The App Experience Series

December 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

Pretty much anywhere you look on the internet, you find all sorts of lists enumerating the top 10 iPhone Apps, Best Android Apps, etc. Sometimes they are targeted to a specific area and sometimes not, but regardless these lists are certainly chasing a moving target.  The New York Times has been at it recently, not once, but twice in the same week (with both hanging around the most emailed lists well beyond their publication date).  Even printed books of this ilk are popular fare though I suspect they are a bit stale even when hot off the press.

However, that is not to say that they don’t have value in pointing us to new applications and make us think of them in new ways, working to understand the nature of the appeal, what they do well and what they don’t.  In short, we want to take a bit of inspiration here and start “The App Experience Series.”  Sometimes we will take an app we love, sometimes one we hate, maybe even one we just want to rethink/redesign/reconceptualize and break it down in a post.

On those New York Times lists, I am particularly interested in digging into some of the productivity apps.  Expect more very soon.

§ 2 Responses to The App Experience Series

  • Sandeep says:

    It’s a curious phenomena that these “Top x” lists pop up so frequently. Every week you can find several of these, some in well-respected publications and others in various blogs. I’m wondering whether that’s driven by how we use apps on a daily basis? Do we as mobile users, have our own ‘Top 10’ apps that hang around for a few weeks on our handsets until we get bored of them? Or maybe we get around to exploring another ‘Top x’ list? Do the majority of apps therefore have a limited lifetime? This question is probably even more important for the Android market where the ecosystem is a lot more varied compared to Apple’s offerings.

  • Tom says:

    An interesting point Sandeep.

    A rather alarming statistic I read on Fast Company mentions only 20 percent of consumers utilise a free app the day after they download it. By 30 days out, less than 5 percent of consumers are still using it. I suspect pricing has a large impact on whether to download an app or not. It’d be great if your phone could track how often you’re using various apps and report back telling you which ones you should probably delete. Perhaps a topic for another post?


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