Aaron Brethorst

Round peg in a square hole, rabid generalist.

Joel on Unusable Mobile Phones

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Joel Spolsky rips into Sprint’s new LG Fusic phone:

All the “tipping point” theories in the world won’t protect Sprint from the basic truth that the LG Fusic user interface could basically serve as an almost complete textbook for a semester-long course in user interface design, teaching students of usability exactly what NOT to do.

I’ve always been a little (ok, a lot) skeptical about the value of convergence in the mobile device space. It sounds great in principal, especially considering that I carry a DS Lite, iPod 15GB, and a T-Mobile MDA with me everywhere. Of course, in practicality, I’ve never been quite satisfied with the music or games experience on my phone, and I’ll be damned if I ever try sidetalking into my DS.

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