Smartphone form factor’s impact on usability and user satisfaction

In a previous TechRepublic column, Debra Shinder stated that hardware design and features are some of the many criteria that you should consider when deciding which smartphone model is best for you. This time, Debra takes a deeper dive into smartphone form factors and discuss how much the form factor impacts the phone’s usability and the user’s satisfaction with the user experience.

Many people seem to be enjoying their hefty smartphones, but some tech analysts predict that the next “big thing” is going to be a trend back toward smaller smartphones.
The other backlash is represented by Microsoft’s advertising campaign theme for its new Windows Phone 7 phones: “It’s time for a phone to save us from our phones.” The idea is that smartphones have become too cumbersome and that people are spending too much time and energy on their phones. Simplicity was often cited as the iPhone’s biggest selling point, and if we do indeed go back to using our phones for more basic tasks — voice calls, email, text messaging, quick tweets or Facebook updates, playing music — and offload more complicated activities — composing or editing documents, browsing the web, watching videos — to larger devices such as tablets, our phones can shrink in size again. Another point is that if we’re going to be carrying around a phone and a tablet, a smaller phone size becomes more desirable.

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