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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mobile phone usability and design: we talk to MobiWire and Doro at Mobile World Congress

Mark Bridge writes:

The mobile user interface seems to fall in and out of fashion. Nokia and Apple have both transformed the mobile UI in previous years… but still the challenge of creating the ‘perfect’ user interface design remains.

This focus on mobile usability is the main topic of today’s special podcast, which includes Chris Millington of Doro UK and Jérôme Nadel from MobiWire.

MobiWire, better known as mobile manufacturer Sagem Wireless until earlier this month, has a new direction as well as a new name. Jerome Nadel, who’s Executive Vice President of User Experience and Marketing at the company, discusses the company’s departure from mobile manufacturing and its move into ‘connected consumer electronics’. He goes on to explain how usability encourages usage (and therefore generates revenue) before describing MobiWire’s new ‘Surface’ Android user experience.

“The brilliance of Apple with ‘There’s an app for that’ is becoming passé because you don’t need to have all of these monolithic apps that you go to; the service that they provide should come to you”, he says.

In my conversation with Chris Millington, MD for Doro UK and Ireland, we talk about the features that make mobile phones better-suited to older customers.

“It’s not really about old people, it’s about providing solutions that they require as they age”, he says. “Design is something very important to this user group; they don’t want to be seen as special. They appreciate nice design.”

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