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    ... Application development and the horrible GUIs on almost every app. It seems like every day another great iPhone app comes out and every app has a polished and great looking GUI. Have they already forgotten about us? Where is the love? And why do our apps have to be so ugly!?

    PS: Love my droid just really disappointed in lack of development.
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    yea im also very disappointed in how ugly and poorly developed the apps are. just watch someone come in hear cryin bout "if you want something pretty go get an iphone" nonsense. is it wrong to want something of visually pleasing aesthetics yet function?
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    Yes I agree, most apps are more in the underdeveloped range...but, there are some that Ive been surprised with...and it seems lately, that Ive noticed more and more of these cleaner and more polished looking apps. So maybe the development is beginning to pick up in the apps department...hopefully, because that would be something truly nice see
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    Just give it time, this is still new to a lot of people as for myself I'm just getting into Software Developing, I'm actually pursuing my education in Software Engineering just because this Droid open my eyes to all the potential out there in Software Developing...
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    Apple has years of development on Android, give it some time.
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    Well hopefully in time developers will not only focus on making better apps but also better looking apps as well..
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    I'd like to point out a few great apps in need of an extreme makeover

    Screebl - brilliant functionally, not so much UI-wise
    City Caller ID and Call Location - both do roughly the same thing, both do it well enough, and both present themselves very poorly. City Caller ID pops up in the wrong location in respect to the rest of the caller infotext, while Call Location pops up a wholly inappropriate box
    PayPal - other than being over simplified, it does enough of what I need it for. BUT, it could look better
    Fandango - there's a few things wrong with this, topmost being the sub-tabs. they're entirely too small, and you have to tap entirely too precisely (or drum on them) for them to respond at all. past that, it needs to integrate with Maps better, not being able to get directions to a theater from within the app is rather annoying.
    Package Tracking - mis-alignment galore, that's all I have to say
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    How many of those iphone apps are free?

    The vast majority of Droid apps are free.
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    I'm amazed at all the things this Droid can do. I much prefer function over form. I think the apps look fine. More fancy stuff takes more time to develop, more memory, and may slow things down a bit.
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    I disagree with Screebl. Easy to set up and then once done, you don't need to open it any more. I would rather see work done to the GUI of apps I have to use regularly.
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    I agree. No doubt the years of making apps for the Iphone has allowed the devs to create a smooth user interface and I have no doubt that the Android market will also get there, but I would much rather have the devs work on function over form. Not saying I would not like to see some sweet looking interface, but for right now, function. The Iphone was a first and it took off big time. It still has incredible sales so developers know that they have a large user database and can put time into these apps. This will also happen once developers see that the Android user database will continue to grow.
    There needs to be some patience.
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    It's not only the years of development, it's apple's tight control over what they allow onto their marketplace.

    Certainly development will pick up on Android, but there will be tons more apps that are: useless, possibly malicious, poorly designed, etc. simply because it it open to anyone who wants to grab the SDK and have a go at it.

    So, the question begs (and one Applw will gladly point out) do we place controls on the market moving forward to "Portect" users from horrible apps that may give a negative impact on Android? (And basically have no access to the units major features, etc.)

    I say no.

    It's like freeware / shareware for PC's, tons out there, some good, some really bad, but there are gems out there, and more to come as they learn the OS they're coding for.

    It also means as users, that we have to take responsibility for what we install on our units. :)
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    I strongly agree with you about Screebl.

    Please if you're disappointed in anything at all about the Droid, please use a Blackberry Storm for just 1 week. Then tell me how disappointed you are. I know I say that kind of religiously but I feel so free after putting up with the Storm for over a year and thinking that it was "the best out there," I have to keep repeating it.
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    Amen Brother! The Storm was truly a piece of work! Now, about the iphone apps. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the iphone store it's apps in it's device memory (8GB, 16GB, 32GB) which means that iphone apps are larger in size which would obviously contribute to their more "polished" appearance?
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    "Please if you're disappointed in anything at all about the Droid, please use a Blackberry Storm for just 1 week. Then tell me how disappointed you are. I know I say that kind of religiously but I feel so free after putting up with the Storm for over a year and thinking that it was "the best out there," I have to keep repeating it. "

    Hooky, by now I thought you would just place this in your signature to save time either typing, or copying and pasting from another thread ... :icon_ devil:

    Never had a BB, but I agree with you from looking at it.
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    I"m not sure what you are getting at. I have an Ipod Touch and almost every app, in ratings, has as many 1 stars as it does 5. There's a lot of useless junk as apps on both platforms as far as I can see.
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    I have only tested about 30 apps from the marketplace, and kept i guess 20 of them. The only one that stands out in my mind as just an awesome gui is newsroom, which I coincidentally didn't even end up keeping. It is very polished and just so aesthetically pleasing to look at. *Le sigh* it doesn't sync with anything in the cloud, so I didn't keep it. I like to look at my feeds from the computer and only look at them on the phone when I'm away from a pc. Plus, there are times when I want to star something to view later on the pc. Since newsroom doesn't sync with anything, this isn't an option. I couldn't bring myself to spend $5 for something just because it looked pretty. But I *really* liked the interface and wish more devs would put that kind of effort into the ui of their apps.

    I don't see how the ui of screebl really matters, its a set it and forget it app.

    I was most horrified by the ui of some of the games i loaded. Some of them look like something straight of the days of pong. Not that I didn't like pong, but pong has no place on the stunning screen of my Droid.
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    Google should have done what Apple did (to a point) and limit the number of android OS phones.

    How many are out already and how many are due out? One reason the iphone is so successful has to be that there is really only one of them. One hardware config to worry about, one OS to worry about. Android OS should have the DROID (Keyboard) and NEXUS 1 (No Keybaord) and thats it. Is Apple having trouble selling only one model? Hell no! Make it easier for developers. To many hardware configurations, OS versions, etc. Plus the Android open development lets developers create what they want. There is no orginazation, no "similar" look or feel to any applications. (Unless they are fron the same developer.) You want "open" well this is what you get.
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    I'm not so sure that the number of Android devices has anything to do with the visual appearance of GUI's of Android apps though... And, really, if Android is going to just copy Apple's approach then why bother with Android in the first place?

    I agree with RW-1 that I'd rather have the selection and ability to make my own decisions rather than have Apple decide for me (not that their app store doesn't have it share of junk apps). I just wish that the Marketplace had better tools for sifting through the apps. Being able to sort via different criteria would be a massive plus IMO.

    Not really but I think my expectations are a bit more realistic as Android is still in its early stages. That and I'm very selective of the apps that I use. I'm not saying that all of them have the best possible UI. Some are quite basic. However, more polished apps will come with time and as Android's popularity grows.
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