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Are We Suffering From Mobile App Burnout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC View Post

    To me...every time I had an app to be device, that makes my iPad experience just a little more different than what the next person has. I see this as a form of customization. When I think of the screen number of things I can bring to the screen, it in a way, makes the device offer more power in that I can do a lot more things....app bloat has pros and cons....
    I'm with you. The more stuff a mobile device can do for me, the more flexibility it offers, the better.

    We all use our devices differently, and there's no need to justify to others unless they're footing the bills. Like I said on another thread, if I wanted to buy a 128GB iPad and fill it with nothing but cat photos downloaded off the Internet, I would as long as it made me happy, lol.

    Personally, I'm obsessed with having as much content available on the go as possible, for travel and time at my vacation home. I don't keep an Internet connection there, because I'm not there enough. So what I bring with me and what I can access via my data plans are it. My parents aren't online, either. So when I visit them, it's like digital camping, lol.

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    I just filled out some documents with a couple of apps I use only for that purpose. How often used: infrequently. How convenient is it to have them readily accessible: very.

    If I'd had to go hunting for those apps again, I might've just booted up my laptop. Instead, I stayed reclined in my chair and popped out those docs on my iPad, then emailed them. Love it.

    When I opened the docs as email attachments, I got several options on how to open them, because I have a bunch of utility apps. I took a quick look at three or four, to see what would work best. What a hassle if I'd have had to redownload various apps just to check whether they might be useful. Ah, convenience, priceless.

    A few weeks ago, I came across a document I wanted to convert and there were a few hiccups. Luckily, I sometimes download utility apps just because I think they might be useful later. That day, I used two or three apps, and voila, converted. Again, if I had had to hunt around and redownload apps, I might as well have booted up my laptop. But thanks, no. It's great to have apps within a tap or two.
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    My problem was downloading so many "might be useful someday" utilities that I couldn't remember what each one did. I decided I didn't really need 6 note taking apps and 4 PDF readers...and that I must resist adding even more to the collection!

    As for getting out of the recliner to do work on the iMac...I just downloaded Splashtop 2, and can now run the iMac from my iPad. Laziness is preserved through technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LannyC View Post
    My problem was downloading so many "might be useful someday" utilities that I couldn't remember what each one did. I decided I didn't really need 6 note taking apps and 4 PDF readers...and that I must resist adding even more to the collection!

    As for getting out of the recliner to do work on the iMac...I just downloaded Splashtop 2, and can now run the iMac from my iPad. Laziness is preserved through technology.
    Thumbs-up for preserving laziness through tech.

    As for not knowing what apps do, I know what you mean. I group mine together by utility so I have a better shot at remembering. Maybe it would be useful if Apple added a feature that allowed you to make a short note about an app, so you could hover over it for a reminder on what it did well or whatever? (That kind of feature might have other uses, like gamers might note game cheats, etc.?)

    Even though some apps are meant for overlapping functions, I've found that it's useful to have a few, because one often works better than another, depending on the specific task. I do find replacement apps, though, and I delete if I come across something better.

    Recently, I resurrected a browser that lets me view two websites side by side. I had replaced one such app for another, because I thought I wouldn't need two side-by-side browsers. But I started reading Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida on one side, and kept a character list open on the other, because I needed help tracking of who was who. I was in the middle of reading, and I didn't want to lose my place so I could use the side-by-side viewer for another purpose, so one of my deleted apps got a reprieve. I restored it so I could do the other thing I wanted. So now I've decided to keep both side-by-side browser apps on my iPad 4.

    Sometimes, I find uses for apps I didn't anticipate, and I end up happy that I kept them on my screen. I have a bunch of travel apps, for instance, that find services, etc., describe city features, etc. I've found that having several of them is useful, because I want to find stuff on the fly, and they often have strengths and weaknesses, or gaps. Like one app will have good info about one airport or city, but lack equivalent info for another airport or city. I was about to delete one such travel app for another in one case and noticed that the older app features airport ATM locations, which the other app didn't. So I keep both apps for now, because when you need something during a layover, you often need it quickly. Meanwhile, I also emailed the developers of the other app, in hopes that they'll add ATM locations, too.

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    I think too that when someone first gets an iPad that they are likely to go crazy downloading everything and anything that sounds even remotely interesting or useful. Of course, in due time you realize that you spend your time using probably just a handful of apps regularly and many end up jus being for the novelty. Or, something gets a high rating and you wonder what you're missing so you go and get it as to not be left out.

    Plenty of apps get downloaded that are looking for a problem to solve that doesnt exist. I've done it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    I think too that when someone first gets an iPad that they are likely to go crazy downloading everything and anything that sounds even remotely interesting or useful. Of course, in due time you realize that you spend your time using probably just a handful of apps regularly and many end up jus being for the novelty. Or, something gets a high rating and you wonder what you're missing so you go and get it as to not be left out.

    Plenty of apps get downloaded that are looking for a problem to solve that doesnt exist. I've done it too.
    Some people just are resistant to change and are rather conservative in how they approach things, even tech. For me, I am NOT conservative minded where tech is concerned, though I am in other ways. I like new tech and apps are an important part of it. I don't keep apps that are think are useless....if I keep one, it is because I think it does address a need or solve a problem. If others don't, that's fine. If one assume apps are useless and therefore will not try them, then one is operating on assumptions...that could be wrong. It's a choice we are all free to make. In my mind, a device like an iPad is all but useless unless one runs apps on it. It's the apps that make having it worthwhile. IMO.

    I could care less about being left out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    I think too that when someone first gets an iPad that they are likely to go crazy downloading everything and anything that sounds even remotely interesting or useful. Of course, in due time you realize that you spend your time using probably just a handful of apps regularly and many end up jus being for the novelty. Or, something gets a high rating and you wonder what you're missing so you go and get it as to not be left out.

    Plenty of apps get downloaded that are looking for a problem to solve that doesnt exist. I've done it too.

    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC View Post
    Some people just are resistant to change and are rather conservative in how they approach things, even tech. For me, I am NOT conservative minded where tech is concerned, though I am in other ways. I like new tech and apps are an important part of it. I don't keep apps that are think are useless....if I keep one, it is because I think it does address a need or solve a problem. If others don't, that's fine. If one assume apps are useless and therefore will not try them, then one is operating on assumptions...that could be wrong. It's a choice we are all free to make. In my mind, a device like an iPad is all but useless unless one runs apps on it. It's the apps that make having it worthwhile. IMO.

    I could care less about being left out.
    The "problems that don't exist" ref doesn't make sense, because that assumes we all want to do the same things. We're human beings, lol, and we all have diff priorities, lifestyles, etc. No sense telling other people what matters, because what matters to you might not matter to them, and vice versa. I for instance find no use for Facebook, but gazillions of people do, and that's cool. I don't need for everybody to think, act, behave, spend like I do.

    Personally, I've always been open minded about tech -- use what works for you, don't sweat other poeple's uses. If I want to continue using a two-decade-old TV, because TV doesn't matter to me, I will. When I first got a cell phone, I didn't learn the number for about two years, because I never had it on and didn't give out its number -- it was just for me to call out in a pinch, and that worked for me, lol. With apps, I'll use whatever I want and not sweat what others are using or not, though I will look into recs and decide what works for me. The nice thing is being able to afford lots of choices, but that's how I generally live -- I like to have plenty of options.

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    Speaking of apps, does anyone know of an alarm app on which you can set the ring duration? I use the native clock app now, but I don't like that it requires me to manually turn it off, or it just rings for like 15 mins straight. I'll be doing something, or be on another floor, and hear it go off and drive me insane, or have to stop what I'm doing to turn it off.

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    Apps......Apps.....Apps!! I need more Apps!!!!

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    Woot. A document that I wanted to convert was thwarting me despite repeat attempts. Then I did a quick search and found a new app that does what I needed. 99 cents. Well worth it.

    I don't do much app shopping, but I'm thrilled that when I need something, I generally find it in the App Store.

    Separately, iOS restrictions are hanging up my effort to replace the native alarm clock, because I'd be forced to leave any non-native alarm app running onscreen in order for it to go off when needed. But the good thing is, my Android phablet fills the void for iOS in that case.


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