Monday, October 15, 2007

Usability test: Apple iPhone vs its rivals News

Usability of the iPhone vs. the rest ...

"...Besides the iPhone, the two other products in this usability comparison test were selected for two reasons: they were already on sale and they had competitive feature sets.

In particular, the testers needed a touchscreen phone to compare to the iPhone and a more traditional button-based phone with strong multimedia capabilities.

The most obvious contender is the HTC Touch, a Windows Mobile device that has both standard button-based navigation and touchscreen capabilities. This device has a 2.8in screen, 240x320 resolution and a 2Mp (megapixel) camera. It also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

HTC Touch review here

Nokia's N95, based on the Series 60 variant of the Symbian platform, provides the more traditional type of button-based navigation only, but it's a multimedia powerhouse. It boasts a 5Mp camera and can create
VGA-quality 30fps (frames per second) video. It supports many types of media playback and has a long list of other features including built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS – the test device even came with a barcode reader. It has a 2.6in 240x320-pixel display.

Nokia N95 review here

Obviously, Apple's iPhone is the best known of the three devices. It has received much attention for its 3.5in 320x480 display and its touchscreen interface – you use your fingers for most tasks. It's based on the Mac OS X
and comes with a built-in 2Mp camera.

... APPLE'S iPHONE proved the simplest device for testers to get to grips with. Typically, they were able to perform tasks twice as quickly on the iPhone as on the two handsets we compared it with. The one area that the iPhone didn't excel was in functionality, with only a basic camera and a limited feature set.

Navigation: 5
Look and feel: 5
Usability: 5
Functionality: 3.5
Ergonomics: 4.5

Overall: 4.6"    (Continued via PC Advisor)    [Usability Resources]

iPhone Usability Test - Usability, User Interface Design

iPhone Usability Test


Anonymous Rich Stevens said...

Usability is the one area the iPhone is streets ahead of the competition. This review seems to agree:

6:14 AM  

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