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how many of the 50,000 iphone apps are useful?

by dstanfor / June 9, 2009 6:14 AM PDT

I've been hearing about how the iphone's biggest boost over the other new phones like the Pre and any Android based phone is in their app store. Media will excitingly talk about their 50,000 apps in the iphone store, vs google's only having 5000, and Nokia and blackberry having around 1000. But the number of apps seems like a stupid comparison -- the sort of thing we'd mock Microsoft boasting why a PC would be better than a Mac. Sure there are tons of programs for the PC, but tons of them are crap. I know we've heard about plenty of dumb iphone apps on buzz out loud, like the multiple fart noise apps, the useless $1000 app, and the baby shaking app. So my question is, how many of the iphone apps are actually useful? How many of these useful apps won't be ported over to the other app stores eventually?

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(NT) If you don't find iFart useful, you're doing it wrong.
by kwahhn / June 9, 2009 6:50 AM PDT
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You are correct quantity does not equal quality.
by minimalist / June 9, 2009 12:31 PM PDT

But the thing about the iPhone App store is that I often find an app that does exactly what 'm looking for since there are so many variations. So the odds are better you'd find the app you want. Its the long tail in miniature.

I would consider the Pre right now but the apps on that platform remain the great unknown. The developers will go where the money is I guess.

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