TITLE

Mobile devices: Smaller, smarter, and still usable?

AUTHOR(S)
Kaplan, Robert
PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
Portable Design;May2006, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that as technology permits the development of smaller and smarter mobile devices, engineers must increase their attention on usability and user experience. The future of technologically advanced mobile devices is totally dependent upon simplicity in its presentation. Although technology breeds complexity, the consumer must be presented with simpler, user-friendly mobile devices. By focusing on end-user simplicity and goals, one can concurrently achieve marketing and business goals. Several simpler versions of cell phones are now being marketed by several major manufacturers including Vodafone Group PLC, Siemens AG, and Toshiba Corp. These simple phones have been introduced as the result of a consumer backlash by average users who are confused by the array of features and functions offered on today's cell phones. The trend toward multiple versions of mobile devices could be expanded to various combinations of functionality and complexity in addition to phone-only simplicity.
ACCESSION #
21005138

 

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