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N900 beats iPhone in mobile usability test

Peter-Paul Koch is a man after my own heart. He routinely has 10+ mobile devices on his desk at any one time (on account of being a mobile platform strategist, amongst other things). When one of his friends asked his advice on buying a new handset, he saw the opportunity to do a real-time usability test of all the major handsets at once. It’s a true normob test — the friend in question is currently using a super-super-old Nokia.

If the phone UI area interests you, I strongly recommend you take a bit of time to read Peter-Paul’s exhaustive write-up. It’s a beautiful piece, it really is.

Thanks to Kevin Neely in sunny San Francisco for sending me the link to Peter-Paul’s post. Kevin knows a thing or two about mobile — indeed he’s one of the most knowledgeable and obsessive (in a good way) mobile super-users I know. So much so that I caught Kevin on camera last summer when I was in the Valley. Do also take a bit of time to see what he had to say on the subject of mobile applications:

By Ewan

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4 replies on “N900 beats iPhone in mobile usability test”

“Published by Ewan on Thursday 7th January 2010, 19:23 Comments | Filed under: Devices
Peter-Paul Koch is a man after my own heart. He routinely has 10+ mobile devices on his desk at any one time (on account of being a mobile platform strategist, amongst other things)”

I wish I could claim that is why I have so many devices, but alas it is mostly the geek factor. But I'm pleased to see the N900 win through. It is the best device I've used by far. Now I just need battery technology to take a similar leap so I can keep on going without needing to charge quite as often!

That was a great test I had to send to Ewan, knowing he'd be all over it. I look forward to some copycat trials, but with a couple more non-touch devices and Android 2 or 2.1.

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