- 01-04-2013, 02:56 PM #26
I may be something of an anomaly, but I have never been on Facebook or Instagram. So I have no need for those apps and they are the ones a lot of people seem to miss.
Not a big app man, had Android for 28 months, did not buy a single app. Tried a few, not many though. The ads all over them drove me potty. I also did not trust the payment systems.
With this phone I have bought numerous games, all ones with achievements so far just about. Also bought the WPC app, love it. As for lack of apps, genuinely not noticed.
01-04-2013, 05:45 PM #27
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Let's not forget the following. For example, Nokia included in its smartphone/mobile a feature called VoiceHD. Here in the UK is for example supported by 3 Networks and others. Well, since I got an e72 and afterwards the N8 I could call and communicate with HD voice. This feature (similar one) had been only recently introduced by Apple, on iPhone5. So, Nokia had used this feature for years and Apple only now. Think about it, first of all you buy a phone because it is a phone and something like VoiceHD is not included in such a high end Apple product? And they call Apple an innovator? WIth Android you have tons of apps, fine. But hey there are tons of apps for Windows Phones as well. I think getting a Nokia is also a great choice. Offline navigational maps (worldwide) and many other exclusive apps, IP of Nokia.
So I'm definitely not concerned about the WP8 app count, and we can keep counting as the number is increasing steadily. I can tell you I have more than all the apps I need. Most of the times, instead of having a choice of 10 I have 2 or 3. And usually are the best ones, so I don't bother. Many times you can also get around the non having an app.
Again, there are sooo many apps! I'm not concerned at all. What I'm concerned is how monopolistic has google become against microsoft! Bad moves that show the real face of Google.
- 01-04-2013, 05:53 PM #28
Quality vs quantity. There are a handful of apps I'd still like to see make the switch to Windows Phone from either iOS or Android. But I think we should focus whether or not the apps we do share with them are on par or better.
- 01-04-2013, 11:45 PM #35
It would be fine to only have 500 apps, if they were the 500 apps that people actually wanted.
When the iPhone store really took off and people were downloading apps like crazy, a report was given that the average lifespan of an iPhone app was around 12 minutes.
So, who cares if there are 52030498230 apps available if you only use 6?
The big issue is whether the apps that you want are available or not.
- 01-05-2013, 12:28 AM #37
It only bothered my a little when I bought my HD7. At the time there were under 50,000 apps in the marketplace. (that's what they used to call the store) Now, it only bothers me when I read Verge reviews of WP8 devices. I went with WP in the first place because of out of the box functionality I wanted. It never was and still isn't about apps for me.
01-05-2013, 01:31 AM #39
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Count me in! Personally, I'm not concerned by the WP8 app count at all.
one of the reasons might be my tendency to be flexible enough to not wish for EXACTLY THE SAME experience when switching the OS. Like, App "abc" not there? Hey, use "def". not the same experience? So what? 1st world problem ...
01-05-2013, 01:46 AM #41
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Im new to windows phone and the first thing you notice going into the app market is a big lack of first party apps on the first scroll as i would call it. On the iphone you can scroll 3 or 4 times before hitting the unknowns. Android is usually the second scroll and wp you don't even have to scroll most of the time. It isn't the number off apps particularly, if we had 150,000 quality's apps and nothing else it would be overkill and we would be better than ios or android. You need enough to satisfy a spectrum of people, that's why you need more than we have even if its not 300,000 or 600,000.
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01-05-2013, 04:22 AM #42
- 114 Posts
App Count = 98% kiddie noob apps + 2% significant good qualtiy apps
if there are just those 2% accessable I am completly fulfilled.
So I don't and never did care about count of apps.
Just search for facebook, flashligght or soundboard etc and you will find 70+ apps.
- 01-05-2013, 08:50 AM #43
- 01-05-2013, 10:50 AM #46
Same discussions went on over at the WebOS board. There are many out there that use the app count as a reason to choose an OS. My nieghbor was one of them. Every week she'd be showing me some new app she downloaded. "It is sooo cool." After a few months I pointed out to her there is no way she could be using all these apps she found; there weren't enough hours in the day. Not sure she understood. Anyways, there will always be a few out there that like a large app count. However, I think the majority aren't looking at the numbers.
- 01-05-2013, 11:35 AM #48
I personally think it a pathetic argument for someone to chose android/iPhone purely because of how many apps there are in their stores. Most of them a **** quality anyways that crash and /or freeze your phone, and what with androids track record for maleware and hacking . . . .
Besides which Marketplace for Microsoft is getting more and more apps by the day. It already has something like 60,000, I bet android didn't have as many at 2 year old. And also the apps on marketplace generally are of a higher quality. Besides all that i don't know of any app on any app store that can genuinely make of break a phone. A lot of them are useless.
- 01-05-2013, 11:43 AM #49
Remember a time when there were no apps at all? There were games and that's about it. The Apple came kicking a huge storm of this alien idea of "Apps". Cut to today. I have a FLAGSHIP Motorola DROID RAZR. I use abuot 4 apps in total that can be counted on finger tips.
1. Currency Converter
And iReader for books sometimes. That's about it. Like the OP very very rightly said "I just want the phone to make my life easier, not take over my life." That is precisely my point of view.
- 01-05-2013, 12:40 PM #50
Even if you don't want apps, you still want them in your ecosystem for one simple reason: Other people want to have these apps.
Now, why would you care about people you have never met, hipsters who you couldn't care less about? You simply don't. But you care about your system, about your OS, about services and features and updates. And all of this will be better and come faster, if more people buy into the system.
Do I need a Facebook app with all the features and functions? No I don't, I'm not on Facebook. Do I need a Pandora app? I don't even know what it is doing. Do I need Instagram? I find this 'make your picture worse and share them with people who don't really care'-thing the most stupid idea ever. But do I want these apps on Windows Phone? Yes, I do so very much, for the above reason.
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