Tag Archives: design

Android is Frustrating, not intuitive and not fun

30 Jun

I’ve been playing with Android phones recently, the HTC Incredible and the HTC Evo..and sorry but I  feel the OS kind of sucks.

It is not intuitive at ALL. I couldn’t figure out how to do anything..it required a friend to train me..and even after that and I tried using the Evo on my own I still could not find the task manager, figure out how to switch tasks and add/remove widgets.

Sorry…it needs to be friendlier and FAR more intuitive for me. Android may be powerful but its not friendly or easy. My user experience was frustrating. I handed the phone to my GF to play with and she was lost and frustrated within 10 seconds as well.

This never happens when we play with iPhones. Yes I understand Android is powerful, yes I understand iPhones lock you in and is not very customizable..but its EASY. It is intuitive and fun. Grandma can pick it up and use it.

Android should be powerful AND be easy to use. But right now it is only easy to use after watching tutorials or playing with it for a week.

Let me give you an example. If I did a usability test on target.com, and told a first-time user to go on the site and find a solution to their storage needs for books, I’d want this user without any tutorials or help, without having to call support, to find the bookshelf section of the site and buy a bookshelf.

If my user can’t do this, and leaves the site frustrated or having to call support..the UI is bad. It has failed.

Well that’s how Android is. Yes it’s powerful, yes it is customizable. yes I can install a new UI over the standard, but I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO.

I should be able to hand the phone to my Grandmother and she should be happily uploading youtube videos of Kitty within 5 minutes.

I think one of my favorite, intuitive task managers in a UI is on the Palm Pre. You swipe your deck of cards, find the app you want, and either click it to activate it, or flick the card away to close it. SUPER easy. SUPER intuitive.

Good article I found:

http://daggle.com/impression-wrong-android-nice-iphone-1607

Also, I feel the Andoid OS is ugly. Reminds me of Windows 95.

I’ve been playing with Android phones recently, the HTC Incredible and the HTC Evo..and sorry but I  feel the OS kind of sucks.

It is not intuitive at ALL. I couldn’t figure out how to do anything..it required a friend to train me..and even after that and I tried using the Evo on my own I still could not find the task manager, figure out how to switch tasks and add/remove widgets.

Sorry…it needs to be friendlier and FAR more intuitive for me. Android may be powerful but its not friendly or easy. My user experience was frustrating. I handed the phone to my GF to play with and she was lost and frustrated within 10 seconds as well.

This never happens when we play with iPhones. Yes I understand Android is powerful, yes I understand iPhones lock you in and is not very customizable..but its EASY. It is intuitive and fun. Grandma can pick it up and use it.

Android can be powerful AND be easy to use. But right now it is only easy to use after watching tutorials or playing with it for a week.

Let me give you an example. If I did a usability test on target.com, and told a first-time user to go on the site and find a solution to their storage needs for books, I’d want this user without any tutorials or help, without having to call support, to find the bookshelf section of the site and buy a bookshelf.

If my user can’t do this, and leaves the site frustrated or having to call support..the UI is bad. It has failed.

Well that’s how Android is. Yes it’s powerful, yes it is customizable. yes I can install a new UI over the standard, but I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO.

I should be able to hand the phone to my Grandmother and she should be happily uploading youtube videos of Kitty within 5 minutes.

I think one of my favorite, intuitive task managers in a UI is on the Palm Pre. You swipe your deck of cards, find the app you want, and either click it to activate it, or flick the card away to close it. SUPER easy. SUPER intuitive.

Good article I found:

http://daggle.com/impression-wrong-android-nice-iphone-1607

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Dear all online news websites

26 Oct

Dear All online new websites: Please, please, a million times please… DO NOT put long stories on multiple pages.

Why in God’s name would I want to keep clicking next to read the rest of the story? There is a thing called a scroll bar, I can utilize it to scan long stories. Or at least make multiple page stories an option people can activate if they wish.

Better yet, use LIQUID LAYOUTS. yes, the internet is not the printed page. The content can expand when viewed in larger screens, imagine that! You don’t have to have a fixed-width layout.

London 2012 Logo sucks ass

27 Dec

London spends 400,000 to design this Olympics 2012 logo:
https://i2.wp.com/ts.wollzelle.com/assets/2007/6/8/london2012.jpg

a random blogger spends 1 hour and designs this:
https://i2.wp.com/root2art.co.uk/news/wp-content/2012_sq.png

The amateur logo is way better IMO.

Use fluid layouts please!

31 Oct

It irritates me to no end when sites devoted to delivering informational content, such as cnn.com, bbc.co.uk etc deliver their content in a frozen layout. (a layout that does not change width even when viewed in a high resolution monitor)

Here are some screen shots to illustrate my frustration:

https://i1.wp.com/img.photobucket.com/albums/v637/bboyneko/bbc.jpg

https://i2.wp.com/img.photobucket.com/albums/v637/bboyneko/cnn.jpg

See the enormous amount of wasted space? Compare that to the fluid layout of google news:

https://i0.wp.com/img.photobucket.com/albums/v637/bboyneko/google.jpg

For the love of god, allow me to maximize the real estate available in my browser window!!!! This is the internet, media is not frozen in place as it is on a newspaper page.