Last year, I was preparing for an official trip and decided to use my iPhone to create a list of things I needed to carry with me. I wanted a simple list app that would let me create a list of items and an option to check which items I have kept in my bag. I (and I’m sure most of us) always use a post-it note or a piece of paper to make a list of things to buy or things to do. A simple list is incredibly useful in our everyday lives.
I went to the app store on my iPhone and downloaded about ten list apps. Every app developer, in hopes of making her/his app most popular, had put many features on the app. I finally found an app that got the work done albeit poorly. That was the day my disenchantment with the iPhone began. What’s the point of having 600,000 apps when I can’t find what I’m looking for.
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A few weeks ago I switched from an iPhone to a Windows phone. I searched the marketplace and installed a list app created by Microsoft. The app lets me create lists, add items to a list, and when I check an item, it moves from “shelf” to “cart”. This is a very useful app and looks more like it was designed by Apple and not Microsoft. Simple and elegant. Gets the work done.