InUse is offering a free Apple iPhone usability report online (pdf) which asks “Does the iPhone live up to its hype?”
InUse pitted Apple’s iPhone running Apple’s OS X against:
• HTC TyTN – Windows Mobile 6
• Sony Ericsson W910i – Linux
• Nokia N95 – Symbian S60
Five people with different usage patterns when it comes to mobile phones were invited to perform the test. Each person was given five minutes to play around with each device before the actual test started. The tasks that the users were asked to perform were: make a call by dialing a number manually and then by calling a person from the address book, change volume during a call add a new contact to the address book, create a new calendar event, set the alarm, compose and send a text message, put the phone in silent mode, and take a picture and send it to a person in the address book.
InUse reports, “After the users had completed all tasks, they were asked which phone they would prefer to use, should they choose today. Four persons picked the iPhone and one the Sony Ericsson W910i. In terms of subjective preference, this means that the iPhone won by wide margins. The Sony Ericsson came in second place and the Nokia third. Most of the subjects did not mention the HTC at all when speaking of which device they would prefer.”
InUse reports, “Looking at actual performance, four users were able to carry out all tasks without any help from the test leader while using the iPhone. The fifth person needed help to find the back-key in the upper left corner of the screen to step back in the interface. He also had problems making a call using the address book, trying to find a green phone icon to push.”
MacDailyNews Take: Windows sufferer.
InUse reports, “The iPhone aims for the stars, and the expectations are incredibly high. However, from what we have seen in this initial test, it manages very well. Crucial everyday actions are intuitive and effective to carry out, at least better implemented than with competing mobile device conventions. The iPhone also seduces with its glossy interface and bright screen. So – yes. The iPhone does live up to the hype!”
The full report is available via InUse (pdf, 1MB) here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Herr Chang” for the heads up.]