This is the monthly archive for January 2010.
Well, a new year has started, and it’s tradition to give an overview of where you’re standing. So here’s mine.
As longtime readers may remember, I was totally burned out at the end of both 2007 and 2008. I’m happy to report that that trend has been broken; although I was glad to have a little holiday at the end of 2009, I returned to work without noticeable problems. So that’s good.
However, I have decided that certain aspects of my professional life are in need of a change; notably my public speaking and my compatibility tables.
Last Friday I found evidence for increasing confusion about what
the HTML5 spec actually is. I don’t have any doubts
on that score: HTML5 is anything you want it to be as long as it’s new and cool.
B. is an old friend of mine who owns an old Nokia. And when I say old, I mean really
old. It was released somewhere in 2000 or so (the Nokia, not the friendship).
It’s not a smartphone, to put it mildly, and B. does not use the mobile Web.
Pretty soon, however, B. is going to spend a few months in the outlying parts of Indonesia, and
during that time he has to be able to access his business bank account. He was wondering if
a modern mobile phone would fit this use case, and, if so, which one.
When he told me all that I whipped out my iPhone. “Something
like this, you mean?” He was suitably impressed, and when I told him I regularly have six
to twelve phones lying around on my desk he practically begged for an opportunity to come by and
try them all in order decide what kind of phone he wants.
That was of course fine by me. User testing is never to be despised, and since B. is not
technical and has no experience with touchscreens to speak of, he is the perfect
Last week we held our session, and this entry is the report.
Tested phones: Nokia N97, Samsung M1, HTC Touch Pro (Windows Mobile), SonyEricsson W960i,
Nokia E71, BlackBerry 9500, HTC Pioneer (Android), LG M900, Nokia N900, iPhone.