Amazon.com’s latest version of its ebook reader, Kindle 2 has been making headlines around the world since it’s public release last month. The new version of Kindle has many improvements in its interface and design. However, there are still some usability issues with the product.
I recently read usability review of Kindle 2 by Jakob Nielsen and I agree with most of his arguments about some usability failures of the device.
It is really exciting to see how much potential this devices has in transforming the publishing industry and book readers in coming years. When I tested Kindle 2 I really liked certain aspects of the device and dissapointed with some its design & usability issues.
My suggestion for Kindle engineers is to make the screen touchable just like an iPhone, which will dramatically improve the navigation and usability of the device.
Here are some of things that I liked and disliked about Kindle 2.
- Form: Light Weight and Thin
- Readability: Screen is readable on any angle
- Navigation: Easy to Read & Turn book pages
- Legibility: Adjust Text Size to small to large
- Ergonomics: Anti-reflective & black and white screen reduces eye strain
- Form: Mouse (aka four-way joystick) is very difficult to use
- Readability: Screen area is small, keyboard takes up too much space
- Navigation: Navigating links or table of contents in blogs, newspapers and magazines is not intuitive
- Form: Power On and Off button is clunky, not sure when it is on or off
- Design: The design of the device is not cutting edge
I like dual monitors on my desktop, but I am not sure about this laptop from Lenovo with dual screens…(via)
Really cool mini projector for your iPod, iPhone or any other mobile device. (via)
See it in action:
Recently my computer crashed and it was quite a frustrating experience. When your computer is down, you really lose a lot of productivity. It takes a while to get all your files out of the old computer, setup a new machine or fix the old one, and re-install all the software and setup all settings etc…. One of the things I had to do was to transfer my files from the old hard to the new hardrive. In order to do this, you have to open up the compter box, yank out the the old hard drive and if you know what you are doing you will be lucky to get everything out of it without damaging the old drive. Although I backup most of my files, I still had some files I needed from the old hard drive.
I recently came across these really cool USB Hard Drive Docks that would have made all this much more easier. These USB Docks can also give a new life to your old hard drives which can be setup as an external back up drive. Pretty cool gadget!
Thermaltake USB Hard Drive Docks
Time magazine’s “The Best Inventions Of The Year” has some some of the best creative products and services of this year. There many cool inventions that are listed on the site, such as foldable and stackable cars, a battery that runs on sugar and much more…….
Of course, The Invention of the Year is the iPhone. I couldn’t agree more.