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Apps and Random Decision-Making

By on January 9, 2015 in Articles

Mobile apps have taken over. All of us are now spending more time on our smartphones and tablets, consuming digital content instead of surfing the web on a PC. If you reading this in the US, then you are most probably spending almost 90% of your mobile usage time inside applications. In fact, 52% of all media consumption owes itself to mobile phones.

Mobile apps are used on a daily (nay, an hourly) basis, and the average smartphone user downloads at least one app per month. And if that is a favorite app, then you are most likely to spend more than 40% of your smartphone usage time on that app.

Some apps enjoy ubiquitous popularity. The prime example in this regard is Facebook, which can be found in each demographic and it is also most popular in terms of the time spent on an individual app.

So why do people download apps, and many times even pay for them?

The bottom line is that as digital devices get tinier, there is a greater demand for customization in the user experience, and apps fulfill this demand.

Here are some specific reasons why we are in love with mobile applications:

There is a Great Variety

To start off, content is dynamic in the world of applications. One app helps you find a new restaurant, while the other one offers GPS capabilities to take you there. You can play games, and then share your scores on social media with your score. In short, apps offer plenty of interaction as compared to passive consumption of digital content.

Offline Capabilities

While our web browser solves most of the problem, there is a condition that has to be fulfilled at all times if you need to reap its benefits, namely that it has to be connected to the internet. However, there are many apps out there that are ‘self-contained’, in that they will work just fine outside of a Wi-Fi range.

Native Apps Are Overflowing with Features

If you are using a native app, whether on Android or iOS, the application will provide you the best features as it has been designed to make full use of the device’s technology. These run fast and smooth, and allow you to enjoy a seamless picture, motion, and sound experience.

But this is not to say that 3rd party apps serve no purpose. In fact, the fact that independent developers are dishing out new applications is what adds to the diversity.

What Does All This Have to Do With Random Decision-Making?

You must be thinking what the benefits of mobile applications have to do with random decision-making. The answer is ‘everything’.

There are specific apps out there that help you out with when you need to make a choice but are unable to do so. Look no further than our very own Random Decision Maker! App.

However, there are several apps on the market (both free and paid) that help you make decisions on the spur of the moment via your smartphone.

Hence, in the next couple of posts, we will talk about some of the most popular decision making apps on a variety of smartphone platforms.

iOS Apps for Random Decision Making

By on January 9, 2015 in Articles

In the previous blog post, we talked about the general benefits that smartphone apps bring to our lives. Here is a brief rundown:

  • There is a great variety of apps out there, offering everything from entertainment to productivity at work
  • There are many apps that can be operated without Wi-Fi (perfect for the making decisions at the spur of the moment)
  • Native apps are feature-rich, while 3rd party apps add to the diversity

Here, however, we will talk specifically about iOS apps. We will talk about some reasons why this platform is so popular, and then list down some of the best apps on iPhone and iPad for random decision-making.

Beautiful Design

While Apple products are technology products, they are known more for their sleek and minimalistic hardware design. Even when it comes to laptops, no one beats the signature Apple design, and more often than not, stylish laptops base their design on Apple products.

Integrated Ecosystem

The iCloud may not be the most perfect cloud service, but syncs all iOS devices impressively. You don’t have to sync the devices every time you need them. Any time you pick them up, you will get the same, updated information on each.

Speaking of the integrated ecosystem, Apple makes problem resolution manageable. If there is any issue (such as Wi-Fi network not connecting), you need to do is get the problem fixed instead of worrying about compatibility.

Exclusivity

Right from the time of the first Mac, Apple has instilled a culture of exclusivity in their customers, where using Apple products becomes a class in itself. Apple products are not marketed to mass markets, which is why they are able to charge high prices. Apple is something different, and customers love it.

Customer Support

Apple places great emphasis on its customer. Whenever you enter an Apple Store, you will find a friendly rep who will offer you individual help for as long as you need it without frowning or without charging you anything. Not to mention, each employee of Apple believes in the company and its products, and you can feel this conviction in every interaction.

So then, how will Apple help us make random decisions? Here are some fun apps that you can try:

iChoose

The free iChoose app has been described as the ‘little metal button that knows your mind’. iChoose offers you a variety of methods to make a random decision, such as Yes/No, Coin Toss/Coin Flip, Card Choice, and Dice Roll.

Choose for Me

Though it costs $0.99, this app saves you from the stress of making a decision when someone puts you in a tight spot, like a wife that says ‘I don’t care, you pick’!

Yes/No

Finally we have the Yes/No Free App which helps you make a yes or no choice using a simple tap.

Of course, our Random Decision Maker! App allows you to choose between 6 options at once. But in case you are stuck somewhere with nothing but your Apple device, then do use these apps to your benefit.

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