PostPoints tip: Grade gadgets by one-handed usability
Considering which of two gadgets to get? Try going to a store, then picking up and using each one single-handed. If you can't get the device's basic functions to work with one appendage otherwise occupied--for extra credit, with your dominant hand busy--you're likely to find it tricky to use on the go. I've been advocating this rule for a long time, owing to the difficulties I've had trying to use various smartphones in airports and convention centers (longtime readers may recall me criticizing the usability of Windows Mobile phones for this reason), but my experience as a new parent has reminded me of its importance all over again. In particular, look for physical controls for the most common tasks--for instance, volume buttons on phones and MP3 players and mode-select dials on cameras--and be wary of interfaces that require selecting tightly-spaced buttons, links or menu items on a touchscreen.
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