I have always been a great fan of the Blackberry from RIM with its mobile email and its full QWERTY keyboard but it was always so bulky. So when I got the chance to upgrade to the sleek and slim Blackberry Pearl I thought it was worth a go. I read some great reviews of the product too. But the slim style comes at a price – a new style QWERTY keyboard with two alpha letters on each key instead of one. But for me in terms of usability it’s a disaster.
Christian Kreutz pulls together 4 examples of highly creative use of mobile phones in Africa in News Reporting, Financing, Health Care and Trading showing that necessity really is the mother of invention!
A fascinating research report (April 2006) by Hans Geser of Zurich University on the use of mobile phones by pre-teens suggesting that they make a bigger impact on behaviour than previously thought and some surprising male-female usage differences.
In a competitive and crowded market for mobile devices and collaboration software a trap for new entrants is to try to do all things well: this goes against the timeless design principle of cohesion.
Always-on mobile devices need supporting etiquette. A few years back The Economist ran a short article “Think before you talk” on how Ideo (the designers behind the Palm Pilot and Microsoft Mouse) developed 5 prototype “social mobiles”.....
For the mobile industry, waiting for people to use the net via their phone has been like waiting for a bus that never comes. That’s according to Dan Simmons reporting for BBC Click Online (15 Sept 2006).
I am the proud owner of a 3G mobile smartphone which does everything imaginable except make good phone calls.