Ask Engadget best app building site or service

We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from Jeroen, who wants to use an app-builder to help realize his smartphone software dreams. If you're looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

"I was wondering what online app builders you'd recommend? I only want to make a simple app for an event, but I'm wary of services like AppsBar which offer free development. What should I do? Thanks!"

Let's assume you're not a hardcore hand-code it yourself type, but do need to dip your toe into the app-building world. A lot of the more reputable app design services charge a fee to build and submit your app, which can be as small as $5 (Magmito) or as much as $120 (Shoutem) a month*. Which should you go for? Well, it's probably one of the better questions with which to test the knowledge of our Engadgeteers -- so, dear friends, if you've been down this road before, what would you recommend?

* Plenty of other services are available.

Mobile Miscellany: week of January 7th, 2013