Archive for December, 2008

iPhone Strengths and Competitive Opportunities

16 December, 2008


Informa’s Mobile Device and the User Experience conference was held in London on the 10th – 12th of November, 2008. It was a gathering of some of the world’s most influential mobile usability leaders. My talk was about the strengths and challenges of the iPhone. It’s noted for it’s sexy animation, but there are also some glaring user interface inconsistencies, such as how the Back button is sometimes present, sometimes not–and it appears in different places on the screen. The pinch and stretch gestures are super fun for the first few weeks of iPhone ownership, but they become tiresome after a while. Further, some logical features just aren’t available when one expects them to be, such as editing a contact after viewing it from within the Favourites. On the other hand, the Application Store is a brilliant innovation, which is inspiring a whole new generation of mobile software.

Presentation PDF: iPhone Strengths and Competitive Opportunities Weiss Informa Mobile User Experience London 2008

Mobile User Experience Trends for 2009

15 December, 2008

Handsets Forum logo

The Informa Handsets Forum USA was held in October in San Diego. I gave a talk on mobile handset user experience trends. Of course the iPhone is going to affect 2009 in a really big way, and touch, animation, sexy graphics, application stores, music well done, and mapping are all part of the trend set, but there are some others too. Check out the presentation to see the rest.

Link to talk: handset-mobile-ux-trends