30 December 2012
Too many apps!
"Wow, you have a lot of apps", a friend said recently when I handed him my iPad. "Do you use them all?"
"Yup", I responded, and it's true. I have a lot of apps. Like a lot of people these days I love going to the app store an discovering new ways for these little software programs to make my life more convenient, fun or just generally better. I have a rule that any apps I don't use get deleted. I actually have a "Purgatory" folder on all my devices where apps go and if they don't get used a month later I delete them.
The problem though is that I have a lot of apps across devices. For example Wunderlist and Podio gets used on my work machine, my personal machine, tablet and phone. It's useful on every device because I can quickly get things onto my to-do list and cross them off at the grocery store or wherever it's convenient.
When I'm choosing to drop an app I think about whether I've used it recently but I rarely think if I've used it on this device. For example I love the radiolab podcast app but I've never even opened it on my iPad. Why? I think it's because I tend to be on the go when I listen to podcasts. Even at home it's more convenient to have ear buds in and listen with something in my pocket than it is to lug around a bigger device.
So this is my work in progress. I'm going to see if I can whittle each device's apps down to just the ones I need on each device and that way reduce the clutter.
What apps do you use across devices and which ones do you think would be better on just one?