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Are We Suffering From Mobile App Burnout?

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    Are We Suffering From Mobile App Burnout?


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    I am. I have so many apps it's stupid. As the guy in the article mentions, most of them I don't use. Many I use occasionally and thus I like having them at hand. Some, I plan to use by have not gotten around to it. Any that require that i setup a new username/password to use make me ill. I'm so tried of that. At least on iOS games and such can tie into your game center...nothing like that on Android, so it is more of a pain for apps on that platform. Lots of apps want to let you in via your FB creds, but I'm loath to do that. Same with Twitter. Argh.

    But yeah, I'm way over the line on app burn out. And, recently, I've started to encounter crappy apps on iOS! At first most were great, but there are some real dogs in there too.
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    Yes, I'm reluctant to give app developers what I consider unnecessary info. I routinely refuse location services or push, unless I see good reason, and I've not allowed any developers Facebook or Twitter account linkage.

    Sometimes I read about a cool app and load it, if only to try it, and then don't, just because I don't want the bother of creating an account just to test drive. I think app developers should try to accommodate for that, or continue to lose potential business.

    I keep many apps handy for use or possible use, not expecting to use them frequently. I just don't want to go hunting for them should need arise. I try to weed out apps that don't meet that criteria. I have about 125 total, mostly utility, news, book and travel apps.

    I've not run into dogs, but all my apps have come from recommendations -- via people I know or tech blogs.

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    I'm reluntant to mention where I got the dogs....but I didn't have to look far....
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    I keep telling myself that I should delete AppsGonefree. It's the iOS equivalent of a dope pusher.

    I did delete a couple dozen apps I hadn't used in a month or more. I still have more than I need. But until I run out of space, it's tough to get motivated.

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    Lucky for me, I've avoided app fever and seem to be pretty good about managing my app space and usage. This is part of the reason why I never get people need so much storage on their iPad! I have trouble using 32 GB! I think a lot of apps just sound cool or you think they are gonna solve a problem. Sometimes, they solve a problem that didn't actually exist or just don't do what you think they will. App removal is your friend too. You can always redownload them if you find you miss them. I've rarely had that happen though. If the app is good it stays, if it sucks then its bye bye.

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    It is true, fewer can mean less.....
    I find the more Apps we install the greater the effort is required in updating or adding new data ~ which in turn is counterproductive.
    I try to find Apps that will achieve a multitude of tasks within the Apps boundary.
    .........I don't always get your questions right.... but you'll certainly know I've tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    Lucky for me, I've avoided app fever and seem to be pretty good about managing my app space and usage. This is part of the reason why I never get people need so much storage on their iPad! I have trouble using 32 GB! I think a lot of apps just sound cool or you think they are gonna solve a problem. Sometimes, they solve a problem that didn't actually exist or just don't do what you think they will. App removal is your friend too. You can always redownload them if you find you miss them. I've rarely had that happen though. If the app is good it stays, if it sucks then its bye bye.
    Most apps are tiny....it's games that take up the real space....at least on my iPads....
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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC View Post
    Most apps are tiny....it's games that take up the real space....at least on my iPads....
    Mine, too. I have a lot of music, audiobooks, videos and photos. Most of my apps are small potatoes by comparison, especially because I don't play games.

    As for managing space or not, I see no need to manage unless I can't afford more space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaykaykay View Post
    Mine, too. I have a lot of music, audiobooks, videos and photos. Most of my apps are small potatoes by comparison, especially because I don't play games.

    As for managing space or not, I see no need to manage unless I can't afford more space.
    I'm a digital hoarder! I have lots and lots of storage...and most of it is NOT on my mobile devices. I have a PC setting over here with 40 TB of storage and other 9 TB setting on the self!

    Maybe I need help, but I'm not changing.

    I'm not much of a gamer, but every so often and I these "moments" when I play...and having them on my iPad then is nice (that why I spent the money on the 64GB version -- I'd be foolish not to use it). And I have taken some off....if I have come to determine that I don't like them or am just not good at them.

    I have been playing Asphalt 7 on my mini recently (as in the last couple of days)...that is one rocking game and runs well on the mini.

    I have a 16GB digital Archive that I want to put on my devices that have a retina-level display. This is work/professional related. This would be the largest app would I have (and I hope to offer this for other society members on iOS and Android), *if* I can talk the powers that be into approving development. Fortunately, with the arrival of the 128GB retina iPad and other high-rez devices, I think I have a good chance. I have this on my PCs and laptop where it runs fine...and I put in on my Air Stash, but no mobile browser can run it properly...since these browsers are apparently not the equivalent of PC/MAC browsers, which is a shame.

    But my point is that storage needs are real and not only dictated by hoarders like me. And app bloat is real too, but there are some very worthwhile apps to have....I currently have 279 apps on my mini...After photos (3.4GB), GoodReader is the #2 space hog...so at least that is work related! # 3 is Avengers (taking up 2GB), which might get zapped cause I'm liking other stuff more. I would never be able to survive on 16GB.

    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....
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