Saturday, November 10, 2007

T-Mobile Shadow getting unfairly dissed in the press

Evaluating the T-Mobile Shadow UI ...

"I was reading one of my favorite mobile sites, Mobility Site, and saw that NY Times writer David Pogue apparently had a chance to try out the T-Mobile Shadow and provided his thoughts. I am not quite sure how much time he actually spent with the device since I think he missed a few features on the Shadow and made some statements about Windows Mobile 6 that may give people the wrong impression about the operating system. Regular readers know that I am fairly agnostic when it comes to mobile operating systems and use whichever one lets me get the job done at the time, as seen by my regular usage of Windows Mobile, Palm, Apple, and S60 devices. I try hard to give a balanced view of each OS. Honestly though, we all have our preferences when it comes to mobile devices so it is tough to be completely unbiased and I wouldn’t expect people not to have some bias.

Now back to Pogue’s thoughts on the Shadow. I will try to address each observation he made and add my commentary that reflects my usage of the Shadow after a full week. I am also adding a second YouTube video to go along with my first impressions article that shows you more of the user aspects of the device, such as the indicators and most recently used applications feature. BTW, I wrote 90% of this article on the train ride home on the Shadow because it was the most capable document creation device in my gear bag and I wanted to create this article while his statements were clear in my head. I did have the iPhone connected via WiFi so I could view the article as I wrote on the Shadow.

1. T-Mobile Shadow designer: I am trying to verify if the T-Mobile chief executive really did drive the design of the Shadow because as I understand it from this Microsoft site HTC and Microsoft worked together on the Neo UI that is so prominent on the device. Maybe the T-Mobile executive drove the hardware design while Microsoft and HTC worked together on the software implementation.

2. Design statements of the hardware: I completely agree that the hardware of the T-Mobile Shadow is sweet with a great feel and size.

3. 20 key keyboard: While there may be the occasional mistake, the Windows Mobile predictive text input technology is very good. See my article on the T-Mobile Wing for some details on how amazing the predictive text technology really is in Windows Mobile 6. There are even 6 custom settings in XT9 settings where you can toggle spell correction, next word prediction, auto-append, auto-substitution, word completion, multitap word completion. And for proper names and unusual words you can quickly add them to the dictionary, the software even prompts you with the Add Word? question. I admit it took me about 4 to 5 days to get the hang of this suretype keyboard, but now I am very fast with it and as I mentioned I wrote most of this article in Word Mobile in 45 minutes on the train."    (Continued via The Mobile Gadgeteer, ZDNet.com)    [Usability Resources]

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