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30 September 2012

On tablet / phone / small screen usage

I’ve tested some devices (smartphone / tablet). Some thoughts:

  • The experience is much poorer than on the PC. Much. I find a good pleasure in navigating HotNews on a PC. On a tablet? Not so much.
  • On the other hand, it is better to be entertained on a tablet / phone than on the PC. At the PC I have two options – fun / work. On a tablet / smartphone, since I’m on the road, and I can’t work on them, I have to pick between various types of fun. Thus, the experience is nicer.
  • A physical keyboard means a lot. So does a mouse.
  • Reading stuff on the tablet goes pretty well, as long as there’s nothing else but text (& some photos).

Technical specifications – are they clear enough?

If I had an online store, I’d look into how the technical specifications are written.

There are ways to write specifications, to make them clearer.

For example, don’t write:

  • Rez. senzor (Mp):14.2

, but, instead, write:

  • Rezoluția senzorului: 14,2 Megapixeli. (?)

Things to do:

  • Avoid abbreviations. Instead of “MP”, write “Megapixels”, or the equivalent word (“Megapixeli”).
  • There is a difference between writing one point two in English and in Romanian: 1.2 (En) vs. 1,2 (Ro). Use this difference.
  • I would love to have, at mouseover, an explanation of what a certain word means.
  • I would try to put the most important technical specifications at the top. You do the work of selecting to the user.
  • Avoid translating, and try to explain the specifications to the user.

Keeping a blog – niche or broad?

Friday I went to Webstock 2012.
Two oppositve views:

  • According to Costin COCIOABĂ, you should find our niche and keep it ruthlessly. Find an idea, plan it, stick to the plan. Răzvan PASCU also focuses on niches.
  • Adrian CIUBOTARU has the opposite approach: he writes on just about any subject. Although more targeted, Cristian CHINA-BIRTA also tends to write on a general note.

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