There’s an app for everything these days. At least everything which has a function that can be fulfilled by a piece of mobile software. This is obviously a boon for all of us who own smartphones, but it makes discovering new apps difficult. Especially new apps actually worth installing.
We want to know how you personally discover new mobile apps for your platform of choice, whether it be Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
All The iDevices
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Apple Products Do You Currently Own?”
Out of a total of 1,351 votes, 21% chose iPad, 20.1% chose iPhone, 15.8% chose MacBook, 13.6% chose iPod, 9.6% chose Mac, 8.1% chose Apple TV, 1% chose Other, and 10.9% chose None Of The Above.
I was quite surprised to discover more of our readers own an iPad than an iPhone. But then there is more competition in the smartphone department, whereas the majority of people agree the iPad is the tablet to beat.
Plenty of you also own Macs and MacBooks, and the Apple TV is surprisingly popular amongst our readership. Just under 11 percent of people who voted don’t own any Apple product at all, which means 89 percent of you own at least one. No wonder Apple is making so much money.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Hildy J, John, and Michael Rhodes. Comment Of The Week goes to Dave, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
1. My daughter’s Macbook Pro and iPad mini
2. My wife’s iPad
3. My iPad
4. My son’s iPad
4. My Mac 27? i7
5. Five iPhones in the family.
Why? You turn them on, they work, easy to learn and use, they don’t break. No viruses, no spyware, no trojans, etc,etc… My daughter is a heavy user of her Macbook Pro for 4 and a half years, personal use, college work, social media, etc… It still works like new out of the box with no maintenance required except a new battery last year. No contact EVER required with tech support and the extended warranty was a waste of money, not needed! I could give you story after story of all of my family’s Apple products, all similar. I won’t bore you… I used to be a hard core Microsoft Windows user for years. I will NEVER go back after years of “format and reload” time after time after time. Expensive security software that the hackers are always one step ahead of and cheap hardware that has to be replaced or updated every freaking year or two…
I hope all the Apple haters keep buying Microsoft! That way Apple products will hopefully not get any more expensive than they already are! Oh… and damn worth it.
We chose this comment because it not only details just how many devices one family can own, it explains the reasons why this particular reader loves Apple products. It ends with a nice bit of snark directed at Microsoft fanboys. Which is always fun.
Whether you proudly own an iPhone, an Android, or even a lowly Windows Phone, your app store is full of apps just waiting to be discovered. But how, dear reader, do you discover new apps? And once you have discovered them, how do you decide which ones are worth installing to your phone?
Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way.
You can make multiple selections in this Poll, up to a maximum of two. If you use more than two of the options in the Poll to discover new apps, just select the two that are most relevant to you.
We want to know details: Which websites do you use? Do you actively ask friends for recommendations? How often do you browse the App Store of your operating system of choice? Voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.
The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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