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My rant today about mobile apps
« on: July 08, 2017, 11:18:52 AM »
Most mobile apps really suck. They take away the critical features of the desktop apps away.

Case in point, photobucket. It's really bad. Then the imgur mobile app. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to upload the pics in its Android app. It appears to be a minor footnote, buried somewhere. It constantly redirects you to main menu, to browse other "viral" pics.

Ebay mobile app really sucks. It lacks such basic features as looking at completed auctions to get an price check on something.

Banking apps are retarded. The list just goes on and on.

I am tempted, from time to time, to throw the damn thing into the ocean. Life was so much happier before the apps.  Instead of them pretending of distributing a useful, working application.

spent half an hour trying to figure out the mobile and buggy version of Advance Auto parts site.

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Re: My rant today about mobile apps
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2017, 04:18:23 PM »
Well, having actually developed commercial Windows software in a past life...

The developer really doesn't have much to play with when it comes to UI elements on a mobile phone.

You can't have, for instance, modal popup windows like in Windows and you hardly have any screen real estate.

Your pointing device is basically like a bar of soap. No resolution and an uncertainty of intended position of one index finger width.

And lastly, limited screen space to display warning messages and to show functional options. A check list on a smartphone is an absolute pain in the ass. You have to scroll a long list to see everything and in the process you might click an item you didn't intend.

Smartphones are UI hell and the less you expect out of them the better.
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