Weekly Poll: Do You Look for Apps with Great Design?

Earlier this week, we shared with you a collection of more than 30 beautiful and Holo-designed apps. Had Connor set out to write this round-up a year ago, or even six months ago, he would have had trouble coming up with decent apps. Yet nowadays, most developers seem to have adopted — and adapted — the Google design language in their apps.

This, in turn, has been superb for us users. Apps that are still plagued with the Froyo/Gingerbread dark grey tabs on top are becoming rare and irrelevant in the face of fierce competition from newcomers that not only value functionality but also esthetics.

Looking at my own usage, I know that I was a lot more forgiving a year ago. I placed features above design, and picked my apps based on that. However, I have the privilege of using an ecosystem that offers choice and variety. Whatever functionality I need, there are probably more than five apps in the Play Store that offer it, if not ten or more.

So now I simply can’t forgive an app developer who’s stuck a few years behind their times. I want apps that I can enjoy looking at as well as using. As a matter of fact, the only relic I have on my phone is SafeWallet, a password and personal data vault that I have invested in and that works with my other phones and computers.

What about you? Is design becoming more and more important in your app decision process? Or are you still OK with yesteryear looks as long as the app does what you need it to?


  • http://www.marklaflamme.com LaFlamme

    I go with function over form every time. If the app does the job, I don’t care much what it looks like, as long as the UI isn’t so messy that it’s hard to use. Titanium Backup? Not the prettiest thing in the world, but man, I can’t imagine maintaining my phone without it.

    • Jon Garrett

      the world’s laziest devs spend no time at all on aesthetics., which is a shame because while an app may perform well, who wants such an ugly thing on their phone/tablet’s beautiful display.

  • http://jeuxvideomobile.com/ Flo (JVM)

    An App with a great design is always more attractive and we will pay for the download

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