I have always found it curious as to why Nokia is held up as the leader in UI for the mobile phone market. Having had to help numerous less tech savvy folks with thier basic Nokia phones I have found thier use of a single modal action button, inconsistant back buttons, deep menus, no ability to see the list of options etc. to be less than user friendly. I personally consider Nokia to only be one step better than Motorola in thier interfaces.
Sanyo, Sony and the other consumer electronics companies are way better overall in thier ability to simply enable the user to move through the phone. They too have thier flaws.
I am guessing that the simple fact that they are first to beat Motorola in the late 80's and early 90's in ease of use and a huge market player globally (as well as some marketing on thier part) drives this perception of leadership.
Does this mean that they should be used as a standard?
Possibly. I would argue that thier continuing loss of market share and the convergance of new functions like cameras, organizers, and messaging prevent them from being able to be used as a "standard" but simply as one point of evaluation when designing a phone interface.
> From: David Heller <dave at interactiondesigners.com>
> Subject: RE: [ID Discuss] Nokia UI the 'standard' for handheld devices?
> Sent: 08 Jun 2004 11:55:52
> my issue here is not
> whether Nokia does good work or not, and is worth "copying" or being inspired
> by, but that Nokia is a 'standard'.
> Qualcomm, Motorola,
> and Samsung to name a few might have something to say about that. Maybe outside
> the US Nokia is more of a standard, but here in the US, Nokia has become one of
> many vendors and styles. There is no one close to being a winner here, so saying
> anyone is a 'standard' feels, well
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