There are countless factors that make an app a good one – from app store ratings to downloads. Yet, most importantly a successful app needs to have a great user interface (UI) and a great user experience (UX). Most developers know that when it comes to developing for mobile, a dazzling UI and an intuitive in-app experience are not an easy to achieve.
Mobile devices and tablets present a unique set of challenges from the screen size, to touch screen; the way users use apps is vastly different than the web. In addition, these types of devices haven’t been around that long and most developer don’t have usability mastered yet. However, some do – and Harrison Webber of The Next Web recently put together a list of them. Here is his list of the top iOS apps with the best user experience and user interface:
“Paper for iPad
So much has been said of Paper by FiftyThree, that it feels like the app has existed for ages. Perhaps the most elegant drawing app on tablets today, Paper made its debut back in March of 2012, and has since added an innovative color mixer.
More than anything else, Paper’s simplistic use of notebooks for storing drawings, its limited color palette and organic-feeling brushes make it worth a try. While the in-app purchases have frustrated some, we can’t help but find the quality worth it, as they greatly extend the app’s functionality.
Back in March we proclaimed that Berger & Föhr and Aeliox’s minimalistic, gesture-powered calculator app actually managed to make math sexy. Nine months later, we stand by that statement, as Rechner continues to stand out for ditching the usual, crowded jumble of buttons for a few simple swipes and four rows of numbers.
So long as the 5 minute learning curve doesn’t put you off, Rechner is very intuitive. All you need to remember is that swiping to the right is “+,” swiping to the left is “–,” swiping up is “=,” and swiping with two fingers in any direction clears the screen. Read our full review here.
Impossible to ignore for its innovative user interface, Clear, made by Impending and Realmac Software, broke boundaries by ditching iOS standards like buttons in favor of gestures, taps and pinching. As we detailed back in February, Clear is the type of app that makes you rethink the way that you’ve been using your phone altogether, breaking the mold and re-forming it with just a few minutes of use.
How to use: To create new list items, drag down. To reorder them, tap and hold, then slide. To insert a new item between two others, pinch apart and to go ‘back’ a level, pinch inwards. Swiping left or right will check an item off or delete it. For more on Clear, read our review here.
Fantastical for iPhone
For many, Fantastical’s recently released iPhone app quickly replaced Apple’s default calendar, just as it did on the Mac. Fantastical’s no-nonsense approach, natural language parsing engine and DayTicker make it noteworthy.
As we detailed back in November, Fantastical’s DayTicker feature is a ribbon-shaped display of your current day and the surrounding days, making it incredibly fast to see what you’ve got coming up at a glance. Read more on Fantastical here.”
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