Larger screens and tablets make navigation easy, but for smaller devices it's another story, especially if the layout is different.
You know the drill, having mastered the software on a desktop, you then have to repeat the process on mobile devices. I'll try this button, oops not that one, swipe left, oh wait I know it's here.. somewhere! On it goes. So after becoming familiar with the layout and functions on one device, should you then have to learn it again on another?
Different screen sizes present two options for developers:
- Use a consistent user interface with pinch & zoom.
- Have a responsive design or native interface that matches the device size.
What gives users the edge when operating software is navigation understanding i.e. where to next, how it works. If they know and understand the click layout, they don't have to relearn how to navigate the system.
Consistent user interfaces.
On desktops & touch screens:
|Larger touch screen|
|Android smart phone|
|Apple iPad Tablet|
A consistent user interface has clear advantages:
- Pinch & zoom is well understood.
- It's ingrained in all modern devices.
- Offers the benefit of speed across all devices.
Last month we looked at the system differences in the three categories of point of sale systems.
This post gives an insight as to why we allow pinch & zoom across all devices and screen sizes.