iphone usability

I apologize in advance for posting news about the iphone…but apparently, Perceptive Sciences (a usability firm in TX) concluded that the iphone has better usability than the Nokia N95 or HTC Touch

Everybody will have an opinion, but what’s need is something more objective and definitive. So an expert in the field — Perceptive Sciences, an Austin, Texas-based usability consulting firm — was asked to examine and compare the iPhone and two competitors.

The results of its tests were unequivocal: While the iPhone is not the most feature-rich device, this group of experts found that when it comes to usability, iPhone does, indeed, live up to its hype.

3 thoughts on “iphone usability”

  1. I’ve used Tom’s repeatedly, and have to admit it’s pretty good.

    However, I don’t have any comparison points since I’ve never really used a PDA. But it certainly does phone, map, and email really well.

  2. I still can’t get around the fact that the TS is your only means of input (almost). Wasn’t there a paper that suggested that certain tasks are best suited for touchscreens…

  3. One of the strongest suits of the iPhone is its web browser. It is better suited for dealing with the challenges of non-mobile-optimized websites than any of the other mobile browsers I’ve seen. Touch interaction to pan and zoom dominates in this arena (as well as photo and map applications.) I was already sold on the Google Maps app as a killer feature – if they add the new My Location feature to the iPhone version, all the better.

    The autocorrect feature for typing is something I’m still getting used to – it appears that it could boost your effective typing speed by not forcing you go back and fix a typo earlier in the word; just hit space at the end of the word and the correct word appears in place of your typo. It takes some getting used to just pressing ahead and not worrying about the typo – a modification of your evaluation/execution loop in the typing task.

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