Crapplications: Part 1

crapappsNote from the Editor: Introducing Guest Writer Chris Sewell (@csewell08). Chris will be joining us for a series of rants on applications he considers “crap.” We hope you enjoy his comedic stance on what it means to lack quality.

There are a lot of great applications that have been developed over the past year for the Android platform that allow our phones to perform tasks that make our lives easier. Sometimes these apps implement a bit of amusement into our daily activities, as well. Blogs write reviews about these applications all of the time, citing the Pros and Cons of each application and giving a personal opinion as to just how handy the application really is. However, not too many people take the time to point out the applications that are not exactly up to the standard that has been set by Android users.

For my first example, let’s take the application “Droid Text N’ Walk.” In my opinion, this is a horrible idea, as well as a ridiculous price for such a horrible idea. Unfortunately, it is not entirely the developer’s fault that this application is such a failure in my mind. The application is described as: “Droid Text N’ Walk overlays a text composition window on top of the view from your hand held device camera so you can text and watch where you’re going!” Thats right people, this application allows you to walk and not take your eyes off of your phone. The main problem I have with this application is that I’m positive that there are idiots out there that are dumb enough to walk straight into a pole, or worse, cross a street while texting. While this will definitely speed natural selection up considerably, I don’t want someone to run into me and knock my scalding hot morning coffee all over the front of me and say: “Oh… sorry man… didn’t see you on my camera! When I text my camera isn’t usually pointed at a 90 degree angle to the walkway.” Alright, thats a bit far fetched, maybe. No one dumb enough to use this application would understand why they just ran into me and would probably look upon my coffee-drenched-shirt as if I was in the wrong.

You may be thinking “But Chris, I’m good enough at texting while I walk that I wouldn’t walk into you!” Thats fine, good for you. But I will enjoy four times the battery life due to my camera not consistently running while I’m powering through a rant about the future Darwin Award winner who just knocked my much needed morning coffee all down the front of my shirt and pants.

Take all of this into consideration when you look at the $3.99 price tag associated with this application. Hopefully, you agree with others who have rated this application 1 star in the market.

Have you downloaded a application that could be nominated as Crapplication of the Century? Leave a comment about it below.

Thanks to c0z for inspiring this rant. I hope to see others speak up about their experiences with similar applications.

***This is for comedic purposes and is not intended to alienate AndroidGuys or its writers from any specific brand, company, or developer. We simply want this to be a wake up call for those who need to spend more time on their apps before releasing them into the wild.
In addition to smartphones and mobile gadgets, Scott has a deep appreciation for film, music, and sunflower seeds. A husband and father, he likes spending down time riding his mountain bike or binge-watching TV. Scott has overseen the day-to-day activities of AndroidGuys since 2007.