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How do you decide whether to give an app a chance or not?

Authored by: Stephan Serowy — Dec 15, 2013

There are tons and tons and tons of apps out there. For every category of apps, there is a ton of options to choose from. So, how do you decide which app is going to get to grace your mobile device? How does a particular app catch your attention over all the rest? Is it the rating in the store? Whether it’s free or paid? Maybe it is the reviews you read everywhere? 

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a calendar app, a launcher, or a camera: there’s a ton of selection in each category and a ton of apps that could either be garbage or ridiculously useful.

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So, what determines the one you’re going to try out? Do you trust the rating system? As we’ve seen recently with the Blackberry messenger fiasco, the rating system can easily be gamed and votes can be bought. Maybe then it is the number of total downloads that helps steer you in the right direction? Perhaps it is the reputation of the developer?  And so, the eternal question rages on: How do you choose your apps?

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After years of political journalism with WELT and ZEIT Online, it was time for Stephan to change direction. His background in social science and his enthusiasm about the future naturally led him to where socially transformative technology is being celebrated: AndroidPIT. He is a colossal science geek and a passionate musician, and he loves introducing people to the changing zeitgeist - beyond bare figures and spec sheets.


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  • userzz Dec 17, 2013 Link to comment

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  • Sterling Keys Dec 16, 2013 Link to comment

    I find that I usually download 2-3 apps in the same genre based on ratings and reviews. From there, I go ahead and test them out for a few hours or days. By the end of the time period I've usually whittled it down to one that I prefer over the others and they get deleted.

  • Anders Bagger Dec 16, 2013 Link to comment

    It's really hard to say, what keeps me from installing an app. First of all, I look at the rating and what the comment's are. You can sometimes spot, wether they are the kind of people that are in to sequrity, or those that just keep installing whatever they can get their hands on. Second I look at the permissions, and this is were most apps really fail. A clock that want to use internet and the phone. Or even worse. Let me say this. 98 to 99% of all apps that i look at, never get on my device. Call me paranoid, because I am. I just don't wan't anything to suck all my ressources and drain my battery too. I wan't control with my device, simple as that. And yes. I know life is more easy on the iPlatform. Yet I still prefer android, as a complete "package". Life is indeed strange, I must say.

  • Pteryx Dec 16, 2013 Link to comment

    I check the newest reviews for the app(not most helpful), then for my device (if any) . Also check out other apps dev has , they can often give me an idea what the Dev is about.

  • Ricardo Garcia Dec 15, 2013 Link to comment

    Personally, it all depends on the popularity of the developers, The positive feedback for similar devices, how impressively written the description is and how well showcased the game or app is.

    I've noticed every game or app I download usually is massive in size, developers have their own website and the layout of the particular apps I download is pretty high quality and not just thrown together.
    It's all about presentation. If an app seems dull or low quality app icon is used, I tend to just stay away.

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    Alvin Brinson Dec 15, 2013 Link to comment

    It's really a combination of multiple factors. A holistic decision, if you will.

    The quickest thing that will run me off, however, is a high pricetag with no demo version. Thanks to Google's 15 minute refund window (No, I haven't forgotten when it was longer), I refuse to try out paid apps without demo versions unless there is a MOUNTAIN of evidence in favor of the app.