Or: A long list of one user’s great expectations when installing an android app on his handset.
Evaluating Apps on the G1
In the first 72 hours of getting my android handset, I installed over 60 applications. I uninstalled about 12. I tried to identify expectation gaps while evaluating apps, and I spun those gaps into personal “proverbs” (perhaps guidelines is a better word), which I list here.
I have yet to find an application which didn’t function at its core. I always wonder why people make terse comments like “doesn’t work” on the market… In all cases, I uninstalled an application for one of three reasons below.
- The user interface is awkward, cluttered, annoying, or frustrating.
- The application itself runs slowly.
- The application is too aggressive in self-promotion.
Where two applications provided similar functionality, I kept the application which most closely matched my expectations.