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Mobile Devices - What things do you consider in usability tests?

 
Saeed Iqbal
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Hello to all,
I have read some articles about what things to consider for usability testings for Mobile devices, cellphones and/or pda's.
In addition to that, it'ld be great from all the fellow J2ME programmers to know their input. Regarding what tasks or tests would one have to do to properly test the application on their cellphone. From your recent/past projects and applications in this field.
thanks again - this is my first post
regards
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[ June 04, 2003: Message edited by: American Cali ]
 
Andres Gonzalez
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un colombiano por aca!? milagrazo!
 
Greg Schwartz
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I would recommend checking out Micro Java Network (www.microjava.com. If you register with Micro Java you should be able to get their certifcation and style guide. These pdf documents outline some of the testing requirements that they look for when certifying applications for Nextel/Motorola. If you can't find this info on their site, try to have a Micro Java employee send you those files.
Also, a Java Ranch moderator will probably ask you to switch your user name to a regular first and last name so you may want to take care of that on this site's user preferences section.
Hope this helps,
Greg
 
Andres Gonzalez
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If you're talking about usability testing, I sort of had to do one a while ago, we had a user with some experience with a mobile device and gave him the application to use it. A friend of mine and I were sitting behind him and checking how he was behaving (how he *navigated*, how he understood the terminology, documentation, etc..)..
I think defining what you really wanna test is a MUST, otherwise you will be testing something without knowing what you expect to achieve. So questions like: easy to navigate? is it fun to use?, are valuable.
HTH and welcome ;-)
 
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