In restaurants, airports, and public transportation I often hear debates over iPhone versus Droid. These are discussions between owners of these devices, and often times with potential owners trying to decide which phone to invest in next. By the way, I use the term “invest” very specifically, because these devices require more than writing a check. They require an ergonomic lifestyle change, which for many users comes at the price of weeks or months of “friend-making” with their new phone.
One of the topics that comes up in most of these conversations has to do with the number of applications ( “Apps” ) that are available for the phone.
The point of this chart, and the text in the associated article, is that the number of apps available for the Android is quickly catching up to the number of apps available for the iPhone. This is nice to know, I suppose.
What’s the Big Deal with the Number of Apps?
My reaction to this is, “Big whoop!” If you believe the chart (which we have no real reason to question), we’re talking about 300,000 apps, essentially, for either device. Three hundred thousand apps! Would it really matter to me if one of the devices had ten more than the other? How about 100… or 10,000… or even 50,000 more? How many pinball or Shakespeare quote apps do I need to carry around?
In terms of quantity of apps available for the iPhone, the Droid, or the Blackberry, or whatever… we’re in pretty good shape, people.
The Better Question is, “What Kind of Apps?”
Instead of all these articles about the number of apps available for mobile phones I’d rather see some sort of categorization of applications. That is, of the 300,000 apps available for the Droid, how many are business related? How many are personal health related? How many are financially related?… and so on.
Even better still, I’d like to see some sort of categorization about which apps are “good.” What are they useful for and how do they facilitate one’s efficiency or overall satisfaction in some way. I’ve not seen much of that.
Your comments would be greatly appreciated. Maybe you know of a source for better information about mobile applications.