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There are many mobile applications out there, but some are better than others. Good mobile applications are designed for people who are on the move. But when is a mobile application a good application for daily use? If you have to buy a mobile application, what are the important features and criteria to look for in such an application? In this article we show some of the common misconceptions developers have, the problems they cause for end-users and what to look for if you are buying an application.

Not every mobile application is suitable for use in the real world

Users want to access their data wherever they are. Applications on mobile devices allow you to access your data whenever you want. With the introduction of .Net it has become a lot easier to develop mobile applications. But have they become better applications because of this? Porting an application from the desktop to a mobile device is becoming easier every day, but simply porting the application is not providing the best application to the user. It seems that besides the normal expectations of desktop applications (response speeds, user friendliness, etc.) there are new demands. In my personal opinion, good mobile applications are more than simply providing the same functionality and quality that the desktop provides: it is about balancing the device limitation, user environment and the needs of the user into a very delicate mix that will become a well designed application which performs well when you use it in the real world.

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A good mobile application saves your time

First of all, mobile applications should be designed to make your life easier. The application should save you time, effort or stress. This means that there is few room for duplication of data or operations on the device. Especially when the Windows Mobile platform provides a lot of services for you that are standard for every device. When the application does not integrate completely with these services, you end up duplicating information by hand. Most notorious are the contacts: some mail applications and navigation applications, both thriving on addresses of people you already know lack the integration with your addressbook, forcing you to enter these items by hand. This results in a lot of wasted energy and time. Another example can be found in your calendar: some applications deal with a certain type of time management, but ignore the build-in calendar. There are numerous applications that allow you to track time or usage of time including travel planners and work out planners that ignore to integrate into your calendar by reading or creating calendar appointments. In the end, this forces you to duplicate your efforts: you have to copy data from one application to the other on the same device. This results in time being wasted and mistakes being made while the user is really trying to do something else.

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Good mobile applications promote the feeling of freedom

One of the most appealing aspects of mobile devices is the idea of freedom: do what you want to do, when you want to do it, whenever you want to do it. This is partially because of commercials showing people being happy with internet and e-mail in the most exotic places. In the end we expect to be independent of fixed infrastructure. Every extra dependency which is introduced by an application can hamper the feeling of freedom. If an application becomes dependent of an internet connection you simply get the feeling that you have traded your dependency on a desktop into the dependency of specific (wireless) infrastructure. Nothing can be more annoying to a user than being in need of certain information and having to conclude that the dependency on internet or desktop blocks obtaining that information.

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Mobile applications should fit the user more closely than a desktop application

One of the biggest challenges for mobile applications is coping with the context and the user. Shrinking the desktop application to a smaller screen is not what constitutes a good mobile device. In sharp contrast to what software developers seem to think, mobile devices are not only used in office environments. In office environments, the user has all the time and precision to deal with the quirks of an application.

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March 5, 2007 - Posted by | best mobile applications, Lifestyle, Productivity

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