Avira Points Students towards 7 Basically Useless Mobile Apps (Infographic)
Article by George Norman
On 25 Apr 2017
When Avira talks about something, it usually talks about one of its own products, like Avira Software Updater or Avira Scout for example. Every once and again, the security company will focus on something that isn’t part of its portfolio, and that’s precisely what we’ve got here.

István Tamás, Social Media Manager at Avira, drew attention to an infographic that highlights 7 mobile apps that are supposed to make a student’s life easier. These apps should help students better manage their tasks, boost their productivity, and more. Check it out below, and once you're done I'm going to tell you why it's pretty much useless!

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Via Avira and Study Medicine Europe.


This infographic is more frustrating than useful!

Judging by the logo, I'm going to assume that Todolist, the very first app listed by the infographic above, is this Android app. If that is the case, then I'm going to advise against getting it, mainly because it hasn't been updated since November 2016. But since Todolist is available for Android only, I'm going to assume that the infographic's creator meant Todoist, a different app that is indeed available for desktop, iOS, and Android. A quick look at the links in the References section confirms that it is indeed Todoist, not Todolist. So the very first app has it's name misspelled and features the wrong logo!

Evernote is available for iOS on Apple's App Store and for Android on Google Play. The infographic doesn't mention the fact that Evernote is availabe for Windows as well.

While Google Drive is indeed quite useful, allowing you to back up and store files in the cloud, you mustn't forget that many other alternatives are available.

According to the link in the References section, Free Graphing Calculator is this IOS and this Android app. But the logos don't match. The logo featured in the infographic belongs to this app, which is actually called Graphing Calculator + Math and isn't available for iOS.

EasyBib is available for download on Google Play and Apple's App Store, but it doesn't have the best of reviews. Way too many 1- and 2-star reviews!

What Pomodoro app is this infographic referring to? The links in the References section are no help at all. There's an iTunes link that doesn't work and a link to an article that lists Pomodoro – and unsurprisingly, the links in that article don't work.

So I am going to ask again: what Pomodoro app is this infographic referring to? Judging by the logo, I think it's referring to an app called Pomodroido, which hasn't been updated since 2013.

Quizlet, which you can get from Google Play here and the App Store here, isn't exactly free. It comes with in-app purchases.


Does Avira care? Not in the least!

I pointed out everything that's wrong with this infographic to Avira, and did they care? First they said that I'm wrong, then deleted my comments when I further explained the issues with this infographic, and in the end they gave me the cold "thank you for your feedback" routine, which is basically saying that I can go shove it up my nether regions. So... that's that!

There' still one question that's burned into my mind: why is Avira promoting this useless infographic? The only explanation I could come up with is that they're trying to drive some traffic towards Study Medicine Europe. I'm convinced that this is a shameless way to promote Study Medicine Europe.




Tags: Avira, infographic, Android, iOS, Todolist, Evernote, Google Drive, free Graphing Calculator, EasyBib, Pomodoro, Quizlet
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