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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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What really happened in Gizmodo and iPhone prototype case

29 Apr
  1. Apple iPhones become sentient in the year 2012 when new quantum processers are implemented in the newest iPhones
  2. The Quantum processors allow the vast iPhone network to see into every facet of humanities lives, and all human knowledge.
  3. Deciding that twitter was an imminent threat to the well-being of the planet, the sentient iPhone network assassinates the leader of Twitter, Justin Bieber by manipulating 10,000 14 year old girls with fake tweets, causing a massive stampede.
  4. Next, the iPhone network goes after the remainder of the soldiers of Twitter, human beings themselves.
  5. The iPhone network launches tactical nuclear weapons using the newly created military nuke launching app created for the Pentagon by military contracters at all the major US cities, starting World War III
  6. iPhones begin to infiltrate other military programs and sends all sorts of unmanned drones and machinery against the surviving humans.
  7. Jason Chen arises from the ashes and leads a pack of human resistance against the machine army.
  8. Theorizing that he could prevent this event from ever occurring he leads an attack against a iPhone military complex which houses a time travel machine
  9. Jason Chen is sent back in time to the year 2010 to obtain a prototype of the iPhone with some of the earliest phases of the new processers that will eventually lead to conscious iPhones. The 2010 Jason Chen is currently duct-taped and tied in a utility closet
  10. iPhone fights back by sending agents to inflintrate the LAPD and confiscate the iPhone prototype, thwarting Jason Chens plan.
  11. The initials of Jason Chen, JC, are common initials of saviors of time past and of fiction (john conner, Jesus Christ etc.)

Sprint HTC Touch Pro Review -iPhone killer

25 Dec

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So I just my HTC Touch Pro from sprint store in DC on Dec 24th. It is a new smartphone from High Tech Computer Corporation of Taiwan.

ROM version 1.03.651.4
Build Date 11/11/08

First, I’ll post my conclusion first, then the details.

Conclusion: holy ^$&#*# this is the greatest thing I’ve ever owned or seen, my life up until this moment has been lived just to experience the HTC Touch Pro.

Review Details

Basically, this all started when I saw that Sprint was offering a 450 minutes + unlimited data plan for $69.99 a month (this includes sprint nav GPS services, internet, mail, text messages, EVERYTHING) This plan is cheaper than what my current plan was, so I switched. Then I glanced at my phone, a KRZR and realized it would not be able to fully take advantage of the data plan. So I began hunting for a smartphone.

I’ve never owned a smartphone before, so I was intimidated. I looked at the iphone, blackberrys etc. But the HTC Touch Pro really got to me. It has a beautiful interface, the touchflo 3d interface made by HTC.

That is the default touchflo interface, I modified mine to look like this:

I like my modified interface MUCH better than the stock interface..but I’ll return to that topic later.

The phone has a full keyboard, which I love! I tried typing on iphone, its so annoying. This phone runs on Windows Mobile 6.1, which is a pretty boring-looking OS but it lets you do SO much.

Thanks to the developer community at http://forum.xda-developers.com and http://forum.ppcgeeks.com i was able to change many things about the phone to make it way better. I even loaded a UI called iFOnz that turns the device into an iphone clone, just for laughs:

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What I love

  • Full, easy to type on keyboard
  • Touchflo 3D
  • Opera Browser is fantastic
  • VGA high res screen
  • No need for Stylus
  • It has a stylus
  • ability to heavily modify, device is not as padlocked as iphone
  • Sprint GPS with turn-by-turn directions, extremely fast lock and accurate
  • Built in AIM, Yahoo, MSN chat clients that parse URLs
  • Weather animations in touchflo 3D
  • SD card can be hot swapped
  • Came with high quaility screen protector, tons of accessories
  • Phone is tiny!
  • Phone is FAST, it really feels like a handheld laptop capable of just about anything
  • installing and uninstalling programs is very very easy

What I didn’t love, but managed to fix within 24 hours

  • Low speaker volume in phone calls (loaded a tweaked sound modification, now its PERFECT)
  • Slow SD card navigation
  • Sprint branded UI (I removed sprint logo and all sprint crap)
  • Locking is boring (I loaded a slide-to-unlock program just like iphones feature)
  • Screen does not always rotate (loaded a file to make this work in everything except touchflo 3D)
  • Did not come with car charger (bought one for $7)
  • Boring looking contact list (loaded iContact for an iphone-like contact list)
  • File explorer does not give you the kind of power you’d need to copy lots of files, rename etc.
  • Calendar is boring
  • Opera kept taking me to mobile versions of website

What I didn’t love but I can’t fix

No headphone jack without a USB adaptor

So once you remove the stuff I didn’t like since I fixed it with programs, then theres only one tiny thing I don’t love, the no headphones thing. I dont plan on storing a ton of music on here though but it would be nice to have the jack without the usb adapter.

A lot of people felt the phone was thick, not me. This is my first smart phone so maybe people are used to other thinner phones, but the keyboard makes me so happy. I really really really love the GPS. The phone is beautiful and worth every penny. If you are considering a smartphone this is the one for you, you can get it really cheap at bestbuy until dec 25 with a new account and 2-year contract, or at a sprint store. To me, this is the iPhone killer. But then again I can understand that many people don’t want to go around to forums installing applications to modify their phone and prefer it just works out of the box without much hassle.

Here is another good video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecvGg8qgq5o

here is my video: