So, there’s this Texas-based usability consulting firm called Perceptive Sciences. They just released the results of a test that put the Apple iPhone heads-up with the Nokia N95 and HTC Touch in a usability battle. The winner? Apple iPhone.
The results are sure to rile up the iPhone-haters out there, but the results speak for themselves.
Perceptive Sciences conducted the test with only 10 participants. The subjects had never used the iPhone, N95, or Touch and were asked to make a phone call, set the phone to vibrate, add a number to the contacts list, take a picture, and send an email. Scientists recorded how long it took to complete each task and ranked each trial with a score between 1 and 5.
The iPhone earned a score of 4.6, the HTC Touch nabbed a 3.6, while the Nokia N95 only got a 3.2. Testers were [typically] about twice as fast doing specific tasks on the iPhone, which is pretty remarkable,” said senior research scientist Tom Thornton.
It should be noted that the iPhone trumped the N95 in all categories except “functionality.” With GPS, 3G, and a 5megapixel camera, we’re not surprised.
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