A general poll about cell phone apps
Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:07 PM
Whether it be from the Apple iTunes store or Android market there are countless mobile phone apps out there. Some written by major companies and some written by kids in their mother's basements. Some are free and some you have to pay for.
My question is: Do you really use a lot of apps on your iPhone/Android? Do you actually download an app and find you cant live without it, or do you download an app and check it out for a few hours to see what it does and than almost never check it out again?
Naturally there are some apps that just make sense for quick glance convenience(weather, sports scores, email, maybe twitter feed), but do people really use their phones for some of the other apps out there? Can people not maintain good personal health without their mobile phone heart monitor? Are buildings not plumb because people don't have their mobile phone level? Are more people quitting cigarettes thanks to their cell phone? Since smart phones have nice web browsers, are people actually using apps that just offer a different view and navigation of the website - or are they just opening up their phone's browser to the original site?
I'm being vague for a reason. A lot of my job responsibilities is dealing with mobile applications(both for public and private use) and I find myself arguing on the side of "are people really going to use that?". I'm starting to convince myself that mobile phone apps are really just short run gimmicks.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:07 PM
Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:33 PM
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:43 PM
but there's also a lot of very productive and perfectly useful apps floating around.
they're just a little harder to find and usually not free.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:46 PM
I only use the stop watch app.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:57 PM
@Vanz: Who needs an app to locate strip clubs when you have Amy?
Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:01 PM
Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:32 AM
- The only games i have are GTA III and Angry birds.
- I have a Netbanking App (WHich is very easy to use and secure)
- I have the Facebook app but the SGS2's browser is faster anyway, i only use the app so i can upload photos after i take them (It comes up as one of the upload options)
- I Use Navigation
- A ringtone finder.
-Album Art downloader (Since some art doesn't sync properly because of androids sh*tty desktop integration)
Those are the only apps i use, websites that prompt for the app i sometimes download only so the prompt goes away (Like my tv guide) and i can continue viewing on the browser.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:42 AM
I half want to say games don't really count as apps though.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:46 AM
Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:07 AM
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:31 AM
I seldom download apps because I am a cynic and think they're all out to get ma deets.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:35 AM
|QUOTE (Jay @ Sunday, May 6 2012, 00:31)|
|Apps have their function, I just don't agree with apps that are shoehorned onto you to essentially view a specific web page. The phone has a web browser, and websites have mobile versions, don't make an app to view your website in a different way.|
CBC News has its own app and the only reason I downloaded it is that the mobile version you get if you go to their actual webpage is garbage, whereas the app is much easier to navigate. That was my justification for getting it, not to mention it was free.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:48 AM
I tend to get Universal versions when they exist, though, so I use 'em like crazy on my iPad.
My current go-to iPhone apps:
- iFitness (discontinued)
- Silvertune (instrument tuner)
...and then tons of games. But in those listed apps, I actually use them quite often. Of course, the main functions I rely on the most are the calendar, maps, mail and safari built in apps.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:56 PM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:01 AM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:07 AM
For the most part I use Pandora and a few game apps. I also use the Cracked reader, and Chant but that's about it. I have an eBook reader to use on the toilet, but it's buggy as hell.
|Has anyone used the dolphin browser? Its pretty good because I can surf the internet as a desktop instead of mobile websites|
I use Dolphin. I think I use it more for the gesture controls though, not that browsing the web on my phone is desirable or all that useful.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:31 AM
I currently have:
The Guardian Online
Google Currents (though I haven't really used this one)
SketchbookX (not that I can draw anything remotely good)
TVGuide (comes in handy from time to time)
Celtx (Screenwriting software: I'm a screenwriting student-Handy for taking my screenplays around with me)
Sky Sports Football Centre (Only helpful on weekends really)
AndroIRC (Just downloaded in case I wanted to go on IRC on my tablet which to be honest I doubt I ever will. But it's there at least)
Piano Perfect (Piano app, just a small timewaster)
Google Translate (Y'know...just in case I go to another country)
I also Shazam on my phone which I think is a brilliant app.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:42 AM
|QUOTE (Pandazoot @ Tuesday, May 8 2012, 06:31)|
|I recently bought an Android tablet so I've been on the lookout for some really good apps to download to get the best out of it.|
I've got a Zoom, and love it. Pinball ,SimCity, TheSims, GTAIII, tons of useful sh*t, app wise.
Not to bitch but I was looking for the feelings towards cell phone apps. Honestly, I use these types of responses/feelings to combat some of my big bosses who ask me to do stupid things that equal nothing more than me wasting time that can be used on something I know that has production value(mobile or not).
Like I stated before - thanks for the responses. Very helpful.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:54 AM
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:17 AM
I use it on my Mac, though, not sure if it's available for iPhone, should probably look it up.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:12 PM
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:39 PM
In terms of telling your bosses that an app isn't worth making because it's a gimmick or has no use, well it's kind of a moot point as all they're after is something that'll bring in the bucks. People constantly want and companies constantly supply, it's win-win. I think a fair amount of people are after something that'll pass the time while they're on the train or to cure the tedious boredom of pooping, they want a five minute wonder.
Personally, I like apps. I think they're a brilliant way for people to get creative at a somewhat basic level whilst being rewarded for it. Whether they make a simple spirit-level or whether they create the next social network uprising, it's all good.
I use an app that monitors my sleep and will wake me up if it thinks I'm about to go sleep-walking. Due to my adventurous shenanigans whilst in zombie mode this app is incredibly useful. Fair enough, it gets it wrong sometimes and just wakes me up but those moments are far outweighed by the times it has woken me up as I'm putting on my clothes.
TL;DR: Useful apps are good. Duh.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:38 PM
• Doodle Jump
• Paper Toss
• Dictionary.com app
• Wikipedia app
• IMDB app
• "Mafia"..random sounboard with quotes from famous mob movies.
I mainly use it for music, so not many apps, I used to have the twitter app but it was pissing me off so I deleted it.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 11:41 PM
None of them are life changing, but they are all useful. (Get the Instant Buttons app for Android. Best Soundboard Ever.)
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