Tag Archive: Mobile

Infobar – mobile UI

Fascinating take on mobile UI with some nice touches – I’m a big fan of nested content and the open/close on the accordians is really neat.

What future for Nokia?

Nokia handsets are designed for the pre-iPhone era. In their day, great and with sales to match (1.3 billion) but times have changed dramatically. The iPhone, Android handsets and now Windows Phone 7 have crossed the rubicon and helped to create a new era of mobile use, where the phone/device does many things – camera, email, instant messaging oh and the odd phone call. And, once a customer has crossed over, they won’t be going back.

Promises are being made by Nokia and an acquaintance of mine heads up their UI and UX, so have a listen/watch of Nokia’s Marko Ahtisaari, I’m underwhelmed by what he had to say sadly. With no product, promises of a new design pattern and drawing on old, tired Europe vs US battlelines, my gut reaction is that Nokia has buried its corporate head in the sand and thinks that its market share will buy it enough time to catch up with Apple, Google and Microsoft, and that everyone is waiting for what Nokia has to offer.

I’m unconvinced, the lifecycle i.e. how quickly people change their handsets means that by 2011 the new Nokia UX/UI design could well be irrelevant as customers have moved to other manufacturers and platforms, and winning people back is much harder than getting them the first time. 2010 could well be the jumping of the shark for the Finnish mobile giant.

Paranoid Android

My encounters to date with Android phones have left me with a distinct sense of “meh” up until the point when I watched this video and suddenly, my love grip on the iPhone started to loosen. One of my colleagues has declared himself as “over” the iPhone and wants a Nexus One handset instead, to which my reply was ‘cool, one less competitor for the iPhone 4’, which I’ll probably never get.

The way in which the iPhone is now the centre of my digital life still surprises me. From being an alarm clock, through checking email and Twitter, running as an iPod for my journey to work, becoming (shock) a phone and email client at work, through the odd bout of FourSquare, back to being an iPod for the journey home and a final swipe across emails before converting back to being an alarm clock (oh and camera at weekends and some weekdays when I come across something interesting), my iPhone ranks alongside my wallet in the final pre-door check.

So much so, that two attempts to switch back to my shiny new Nokia E71 have been met with complete withdrawal shock. It helps to make the things I need and like to do easier, the Nokia just makes everything impossibly slow and painful.

My mobile device is now my main point of contact – voice, email, web etc. I’m perfectly happy with that and my desire for iPhone 4 is driven mainly by a) shiny newness b) screen resolution (almost forgot my book reading on iPhone also) and c) speed.

So why has Android intervened and tugged on my virtual sleeve? Futher simplicity. I ping things back and forth all the time between multiple laptops and phone and more often than not, keeping track is a pain in the arse. With Chrome to Phone, Google has erased one minor but consistent irritation in my day-to-day digital life.

Is it enough to swap? Probably not but it’s certainly caught my interest. Over to you Steve, the game really is on now.

Nokia is keeping the rollout pace of its Comes With Music initiative in high gear with announcements coming out of Midem about plans for the Far East, Australia, the US and beyond.

> More from C|Net.

You’re trudging through Liverpool Street station, it’s Thursday, not even Friday dammit, and the then this breaks out…

Simple addition to the Life’s For Sharing campaign by T-Mobile, brilliantly executed.

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