3 reasons why finding cool Android apps gives us a headache

So many of you have been asking us to recommend Android apps–we hear you! So we’ve been searching long and hard to find ones that we think are cool. But after a few days of trying a bunch out on a Motorola DROID X loaner, we now understand why you’ve been begging us. Finding cool apps for the Google OS is pretty much like finding a needle in a haystack.

1. My eyes! My eyes!
Now I admit that I’m used to the Apple app store appearance which, even on the small iPhone screen, is bright, colorful, well-organized and enticing. And even the home page is categorized for easy shopping. Too bad I can’t say the same about the new Android Market. Of course, you shouldn’t judge an app by its icon, but a pretty one makes me much more apt to click and take a look.

2. Search? C’mon Google!
I’m still pretty stumped as to why it’s so hard to find apps since the search feature is powered by Google. For best success, you have to be super specific, which isn’t very helpful when you don’t exactly know what you want, but would like to browse offerings aimed at a specific group of people or topic area.

3. Who wrote these reviews?
The biggest challenge with finding cool Android apps has to be the inconsistencies across platforms, which are made obvious when you check out the reviews. And while iPhone and iPad app reviews can definitely range from love to hate, I’ve never seen such a variance in experiences with a single app. On just one application, I saw several folks leave it one star while others gave it five; all of them had different phones and tablets, which they noted in the reviews, probably to help other folks with that particular phone make a decision. Kind of.

We’ll continue to do our best to find you awesome Android apps, but here’s hoping these issues get some much deserved attention soon! And many thanks to Verizon Wireless for loaning us a Motorola DROID X for reviews.

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.

3 Comments

  • Reply February 27, 2011

    Bill

    Yeah, the market stinks. But they’ve updated the online site so at least you can browse on the computer. Still kind of lame, but for general browsing it’s better than the market on the phone (I think).
    https://market.android.com/

  • Reply February 27, 2011

    renee

    I so agree with you! I have a Droid x and adore it, but I really miss the organization of the apple app store when looking for apps! Please do keep trying though – I think there are a lot of us out here with droids now.

  • Reply February 28, 2011

    Kate

    It would help if when you post about an app, that you share if it is available for Android. Bill is right, searchign online on the Android Market is easy.

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