App Meister offers rankings to give you some idea of how apps in a certain category compare to each other. This is great to see which apps fit best to you. Plus, by changing the importance of the criteria, you can get a personalized ranking. But it still might be difficult to immediately see how different the apps really are. That’s what made us think about visualizing the data App Meister has. As our rankings are based on pairwise comparisons which consist of ratings in the criteria price, design and features, maybe could use the criteria as dimensions?
Well, the chart above is just that. It shows the category Todo Lists, plotted in a coordinate system with the y-axis being design and the x-axis being features. Not bad, ey?
Besides looking great, is it helpful too? Let’s see. If you’re hunting for a well-designed todo list, Clear or Wunderlist are definitely the way to go. In the ranking display of App Meister, you wouldn’t be able to see the huge gap between these two apps and the rest of the category.
It also becomes obvious that these 2 apps perform quite badly feature-wise. On the whole, the todo lists are evenly spread over the features dimension, so whatever your need in features, you’ll probably find an app that fits you.
With our knowledge of the price (just hover over the items to get more information), we also notice that the relatively expensive apps (Things, 2Do: Tasks Done in Style, Omnifocus for iPhone) are also the ones with most features.
All in all, this new view uncovers data hidden in App Meister and provides additional information compared to the ranking.
Stay tuned for more (and excuse the weird app icons if you’re using Safari 5.1.3)!