I always find the ‘lack of apps’ an interesting argument.
How many apps do you ever need or use?
Time for a little research. This site http://www.statista.com/statistics/276623/number-of-apps-available-in-leading-app-stores/ tells us that there are 2,000,000 apps in the Apple Store and 2,200,000 apps in the Google store.
To make the argument that all of those extra appsÂ create an advantage that constitutes a gameÂ changer we would have to assume that a users have the ability to look through them all and choose those that are the best for them. Have any of you ever thought about this?
Let us say that, to give them a fair go you might spend 5 minutes looking at and evaluating each app. In reality you might need longer than that but let’s go with 5 minutes.Â To do that you would need to spend 6,944 days, without stopping or sleeping, just for the Apple store. That is 19 years. Think about that for a minute.Â Google’s would take 7,638 days or nearly 21 years. Do the math. 2,000,000/12 to find each hour and then the result of that divided by 24 to get the number of continuous days. Divide that by 365 to approximate the number of years.Â It is clear that no one isÂ going to do that, in factÂ nobody could do it in their lifetime, so the argument that having more apps is better only works up to the point where it is possible for anyone to happily check out the apps for their personal use.
This site, http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-now-has-over-500000-apps-its-windows-phone-and-windows-stores,Â tells us that Microsoft now has over 500,000 apps in it’s store and they would take you 1736 sleepless days, or 4 years and 9 months,Â to go through them using the above criteria.
So please, that argument no longer means anything at all. You might be able to argue that Apple and Google have better apps but that is completely in the eye of the beholder as it isÂ subject to personal opinion in most cases however, I do agree that there are a couple that I would like to see on Windows phones even though I can, and do, live without them.Â
My daughter is an absolute iSnob who lives on her iPhone and she would only use about 20 apps (a guess) all up. Of the apps that I see her useÂ 3 I know are not available on the Windows platform the last time I checked and at least that many, probably more, are Microsoft programmes anyway.
So can we finally drop that demonstrably baseless argument?