iPad Usability by Dr Jakob Nielsen

24 09 2010

This is now a bit of old news, but I thought worth mentioning anyway. Jakob Nielsen’s team have usability tested the iPad, and the following report was delivered via their blog back in May this year: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/ipad.html

Key points:

  • The different gestures used (tap, drag, slide, flick, finger spread and pinch, and double-tap) are not used consistently across the different apps available, and it is easy to make an accidental gesture.
  • The user interface caused problems with discoverability e.g. some users didn’t know where to click.
  • Navigation within apps is often lacking a back feature, search, clickable headlines, and/or a homepage.

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