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What Makes A Great App?

What is it that makes a good app great?

It’s not really one thing that we can point to that makes an app amazing, think about it in terms of  the 86’ Mets- there’s a lot of things that need to come together to make it great. First and foremost, a great app needs to be the best solution to solve a person’s problem. Second it has to be highly usable, intuitive even, and it should not confuse or upset people as they’re navigating through it. Lastly, it should surprise and delight people, in the same way a movie you had no interest in seeing becomes the best movie you’ve ever seen. A mobile app development company will aim to encompass all of these aspects, not just one or two.

Even though there are a lot of moving pieces to make an app great, I am going to focus on the surprise and delight aspect that makes a great app. It’s a broad term that could range from how an app transitions from one screen to another, a tiny detail that makes it easier to use, or an aesthetically pleasing appearance. With over 2 million appsavailable for people in the major app stores, it’s this tiny aspect that sets apart great apps from the rest of the noise. When it comes to the specific things that delights an individual it can be anyone’s guess, but there is a commonality between everyone who is using the app… they enjoy it.

Below are a few examples of the apps I think got it just right, they combine the problem solving, usability, and delight that makes up a great app:

 

Waze:

    1. Colorful
    2. Easy to use
    3. Playful animations
    4. Helpful

 

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Something:

    1. Simple
    2. Minimal interface
    3. Intuitive actions

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Operator:

    1. Easy
    2. Minimal interface
    3. Visually pleasing

03_operatorAndroid Pay:

    1. Easy
    2. Minimal interface
    3. Convenient

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Acorns:

    1. Colorful
    2. Easy to use
    3. Playful animations
    4. Helpful

 

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Which apps did we miss that you think should’ve made the list? If you’re looking for a mobile app development company, we’d love to build something great together.

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