Sunday, November 26, 2006

Work, Play and Communicate

Following up on the discussion at WUDBE, on Mobile Usability, let me just was FUN! :p
Various points which were raised were:
  1. Why can't mobiles be served like empty plates, where the user chooses the phone only based on the form factor, for a nominal price of about Rs. 7000, and then choose the software they like, and pay for it. Most people find that there are way too many applications on the phone, and very few ones which they actually use, so why pay for it?
  2. Different people have different requirements for a phone, some people like the phone to replace their other devices, while others use it only to talk.
  3. Different advances were requested in the mobile, such as :
    1. Fingerprint sensors(Already there in Docomo phones)
    2. OCR readers (Already present as business card scanners in devices such as the P990I)
    3. Temperature sensor (Already present in various sports phones such as the Nokia 5210)
As can be noticed, the basic issue which users typically have, is no longer with just the software or the hardware, rather it's the whole package.

A question raised was:"How do you group all these applications together?"

My answer: Work Play and Communicate!

What do you think?

Friday, November 10, 2006

Wudbe, would be not?

World Usability Day 2006, Bangalore

Usability, affects us all!

So it's great to know that there are folks around, actually celebrating it.

For those in Bangalore, I will a part of the celebrations for ...what else?... Mobile devices!

For the rest who aint gonna be there, why don't you take a red balloon for a walk!


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bengalooru? : What's in a name?

A name is an identity.

Changing it, changes your identity.

The bigger you are, the more stable your identity needs to be!

So when a big popular city like Bangalore decides to change her name, I'm worried about the instability in her identity.


Update 11/12/06: A friend in UK, wanted to know what this all actually means. Well it means that all documentation and signs referring to Bangalore, would then have to be changed, at a huge cost to the government, as well as the people.

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Phones I hate!

O2 XDAII(HTC Himalya/iMate Pocket PC/Qtek 2020/Orange SPV M1000/MDA II):

A phone this powerful, was supposed to be smarter, not dumber, than the rest.
I loved this phone, till I realised that if the backup battery dries up, the whole phone gets wiped out... everything... I mean the phone actually started reinstalling when I switched it on.
All my data(recipe book, Expense sheet,), address book, pictures, ... all gone!

Nokia 6600

Way too slow. The kind of incidents that horror stories are made of.
Imagine you talking to someone, and then cutting the call. After one hour, you realise that the call is still active.

Nokia 3230:

Currently the most popular Symbian phone in India, in my opinion.
Way too slow for most purposes.
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