenshots on a map. Just follow the directions. It works, I’ve done it.

  • bdveteran18

    Is there a list of apps that have already been done so we aren’t making recurring reviews?

  • http://Website Ansar Ali Javed

    this phone is very nice and smart so gud phon i like it

  • http://www.shapariya.com droidism

    are the expenses reimbursed for the paid apps? (as an editor and reviewer after the contest)

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yes, we will credit the editors for all paid apps.

    • Alan Reboli

      Sweet! My wife and I were just discussing this point. Awesome!

  • http://Website adryan

    will all who submit a review be posted on the android and me site or do u guys filter them and pick and choose?

  • http://Website Peter Tagtmeyer

    Would you be interested in reviews that compare applications in a given class, i.e. tip calculators, police radio scanners, media players, personal accounting applications, etc.?

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      I could be making a completely wrong assumption here, but I believe for the contest itself they want single app reviews, but once the winner is hired as an editor they would be okay with comparative reviews. I think they would have to be as many of the major services people use (twitter, facebook, travel, etc.) have multiple apps that do similar things in a slightly different way, and the consumer would want the advantages and disadvantages of each app in context rather than in isolation.

  • http://dr3amcast3r.wordpress.com/ Francisco Ribeiro

    Is it possible to enter the contest without a rooted phone? I would like to try but my htc Magic is on 1.6 CR92 and I think I can’t root it :(
    Even so, great initiative :) Best of luck for all.

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  • http://Website BrenUK


    Wish I’d known about this earlier!


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