Usability of iPad

Jakob Nielsen has run some usability testing on the iPad.  His findings are reminiscent of usability issues uncovered in the early 90’s, such as:

  • Which items are clickable is not clear
  • Inconsistent behavior of different applications make learning difficult
  • The interface is a ‘scaled up’ version of the iPhone and people forget about the tab at the bottom of the screen so they don’t use it
  • People want more choices than simply wiping the screen to go to the next page when reading
  • Screen elements are sometimes too small for people to touch and use

Nielsen’s summary reads:

“iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures. An overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles cause further usability problems.”

Nielsen’s article on

Usability of iPad and Websites PDF (free download)

5 thoughts on “Usability of iPad

  1. occasionally and I’m happy to report this recent information is frankly rather good and enormously more desirable than half the various other poor quality stuff I read today

  2. This blog seems to get a large ammount of visitors. How do you get traffic to it? It gives a nice unique twist on things. I guess having something useful or substantial to say is the most important factor.

  3. Thanks very much for your brilliant blog;this is actually the words that keeps me awake with the day. I’ve been searching around for this internet site when i heard about them from the colleague and was happy when i was able to find it following trying to find long time. Being a avid blogger, I’m happy to see others taking initivative and contributing to the community. Just wanted to comment to exhibit my approval for your website as it is incredibly energizing, and many bloggers do not get appreciation they deserve. I am sure I’ll go to once again and will spread the term to my buddies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.