Which is more important? Apps or iPhone?

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Comment by Frank Coles on March 19, 2013 at 16:49

Apps rule in the short term as they are what drive users to the iPhone (or any platform) but long-term if the apps stagnate while the platform doesn't change then they go the way of that dusty laptop in the attic - freecycle. So, I guess it's applications that are most important regardless of the backend. However I'm with Paul on 'app fatigue' and Stuart on 'any sytem/platfom/brand if the application does what I need.'

Comment by Paul Maguire on January 18, 2011 at 13:16

I'm looking forward to 'general app fatigue' - 'app culture' is sickening IMHO. iTunes is now a media shop. I consider Apple's hardware to be wildly overrated - it's not possible to play any normal kind of videogame on it - there are no buttons and so no haptic feedback. Puzzler/strategy games like Bejewelled/Chess/Go etc. are great on it. But trying to react to what's on a screen when my fingers are also on the screen is a joke. Apple's response to this is "it is a creative challenge to create apps". My favourite game on it is Labyrinth (roll a ball around the screen avoiding holes) and my most used apps are IMDB and Wikipedia (not really apps - just portals). 

I have to say I greatly dislike the fact that Apple have commandeered the word "app" as though apps never existed before Apple lifestyle hardware culture. I should also say I own 8 Apple computers dating back to early 90's (I couldn't afford one before then - heh) right up to this excellent MacBook Pro I'm using to type this (and make my living with). So I'm no Apple-hater. Just an 'app culture' hater. 

(reading a book on an iPad is lame)

Comment by Fraser Rowan on March 27, 2009 at 11:18
As someone that’s waiting for my current mobile contract to run out (2 months, 6 days, 4 hours and 26 mins to go) before I switch, it’s the iPhone - using it to sync my daily mac stuff. However, as a music fanatic I’m looking forward to dabbling with synth, sequencer and drum machine apps, to see how far I can push it. Who knows I might scrap the band once I get my iPhone – I don’t think the live performances will have the same visual impact though.

So, as I don’t have one, the iPhone is more important. Once I’ve got one, it will probably shift more to the apps.
Comment by Matt Johnston on March 26, 2009 at 10:43
Apps are where it's at for me as well - which to be honest is WHY I use a Mac and an iPhone. (I have a work supplied DELL running Vista which currently works to sync my Outlook calendar with Google Calendar and...not much else.)
Comment by Stuart Cosgrove on March 26, 2009 at 10:38
Apps for me - i am willing to scoot around any sytem/platfom/brand if the application does what I need. Mind you I have a cherry red Sony Vaio laptop so what do I know.


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