Results of Apps Not Meeting Hype or Expectations?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by csilberman1, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. csilberman1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    I have to say, now that it has been a week, and I still have no iphone. The stores in my areas can't keep em stocked. However, I have been reviewing the applications daily and getting feedback from other people I know with iphones with applications in them. I am disappointed so far.

    Some of these apps are just dumb. Some just seem thrown together. Some seem like they just are useless. Some seem, from the screen shots, like the graphics are old school cell phone graphics. I mean, I give people all the credit in the world for trying. But, with all the talk of developer's conferences, iphone app venture capitalist, and all the aspirations and hopes for what the apps could do, my expectations are not being met yet. How much of this is because apple? Are they controlling apps for a reason? Is apple not helping developers enough? Is it because it is all so new? I mean, when I am going to pay $300 for a phone plus layout another $1500 in service for a year, plus pay for these applications, I expect some results. I am sure all the other things about the iphone that has made it so hyped will wow me. But, this is what I really waited for to buy, the promise of applications that would make the iphone its own computing platform. When, realistically, will this occur? I want to be able to have files on my computer on my phone and be able to manipulate them and sync back. I want to be able to see applications that mimic what I use on my macbook like quicken and calorieking. That way I can sync back and forth and keep everything up to date. I want to be able to do what I do on my laptop on my iphone. This was my expectation. Or this is what the hype lead me to hope the applications would allow me to do. :mad:

    I mean, so far, the best part of the iphone app store is the comment sections for apps. I love the brutal truth some people are saying about these applications. Unlike the itunes comments, where everyone proclaims that album or song to be the best ever, these comments clearly point out the flaws in applications. And, this could be the most valuable feedback that helps the iphone applications leap to the next stage of their existence. What that is is yet to be seen?
  2. MacProPIMP macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    Apple Apps

    I'm just waiting for more iphone apps from apple, ilife/iwork etc... The remote app is one of the best apps and it's free. I also like the paint apps and the racing games, and I feel they're a decent value for the 5-10 dollar range. Other than that I don't feel the need to spend more than $20 on an app right now until it's worth it for me.
  3. csilberman1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    That's what I am talking about

    The notion of just having ilife apps that you can use on your phone to view and work on files and then have the changes sync would be a great start. I would not pay more than $15 - $20 for an app either, unless it is ground breaking.

    I currently carry a usb key around to use different files on different computers. Wouldn't it be great if the iphone had a expansion slot or internal usb key that pops or some app so you can sync files to multiple computers, mac or pc's, work on them, save em to your phone, have em sync to your laptop at home and moble me if you use it? Even to do it wirelessly.

    Today I just learned about a new sd card that you put in your camera. The card has a wireless antenna in it so you can sync that photos or video you just took from the card (without taking it out of the camera) to the computer. Why can't a developer or apple take advantage of the iphones wi-fi to allow a similar type of sync with documents and such, edited on the phone ideally.
  4. qacjared macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    The problem is that we all were jailbreakers and we had a semi-mature platform already that had alot of great apps. The simple fact is that if you look at the app store now and installer way back in November they have about the same number of hits and misses. Its all about trial and error which is something that the official apps (sans apple and jailbreakers) have not had. Tap Tap Revolution is good for a reason, as is twitterfic, and the few other jailbreaks that went legit.
  5. zerotl macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2005
    Give it time

    The App store has only been open for a week, and so far I'm more than happy with the apps available: remote, motion x poker, gps / directory listings.

    I moved from the palm environment, and yeah there's a couple of apps not represented , but I think it's goin ok. True apps are not as open as the palm, but it seems more polished to me.
  6. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
    You really have to take the user reviews on the App Store with a grain of salt, it seems like the people who give good reviews are the people who the product is made for and the people who give bad reviews are giving them just to give them.

    Don't get me wrong, I think there are some awful apps in the store and I think that even at $1.99 some people are overcharging but take a look at simple apps that just microblog for you like Facebook or Pownce, they are just tools to update and for you to see your friends on those networks updates, yet they get 2-3 stars overall...they do there job and they look nice for a mobile application yet almost every app in the store is filled with "needs more work" or the obligatory "nobody uses ______" and a 1-2 star rating.
  7. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    For only having been open a week, and developers only having a couple months, I think the App Store is a huge success.

    Imagine what we'll have in 6-12 months...
  8. B. Hunter macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2005
    Pacific Northwest

    Let's give it time. The App Store is new. How could anyone of us know what to expect? We never had an App Store before.

    I laugh at posters complaining about how certain apps were allowed. Talking about how crappy they are etc. My question to those posters is this. How many of you have developed an app for the App Store? I have ideas but not sure I have the ability to create them.
    In addition I find some comments about apps on the App Store annoying. It just seems like some people find its their purpose in life just to be all over the App Store making comments. Almost like a group of the same people over and over again.
  9. stcanard macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    I have never looked at the jailbroken apps, as I did not have an iPod Touch at that time, so everything I say comes from the point of view of someone who had a Palm Pilot 3 years ago and gave up on it.

    The App Store has already surpassed my expectation -- I have now replicated every app I had on my Palm, except Learning Chinese (which is technically possible anyway), and I spent less money to get there and had an easier time finding the programs.

    Given the relative age and maturity of i* development relative to Palm, the idea of what is potentially down the pipe as the SDK and developers mature is mindboggling.

    The only issue they have to work out is demo / trial periods.

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