Half a million apps!
Yeah…but… me the iphone owner says… how many apps are really good ones and how many are crappy ones or just another means of advertising that pale over time and then become an unused icon on a page.
On my phone the number one app I use is AuthAnvil, a two factor authentication app. After that it’s Messages, Photos, the Camera, Gas Cubby for keeping track of gas mileage, maps (and it’s amazing how many times we end up using the best of two out of three phones or gps units as they tend to not agree on locations and directions, but I digress). Then, okay so I have the Kindle app on there but I really have to be bored to use it as the iphone is too small to read from. Even Elena Kagan reads court briefs on her Kindle (see http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/12/justice-elena-kagan-kindle-over-ipad-and-other-supreme-court-insights.html) but I bet she’s not doing it on her iPhone but on the actual Kindle.
Then there’s Logmein on my iPhone, better known as iAmReallyDesperateAndMustNotHaveMyLaptopWithMe as it’s really painful to use for remote access. Scroll, scroll scroll finger expand finger expand… etc.etc….
Maybe Tweetdeck, but only for reading tweets, not posting them. Sigalert … better known as.. the web page that reminds me why you don’t want to live in Los Angeles… is a web page, not an app.
When I’m traveling AroundMe is helpful to know what is around me…but when I’m at home I already know what is around me so I don’t use it around me.
If I was more into ebay (I’m not) I’d find the ebay app to be of use. My sister uses it and is one of those annoying people that swoops in at the end of the bidding.
So for all of those 400,000 apps on the iphone download page, there’s about 395,000 that really aren’t very good. Of the 5,000 apps that are left, the vast majority of them are games.
So really.. in the ecosystem of applications that are in a smart phone inventory… honestly? Is even 1% of those apps ones that you use on a long term regular basis at all times? Or are the vast majority of them marketing and advertising related that end up on you iPhone for a rainy day that you get bored?
Sure there’s 400,000 apps.. but is the ecosystem of apps filled with really GOOD apps or just a lot of marketing and ‘let’s build an app and get rich quick’ kind of apps?
Can you name me 10 apps that you use DAILY? A screenful that you do daily? And are the rest only there for rare use?
Is that ecosystem of 400,000 apps a really healthy one of GOOD solidly developed applications? Sometimes I wonder.