Mobile Usability : How Nokia Changed the Face of the Mobile Phone: How Nokia Changed the Face of the Mobile Phone

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jun 19, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 301 pages
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When it comes to delivering product design innovations to mobile device users, Nokia is the yardstick by which all others are judged. Now the process and working methods that have enabled Nokia to revolutionize usability are fully explained for the first time in this beautiful, four-color book.

Written with insight by two veterans of Nokia's design triumphs (co-author Christian Lindholm was featured in the August 2002 issue of Business 2.0 magazine)this one-of-a-kind reference vividly delivers:


* The complete design process, from concept creation to product testing
* The future of small interfaces
* Usability engineering in practice in the mobile environment
* The elements of a Nokia User Interface
* First person accounts of the product development cycle

Learn the processes that helped Nokia develop the world's most desirable handheld

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It is not so often that one gets a chance to read a book about mobile phones in book markets.It can be surmised that it has something to do with the techincal nature of mobile phone devices.The launch of "Mobile Usability" has changed that perception.The general impression created by this book is that it appears more like a Nokia mobile phone manual.
It might be due to the fact that two of its authors Mr.Turkka Keinonen and Mr.Harri Kiljander have done developmental works for Nokia.There are a lot of practical examples in this book.For example-for a chapter
"Indian needs-cultural end-user research in Mumbai" researchers took pains to experience Indian environment and met the people in order to understand their needs as well as expectations.This four part book has lived to its expectations.Part 1 tackles essential questions related to mobile user interface designs.Part 2 speaks about Indian mobile phone market which is perhaps the biggest and the fastest mobile phone market in the world.It is no wonder that Nokia mobile phone are the most cherished mobile phone in world's largest democracy.Recommendation:This is a good book for everybody who uses a mobile phone.
 

Contents

User Interface Styles
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Takeout Menu The Elements of a Nokia Mobile User Interface
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The Navikey Story
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Christian Lindholm has been instrumental in driving Nokia User Interfaces to their current level of usability, recognized as the benchmark in the industry and appreciated by hundreds of million people worldwide during the past 8 years. He is the inventor of the Navi-key user interface, the most deployed user interface in electronics. He is also the father of the Nokia Series 60 user interface used in Nokia smartphones and licensed by key players in the industry. Mr. Lindholm holds a masters degree in economics and has done research in design management and new product development. He also holds several patents in the field. Currently he is managing an internal Nokia venture.

Dr. Turkka Keinonen, Doctor of Arts, works as a professor in the School of Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH. His teaching and research interests lie in user-centered design and product concept creation. Mr. Keinonen has designed paper machinery for Metso corporation. He has consulted for Finnish National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health (STAKES) in several EU projects aiming at mainstreaming information technologies. In his doctoral thesis in 1998, Keinonen studied the influence of usability on consumers' product preference. From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Keinonen worked in the usability group of Nokia Research Center, where he led several concept creation projects. He was nominated the designer of the year 2000 in Finland for his merits in user-centered design.

Harri Kiljander works as the Director, User Interfaces, at Nokia Mobile Phones. During the period 1995 to 1997 he worked as a senior research engineer and interaction designer at Nokia Research Center, where he participated in a number of mobile device user interface concept creation and research projects. Since 1998 he has worked at Nokia Mobile Phones in various usability engineering and user interface management positions. Mr. Kiljander has a masters degree in computer science, a licentiate degree in interactive digital media, and he is currently finalizing his doctoral thesis in mobile device usability. He holds a number of patents in the domain of small device user interfaces.

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