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iPad Usability

From usability guru, Jakob Nielsen, the first results of a study on iPad usability:

iPad Usability: First Findings From User Testing

Summary:

“iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures. An overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles cause further usability problems.
“It looks like a giant iPhone,” is the first thing users say when asked to test an iPad. (Their second comment? “Wow, it’s heavy.”) ”

93-page report on iPad usability is available for free download.

It is interesting that usability mutates with each new form factor – PC, netbook, laptop, iPhone, Itouch, iPad, Kindle, etc. etc. etc.

I recall that scene in The Graduate where a man says something like “Plastics my boy, plastics” to Benjamin.

I think I’d recommend usability as an education with good prospects now. it seems unending and changing. Hey it even sounds like something that LIS and iSchools teach and specialize in.

Stephen

Posted on: May 17, 2010, 5:58 pm Category: Uncategorized

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