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iPad usability is a setback to the 90's

Jakob Nielsen has conducted a preliminary usability study of the Apple iPad. His findings "revived memories of Web designs from 1993":

- Because of the apps' print media aesthetic users don't know where they can click, which options exist and trigger unexpected actions by mistake

- Common actions are difficult to learn since each application has a completely different way of doing similar things

- The user interface suffers from being a scaled-up iPhone. For example, people tend to ignore or forget about the tab bar at the bottom of the screen

- People want more freedom and control than swiping for the next page when reading

- Screen elements tend to be too small for people to be able to touch them

Links:

  • iPad Usability: First Findings From User Testing Open link in new window
  • Free report: Usability of iPad Apps and Websites Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 11, 2010

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