I was thinking that there isn't an exact thread with this concept in mind in this subsection, so I'd start one. Plus I figured it might be cool to see how everyone's general impressions of the show evolve as more episodes air. I can go first if you insist.
I am so far loving the show overall. It has only been 4 episodes and there's a significant bias since I (obviously) love Digimon, but I think the show has some really cool elements that I'll hit on momentarily. I primarily am getting the impression that it's a better version of Hunters because, as is, a lot of the concepts are working way better here than they did for Tagiru et al. The AR field is very similar to the DigiQuartz and, to be honest, I didn't even know that the DigiQuartz was a mimic of the real world until halfway through the show. AR field, I can tell right away. That might be my own misgiving but I think it's still worth noting. Both shows are all about collecting new Digimon, but I do like Appmon better in that the Appmon are being cured of a virus when defeated as opposed to being captured solely for pleasure. Haru is more organic of a person overall and, though I hate his hair, I think his constant underlying battle of "do I fight and be a main character or do I sit on the sidelines cause that's what I'm good at?" is more realistic than Tagiru's consistent go-get-em attitude. I think Haru and Gatchmon's relationship has more disagreements than we've seen before and I think that's really cool. Again, more organic.
I think the Appmon chip concept is dope. Good marketing on their part cause I want more of the chips haha. The actual concept for smartphone apps poses a lot of questions to me though that I'd like to see answered. If any app developer can create an app, does an Appmon automatically come with it? In that case, do they have parents? Who gave Haru the Appli DRIVE, and will we ever meet said person? Part of what I liked best about Hunters was the role that the Old Clock Shop Man played and I'm wondering if we're going to see something like that again since there are so many similarities between the two shows.