R: R: Some thoughts about iphone & openmoko

Michele Manzato michele.manzato at verona.miz.it
Wed Jun 6 12:56:52 CEST 2007

We're (hopefully) soon going to have a wonderful device in hand, with
unprecedented capabilities. I don't know well FIC, but they probably don't
have the weight of neither Motorola nor Apple in order to market the product
regardless of its actual performance. So, in order for the Neo to be a
success beyond the hackers' community, it must be a _damned_ good device
and, I mean, both on the hardware side and on the software/UI side.

I've read Sean writing on the tech focus being now on the hardware, and
that's fine... But as good cooking takes time, the UI is something
particularly long to cook. I'd welcome the proposal to appoint a
UI/usability guru - or small working group - for Neo/OpenMoko.


-----Messaggio originale-----
Da: community-bounces at lists.openmoko.org
[mailto:community-bounces at lists.openmoko.org] Per conto di Jose Manrique
Lopez de la Fuente
Inviato: mercoledì 6 giugno 2007 12.13
A: community at lists.openmoko.org
Oggetto: Re: R: Some thoughts about iphone & openmoko

2007/6/6, Fabien <fleutot+openmoko at gmail.com>:
> > To me, GUI usability is probably the most prominent factor of 
> > success in a
> product when it comes to sales.
> To me, it ought to be, but facts prove that it isn't: I've almost 
> never heard a marketing speech focused on this (except for iPhone); 
> and if it were considered critical, I can't believe phone makers 
> couldn't do a bit better than that.

Nokia devices are somekind of reference in usability studies, and Nokia
marketing people always talk about that.

Don't underestimate the power of doing usability studies in handheld devices
to success!

J. Manrique López de la Fuente

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