IxDA iPhone users straw poll

13 Aug 2008 - 12:06pm
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Greg Petroff
2004

Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.

What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
that you did not do before and why?

--Greg

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13 Aug 2008 - 12:13pm
david.shaw6@gma...
2004

Here's my 3:

1. Browsing internet more instead of laptop/desktop (evenings only)
2. Playing quick games
3. Email/text all the time

~david

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 10:06 AM, Petroff, Greg <greg.petroff at sap.com>wrote:

> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
>
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13 Aug 2008 - 12:14pm
SemanticWill
2007

Twitter with other IxDA folks - Alot.

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg <greg.petroff at sap.com> wrote:

> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
>
>
~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

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13 Aug 2008 - 12:20pm
mark ahlenius
2008

Howdy,

1). browsing the internet to various sites
Browsing my my clam shell phone was a royal pain!

2). checking stock with GUI app (vs. calling Tellme)
Didn't have a very fast and easy way to track stocks on my other
phones - unless I called up Tellme

3). Using GPS-related apps - like iWant
Didn't have a GPS phone with great apps which integrated location
with data - iWant is very cool.

A few extras just for good measure:
4). Listen to music - just not a good experience on my other phones

5). Checking email - its so easy to setup for Yahoo or gmail.
Did not have this capability before

6). this should probably be in the top 3! - Downloading and installing
(free) apps. This was always a pain on regular cell phones. the iTunes
store makes it quite simple and very very easy to install.

best

Looking fwd to seeing your tabulated results.
'mark

Petroff, Greg wrote:
> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
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13 Aug 2008 - 12:25pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

1) browsing anywhere, especially looking stuff up in wikipedia
2) playing casual games (aurora feint anyone?)
3) google maps anywhere
4) using location aware apps (urbanspoon, showtimes)

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg <greg.petroff at sap.com> wrote:
> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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13 Aug 2008 - 12:38pm
bekee
2008

1) quickly resolving arguments

2) texting all the time. i need to up my plan soon!

3) (this is my favorite) i once logged into work email, checked
calendar for the day, and called in sick without ever leaving my bed.
that was the best experience ever. :)

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13 Aug 2008 - 12:45pm
Kevin Cheng
2004

> On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg
> <greg.petroff at sap.com> wrote:
>> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>>
>> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your
>> iPhone
>> that you did not do before and why?
>>

1/ Checking email more.
2/ Using maps completely gratuitously
3/ Playing games

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13 Aug 2008 - 1:06pm
Patrick Barrett
2006

1. Email w/o a computer
2. Maps with GPS (got to Ikea the other day without overshooting the exit--first time that happened)
3. Keeping up with the news

--Patrick V. Barrett

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Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.

What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
that you did not do before and why?

--Greg

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13 Aug 2008 - 1:19pm
Scott McDaniel
2007

Communicating effectively instead of w/the grtst ecnmy of ltrs

Instead of trapping myself at my desk for long periods of time, I
check email every now and again in a few minutes, especially if
anticipating something urgent.

Distractions and diversions when I best need them (e.g. music, videos
and games while waiting for the train)

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg <greg.petroff at sap.com> wrote:
> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg

--
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we can reduce them. - Hao He

13 Aug 2008 - 1:21pm
Dave Malouf
2005

I'll give my top 3 items, but to me it isn't so much that I do
"different" things so much as I so much more ENJOY the things that
I do do.

I also think the differences of what people will say will be
determined by what phone/device they were using before. My treo did a
lot of things that I do now on the iPhone (Email and Texting were both
"excellent" and in some ways better), so my experience of moving to
an iPhone is based on that. If I was coming from a RAZR it would be a
substantially different experience, no?

Ok, that being said:
1) Listen to music - I never listened to music on my Treo. It just
didn't integrate well enough (there were hacks) to iTunes.

2) Web browsing - This is really important. I could web browse on
both my treo and my work blackberry (EVDO actually), but it SUCKED to
do so. The web browsing experience of safari kicked it up WAY more
than a notch and the SDK to enable web apps created a whole new
eco-system of iPhone specific apps that I still love (some better
than their AppStore cousins).

3) Use of 3rd party apps - I'm finding I'm just really only using a
few of these, but the fact that it is so easy to explore. I find
myself just exploring apps.

In the end, for the first time in 5 years of using smart phones (and
designing them for part of that time), I have to say I really LOVE my
phone. Yes, it has problems, but so did every other phone I owned.

-- dave

-- dave

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13 Aug 2008 - 2:40pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

Using the stopwatch and countdown timer for cooking, meetings, and timing
activities during field observations.

Listening to podcasts in my car.

Watching my choice of movies on plan flights.

Chauncey

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg <greg.petroff at sap.com> wrote:

> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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13 Aug 2008 - 2:40pm
Joel Eden
2006

1. Feeling connected (email, Olympics results, etc) without turning on
my computer each time (which made it seem like I'm not "there" with
wife and kids).

2. Book reviews and prices while in bookstore.

3. Using a lightsaber with my kids.

4. Showing people my iPhone...

Joel

13 Aug 2008 - 2:55pm
Tori Breitling
2007

1.) using the timer for parking meters, naps, and as a second timer in the
kitchen

2.) checking email without having to be in my home office; surfing
occasionally

3.) Listening to podcasts while working out

4.) Taking spontaneous photos

Tori

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:40 PM, Joel Eden <joel.eden at gmail.com> wrote:

> 1. Feeling connected (email, Olympics results, etc) without turning on
> my computer each time (which made it seem like I'm not "there" with
> wife and kids).
>
> 2. Book reviews and prices while in bookstore.
>
> 3. Using a lightsaber with my kids.
>
> 4. Showing people my iPhone...
>
> Joel
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13 Aug 2008 - 3:06pm
Catriona Lohan-...
2007

~ Photos of shop windows and anything I see that inspires me creatively or otherwise on my way home/lunctimes
~ Checking weather in towns or countries I am in or going to
~ Adding digital notes for myself
~ Checking IMDB details to solve 'discussions'
~ Maps for stores in areas I didn't think I'd be in and plan in advance
~ to 'check on my house' in another city via maps and satelite ;-)
~ Look up things at my clients that I don't want on my history!

Why... cos I can and All I ever wanted was a phone that had text, planner, phone and camera all in one thought I think Apple should have at least delivered the minimum feature set I had with the blackberry I replaced especially cut and paste. I mean they invented the concept. But as Dave says - I love my phone.

On Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at 12:40PM, "Joel Eden" <joel.eden at gmail.com> wrote:
>1. Feeling connected (email, Olympics results, etc) without turning on
>my computer each time (which made it seem like I'm not "there" with
>wife and kids).
>
>2. Book reviews and prices while in bookstore.
>
>3. Using a lightsaber with my kids.
>
>4. Showing people my iPhone...
>
>Joel
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13 Aug 2008 - 3:14pm
SemanticWill
2007

Almost forgot:

Taking pics of brainstorming sessions, wires, workflows, business UCD
process flows done on the whiteboard, napkin, etc - and saving those for
posting to internal wiki for recreation in omnigraffle.

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 4:06 PM, Catriona Lohan-conway <clohanconway at mac.com
> wrote:

> ~ Photos of shop windows and anything I see that inspires me creatively or
> otherwise on my way home/lunctimes
> ~ Checking weather in towns or countries I am in or going to
> ~ Adding digital notes for myself
> ~ Checking IMDB details to solve 'discussions'
> ~ Maps for stores in areas I didn't think I'd be in and plan in advance
> ~ to 'check on my house' in another city via maps and satelite ;-)
> ~ Look up things at my clients that I don't want on my history!
>
> Why... cos I can and All I ever wanted was a phone that had text, planner,
> phone and camera all in one thought I think Apple should have at least
> delivered the minimum feature set I had with the blackberry I replaced
> especially cut and paste. I mean they invented the concept. But as Dave says
> - I love my phone.
>
>
> On Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at 12:40PM, "Joel Eden" <
> joel.eden at gmail.com> wrote:
> >1. Feeling connected (email, Olympics results, etc) without turning on
> >my computer each time (which made it seem like I'm not "there" with
> >wife and kids).
> >
> >2. Book reviews and prices while in bookstore.
> >
> >3. Using a lightsaber with my kids.
> >
> >4. Showing people my iPhone...
> >
> >Joel
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~ will

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13 Aug 2008 - 5:14pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Aug 13, 2008, at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg wrote:

> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?

1) Getting distracted from being present in conversations because I
need to look up an important detail (like what was the character's
name that Rex Harrison played in the original Broadway My Fair Lady
production).

2) Becoming the "did you see the pictures from my trip to Los Osos"
guy at parties.

3) Discovering the many challenges of twittering while your driving on
the highway.

Jared

13 Aug 2008 - 1:52pm
Neil Cadsawan
2008

I've been traveling a bit lately, so I've been:

1. Watching TV shows and movies
2. Maps
3. Browsing online

-Neil

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13 Aug 2008 - 2:10pm
Bonnie E. John
2008

Things I do now:
1. Making three-way calls, because it is so obvious how to do it.
Add-Call button, dial the next number however you usually dial,
Merge-Calls button (in the same place the Add-Call button was). It just
works!
2. Taking pictures with the phone instead of the digital camera in my
backpack, because the iPhone pictures are good enough for most purposes
and they get onto my Mac more often than from the camera (i.e., when I
charge).
3. Adding new people to my contact list, because it is faster to do it
than with any other phone I have had before. The on-screen keyboard is
just so much easier than multi-tap.

Things I can't do anymore and miss:
1. Sending photos from my phone to my kid's phones, because it sends
them in regular email and nobody in my family likes using the email on
the iPhone (all 4 of us have iPhones and, to my knowledge, nobody uses
the email). I sure wish I could send photos phone-to-phone not mediated
through regular email (anybody know how I can do that)?
2. Having a separate ring tone for each person in my family -- sure I
can have different ring tones, but the only one of the default ring
tones I can actually hear is the annoying alarm signal (sounds like an
alarm on a submarine or a fire alarm). I tried distinctive ringtones for
my family, but I missed too many calls from them because I didn't hear
the ring and they all got mad at me. I wish all the sounds could be
turned up louder for us 50+ crowd with failing hearing. (Yes, I did go
to the Apple Store and ask them to help me with this - they said I have
it as loud as it goes.)

Everybody else seems to use the web -- I HATE that because it is so slow
(yes, I have an original iPhone). I only do it when I have no other way
to get to the web.
Many people use email -- I can't stand that because the top 50 are
always spam and I can't search or sort -- again, I would much prefer to
whip out my laptop than struggle with this tiny screen with no searching
or sorting (no, I don't use spam filters and yes, I have a lot of good
reasons not to, but it does make the iPhone unusable for email).
Listen to music, yeah, I do some of that, but it didn't make the top three.

Bonnie

Petroff, Greg wrote:
> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
>
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13 Aug 2008 - 3:45pm
robenslin
2008

Hi Greg,

My three (in no particular order):

1. Micro-blogging (Twitter) - the Twitterrific app allows me to
spontaneously tweet (feels more natural) at any time. Plus, I check tweets
sent by folk I follow all the time. I'm interested in the tweets for news
and interests - seems a natural way to stay tuned.

2. Email (Gmail) - I check and send emails/correspondance in much the same
way I use Twitter, but I use it in a more comprehensive way - greater
detail.

3. Internet (Safari) - random and time-wasting fun and during meetings for
confirmations. News, location-based interactions (Brightkite), wiki
management, and staying in touch with authoritive news feeds.

Cheers,

Rob

2008/8/13 Petroff, Greg <greg.petroff at sap.com>

> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
>
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13 Aug 2008 - 5:30pm
netwiz
2010

On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 13:06:54 -0400, Greg wrote:

>Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
>What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
>that you did not do before and why?

Hmm. Having read a number of the answers, I find that I do many of the
things listed with my Nokia N82, which doesn't have a touch screen.

So what point is being made? That the iphone interface encourages
people to use their phones for a wider variety of activitites than if
they all had N82s? Would you get the same answer from owners of N82s
in general? I also use my N82 for satnav.

Additional point - I don't want a phone or mp3 player with a
touchscreen. I want tactile feedback buttons that I can use by touch.

* Nick Gassman - Usability and Standards Manager - http://ba.com *

13 Aug 2008 - 7:01pm
Janna DeVylder
2006

1. It has replaced my alarm clock. I wake up to the harp every morning.
2. Photo blogging - I post more often than I was, and the grandparents are
happier.
3. Twitter - I didn't use Twitter until I had it.

oh, and hello, Scrabble!

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg <greg.petroff at sap.com> wrote:

> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
>

13 Aug 2008 - 8:35pm
Todd Warfel
2003

In order of use:
1. Use of GPS on things like Google maps, Yelp, and other search
related things.

2. Surfing web and email more often

3. Twitterrific to view and update status, whereas previously I just
texted to 404-40 or whatever the number is

4. Playing Texas Hold 'em (games)

Cheers!

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Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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13 Aug 2008 - 8:24pm
Brad Ty Nunnally
2008

1) Use google maps and gps while walking around a new city.
2) Twitter all the time now.
3) Taking and emailing pictures

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14 Aug 2008 - 12:39am
Bill DeRouchey
2010

Checking Gmail more often, and actually organizing it better.

Checking my bus times from anywhere. This is huge. A local guy in
Portland (Matt King) made a quick Trimet Transit Tracker that scraped
local arrival times into an elegant little iPhone site. Accurate.
Beautiful.

Taking more random little pictures.

Twitter, natch.

Pandora.

Reading news on the bus.

Reading Mark Twain on the bus.

And oddly, using the timer and alarm.

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14 Aug 2008 - 1:52am
Joe Pemberton
2007

When I want to lookup a local business I find that even if I'm sitting at my desk with a web browser, that I will choose to use my iPhone Maps app instead. The reasons are:

1- It's now in my phone history. I can look them up easily again, for directions, for reference on the go.

2- If I want to call them I don't have to dial a phone, it's a link! There is fewer input required.

3- Singularity. There's something less distracting or more fulfilling when you strip down a robust app like Google Maps into the mobile version.

4- It's portable. This point goes back to #1. If something calls me away from my desk I can take my task with me.

14 Aug 2008 - 4:03am
Daniel Williams
2005

1.) Taking mobile pictures and uploading to Facebook
2.) Listening to podcasts and audio books
3.) Always looking out for a nearest plug socket to recharge the thing

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 6:39 AM, Bill DeRouchey <bill.derouchey at gmail.com>wrote:

> Checking Gmail more often, and actually organizing it better.
>
> Checking my bus times from anywhere. This is huge. A local guy in
> Portland (Matt King) made a quick Trimet Transit Tracker that scraped
> local arrival times into an elegant little iPhone site. Accurate.
> Beautiful.
>
> Taking more random little pictures.
>
> Twitter, natch.
>
> Pandora.
>
> Reading news on the bus.
>
> Reading Mark Twain on the bus.
>
> And oddly, using the timer and alarm.
>
>
>
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14 Aug 2008 - 8:09am
.pauric
2006

1) I'm rarely late for meetings now, I have a calendar in my pocket
2) My call charges are down to just less than $100 per year
(honestly!) on my jalibroken iphone t-mobile pay as you go... because
the battery is usually dead when people call... its a cost saving
'feature'!!! (o;
3) the camera is indispensable when we're fleshing out
designs/affinity diagrams/user workflows etc on a whiteboard. I can
pay attention to the conversations without trying to take too many
notes at the same time.

/pauric

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14 Aug 2008 - 8:11am
Dave Malouf
2005

Hi Nick, I wanted to respond to your points:
re: the existence of other smart phones with GPS or LBS. Yup, they
exist and I'm glad they do. The iPhone is more than a smartphone, it
is a converged phone where "music" or "audio" is 1/3 of the
triumvirate. W/o it, it ain't an iPhone, b/c the iPhone (some might
argue) is first and foremost an extension of the iPod series of
devices. So if you don't need audio, it is probably a huge reason to
NOT get an iPhone.

the camera. Forget the 82, I know people using Nokia N95's who
won't get an iPhone due to the "poor" camera. So if that is your
issue, then heck, the iPhone wouldn't be for you.

tactile. I took this issue on with @whitneyhess on her blog a bit
ago. All I have to say is, that tactile is "good" but not better.
The dynamic extension of the screen the ability to toggle
orientation of that screen b/c it is disconnected from the existence
of a physical keyboard, creates a whole collection of functional and
aesthetic design issues that CAN negate the powerful necessity of a
physical keyboard. It is one of many, many tradeoffs that are made in
all phone designs (battery:screen, battery:width, battery:weight,
digitizer type:ruggedness, digitizer type:stylus/glove).

In the end, Greg asked people who CHOSE the iphone to say what they
are doing. There is no doubt there in any consumer market there will
never be a single device that meets the needs or desires of every
user.

I would say that the biggest study/article I saw that tells me that
there is something "different" here about the iPhone is the extreme
difference in web surfing use (not capability) between iPhone users
and other surfing enabled devices including S60, WiMo and Blackberry
(all have or can be upgraded with "good" browsers). There is just
something about the total User experience (part of that is the direct
manipulation of a NUI) that encourages people to want to use it.

1 reason my battery power is lower now than on my Treo is that I'm
USING the iPhone more. My screen-on time is so much more than my
previous iPhone.

I would like to add 1 item to my list, Greg. I am sending more photos
to twitter, facebook & flickr directly from my phone now. I'm using
Twitxr which is email based, but there is something about the quality
of the images the integration with email and the instant ability to
see results on teh web browser or through installed apps that makes
it more engaging.

--dave

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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14 Aug 2008 - 9:27am
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Aug 14, 2008, at 10:09 AM, Denton, Gretchen wrote:

> OMG. Are you a socially irresponsible iPhone user?!

The question was what I did now that I didn't do before. I was always
socially responsible. The iphone lets me be more socially
irresponsible in new ways. It's been a growth opportunity for me.

Jared

14 Aug 2008 - 6:58pm
Ian Fenn
2007

On 13/08/2008 18:06, "Petroff, Greg" wrote:
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your
iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?

I've only had mine for 48 hours, but:

1. Wondering why the battery has run out after two hours despite 3G
and WIFI being switched off.
2. Getting frustrated at mistyping text (sms) messages.
3. Puzzling when a gesture doesn't do what I intended it to, or when
the phone takes seconds to respond, by which time I've repeated the
gesture again.

But I'm assured the experience gets better... I hope.

All the best,

--
Ian Fenn
Certified Usability Analyst
http://www.chopstixmedia.com/

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Posted from the new ixda.org
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14 Aug 2008 - 7:55pm
Anonymous

On 13/08/2008 18:06, "Petroff, Greg" wrote:
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your
iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?

1. Get frustrated at how long it takes for the screen to respond.
2. Get frustrated at how low a percentage of the time the 3G network is
actually available to me
3. Make calls accidentally to people because I've touched the wrong
place o the screen.

Oh yes.. I use it for all the cool stuff too. But iphone love wears rose
coloured glasses.

Alinta Thornton
User Experience Lead

independent digital media
web publishing | marketing+technology services | publisher solutions
Westside, Level 2 Suite C, 83 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW Australia
2015
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14 Aug 2008 - 9:21pm
Aye Moah
2008

1) my laptop stays in the laptop bag overnight. I am not sure why I keep bringing it back home from work.
2) listening to pandora on the car
3) I look up addresses and "dropped pins", so I can find them later on the phone
4) faithfully tracked every penny of my exspenses since I found (iphone optimized) Splurge
5) sending pics of clothes I find at the store to friends for instant feedback
6) checking traffic and weather without booting up the laptop
And
Charging my phone every night

14 Aug 2008 - 9:30pm
Aye Moah
2008

Ohn the formatting didn't come out quite right. And I should add having sore thumbs from typing on it so much.

14 Aug 2008 - 10:45pm
Shaun Bergmann
2007

Unfortunately, being Canadian I don't own an iPhone yet.
However, I've been watching these responses and one of the things that I've
really caught from this list (as well as talking to other iPhone users) is
that the GPS functionality has really made an impact on the users ability to
navigate accurately while driving.

So many of the responses are expectedly referencing how the iPhone has
changed the immediate personal lives and actions of the device owner, ("I
don't miss the turnpike exit anymore") but on a much bigger scale, think
about how a device like this is actually making an impact when the sheer
number of users is taken into account. The GPS functionality seems to be
really well designed and heavily used.

I am completely enamoured with the idea of sustainable interaction design,
and although a pretty much disposable device such as the iPhone misses the
mark in many ways, I love the fact that it has most likely reduced fuel
consumption and emission when its global scale is taken into account.

I would hope that we as a group can always start with the "user's needs",
and then take a step back and picture how our work will affect ALL the
"users" over time.

Shaun

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:35 PM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com>wrote:

> In order of use:
> 1. Use of GPS on things like Google maps, Yelp, and other search related
> things.
>
> 2. Surfing web and email more often
>
> 3. Twitterrific to view and update status, whereas previously I just texted
> to 404-40 or whatever the number is
>
> 4. Playing Texas Hold 'em (games)
>
> Cheers!
>
> Todd Zaki Warfel
> President, Design Researcher
> Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> ----------------------------------
> Contact Info
> Voice: (215) 825-7423
> Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
> Twitter: zakiwarfel
> ----------------------------------
> In theory, theory and practice are the same.
> In practice, they are not.
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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14 Aug 2008 - 11:36pm
Jeff Axup
2006

Top 3 different things:

1) being on time for meetings at work, knowing who I'm meeting, and knowing
how to contact them if plans change. The Exchange service makes all of this
possible.

2) another aspect of Exchange is that I can now get my work email on my
phone, and have it integrated to my calendar etc. That means I can actually
use boring/unproductive time in long meetings for something useful - like
catch up on responding to unread mail. One of my staff says he knows I'm in
a boring meeting when I start responding to questions he had 3 days ago. ;)

3) I find that I'm using twitter far more on the iPhone than I did via the
web site before. I now know more about what random people I distantly know
are up to. I'm still finding out if this is actually useful, but it's more
interesting than watching TV.

-Jeff

________________________________________________________________________________
Jeff Axup, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant, User Design LLC, San Diego

Research: Mobile Group Research Methods, Social Networks, Group Usability
E-mail: axup <at> userdesign.com
Blog: http://mobilecommunitydesign.com
Moblog: http://memeaddict.blogspot.com

"Designers mine the raw bits of tomorrow. They shape them for the present
day." - Bruce Sterling
________________________________________________________________________________

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 8:45 PM, Shaun Bergmann <shaunbergmann at gmail.com>wrote:

> Unfortunately, being Canadian I don't own an iPhone yet.
> However, I've been watching these responses and one of the things that I've
> really caught from this list (as well as talking to other iPhone users) is
> that the GPS functionality has really made an impact on the users ability
> to
> navigate accurately while driving.
>
> So many of the responses are expectedly referencing how the iPhone has
> changed the immediate personal lives and actions of the device owner, ("I
> don't miss the turnpike exit anymore") but on a much bigger scale, think
> about how a device like this is actually making an impact when the sheer
> number of users is taken into account. The GPS functionality seems to be
> really well designed and heavily used.
>
> I am completely enamoured with the idea of sustainable interaction design,
> and although a pretty much disposable device such as the iPhone misses the
> mark in many ways, I love the fact that it has most likely reduced fuel
> consumption and emission when its global scale is taken into account.
>
> I would hope that we as a group can always start with the "user's needs",
> and then take a step back and picture how our work will affect ALL the
> "users" over time.
>
> Shaun
>
>
> On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:35 PM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com
> >wrote:
>
> > In order of use:
> > 1. Use of GPS on things like Google maps, Yelp, and other search related
> > things.
> >
> > 2. Surfing web and email more often
> >
> > 3. Twitterrific to view and update status, whereas previously I just
> texted
> > to 404-40 or whatever the number is
> >
> > 4. Playing Texas Hold 'em (games)
> >
> > Cheers!
> >
> > Todd Zaki Warfel
> > President, Design Researcher
> > Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> > ----------------------------------
> > Contact Info
> > Voice: (215) 825-7423
> > Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> > AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> > Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
> > Twitter: zakiwarfel
> > ----------------------------------
> > In theory, theory and practice are the same.
> > In practice, they are not.
> >
> >
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
> >
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> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
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>

15 Aug 2008 - 12:49am
k lenox
2006

Having a Sidekick II prior to the iPhone, I heavily used text/email,
internet surfing, calendar, contacts, and games. What's changed:

1) Maps - Use them to give directions to strangers, directions to
events and driving cross country (used to locate grocery stores, etc).

2) Clock feature while traveling - I don't trust hotel clocks.

3) Watching/listening to podcasts. Play music in my car on long
drives. My iPod never leaves the house now - it's my "home stereo".

4) Take and upload more photos to Flickr. The camera isn't great, but
it's better than the Sidekick II.

-Kim Lenox

15 Aug 2008 - 7:06am
Patrick Barrett
2006

What I think is most interesting about this straw poll is the number of respondents who choose not to follow these simple instructions:

"What are the top *3 things* you find yourself doing now with your iPhone"

If people on this list won't follow user instructions then who will?

--Patrick V. Barrett

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of Shaun Bergmann
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 10:45 PM
To: Todd Zaki Warfel
Cc: IxDA List
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] IxDA iPhone users straw poll

Unfortunately, being Canadian I don't own an iPhone yet.
However, I've been watching these responses and one of the things that I've
really caught from this list (as well as talking to other iPhone users) is
that the GPS functionality has really made an impact on the users ability to
navigate accurately while driving.

So many of the responses are expectedly referencing how the iPhone has
changed the immediate personal lives and actions of the device owner, ("I
don't miss the turnpike exit anymore") but on a much bigger scale, think
about how a device like this is actually making an impact when the sheer
number of users is taken into account. The GPS functionality seems to be
really well designed and heavily used.

I am completely enamoured with the idea of sustainable interaction design,
and although a pretty much disposable device such as the iPhone misses the
mark in many ways, I love the fact that it has most likely reduced fuel
consumption and emission when its global scale is taken into account.

I would hope that we as a group can always start with the "user's needs",
and then take a step back and picture how our work will affect ALL the
"users" over time.

Shaun

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:35 PM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com>wrote:

> In order of use:
> 1. Use of GPS on things like Google maps, Yelp, and other search related
> things.
>
> 2. Surfing web and email more often
>
> 3. Twitterrific to view and update status, whereas previously I just texted
> to 404-40 or whatever the number is
>
> 4. Playing Texas Hold 'em (games)
>
> Cheers!
>
> Todd Zaki Warfel
> President, Design Researcher
> Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> ----------------------------------
> Contact Info
> Voice: (215) 825-7423
> Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
> Twitter: zakiwarfel
> ----------------------------------
> In theory, theory and practice are the same.
> In practice, they are not.
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>
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15 Aug 2008 - 8:10am
Scott McDaniel
2007

Well, crap...now you make me wish I had done fifteen.

Scott

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 8:06 AM, Patrick Barrett
<Patrick at bazaarvoice.com> wrote:
> What I think is most interesting about this straw poll is the number of respondents who choose not to follow these simple instructions:
>
> "What are the top *3 things* you find yourself doing now with your iPhone"
>
> If people on this list won't follow user instructions then who will?
>
> --Patrick V. Barrett
>

--
The lesson here is that we cannot remove artificial dependencies, but
we can reduce them. - Hao He

15 Aug 2008 - 8:23am
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Aug 15, 2008, at 8:06 AM, Patrick Barrett wrote:

> What I think is most interesting about this straw poll is the number
> of respondents who choose not to follow these simple instructions:
>
> "What are the top *3 things* you find yourself doing now with your
> iPhone"
>
> If people on this list won't follow user instructions then who will?

Isn't one of the tenets of Interaction Design to extend the boundaries
of current practice and behavior to explore new options?

I would think this behavior is right inline with what one would expect
from IxDers.

Jared

15 Aug 2008 - 9:02am
Dave Malouf
2005

Along Jared's lines, I always see "requirements" as a point of
analysis to distinguish between manifest suggestions and true latent
requirements.

Basically, there are not requirements, only guidelines or
suggestions.

;-)

BTW, there has been press on the battery & more importantly the chip
issues of the 3G version of the iPhone and that Apple will be
distributing a new update sometime this or next month to deal with
these issues.

Is this the first time in Apple history where the 1.0 was "better"
than the 2.0?

-- dave

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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13 Aug 2008 - 1:20pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

On Aug 13, 2008, at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg wrote:

> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?

1. Email anywhere (even from a tent).
2. Web access anywhere (ditto).
3. SMS (I never used it on previous phones.)

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

Simplicity is not the goal.
It is the by-product of a good idea
and modest expectations.

- Paul Rand

15 Aug 2008 - 6:16pm
cfmdesigns
2004

>On Aug 13, 2008, at 1:06 PM, Petroff, Greg wrote:
>
>> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
>> that you did not do before and why?

1. E-mail anywhen. (Not just anywhere, but when I walk from my office to the bathroom or to get coffee or in the morning for a couple minutes just after breakfast, I pull up my e-mail and read as I walk. Even if I only get through 3-4 messages at a shot that way, it's time spent on something, and it lessens the email load later.)

2. Staying up to date and participative on the IxDA list. Ever since being gone to Ireland for 7 work days in Feb/Mar, I've not been able to deal with current posts on the list, wanting to go through my backlog first (hah! I delete anything in that more than a certain age, and I still have 500 items!). I'm now trimming the backlog from the front instead of the back.

3. Dance choreography. Just having the speakers has made it somehow okay to start a song playing, put the phone in my pocket or on the desk, and work on the choreography; I could have done this before with earbuds and an iPod, but I didn't, for whatever reason.

(4. I've only had mine for a week now. I'll begin to make more PDA-type uses of it in the coming weeks, I'm sure.)

-- Jim

17 Aug 2008 - 11:37am
usabilitymedic
2008

1) carry my up to thw minute To Do list with me...did this before but
no where near as efficiently.

2) EFFICIENT addressing of email. I no longer need to spend each
evening going throu in excess of 150 emails (from about 8 email
accounts)...answering, archiving, etal thanks to Apple's fabulous mail
client amd my iPhone.

I use Mail's rules to automatically archive many of my subscription
emails (for example, these discussions) on my laptop.

This enables real time reading and responding to the discussion during
the day or on the train without the need to archive the threads when I
get home.

At home I can just address the regular emails and be done.

If I ever want to follow up on an email subscription's content, I
simply forward of to myself, quickly delete it from the iPhone and
it's waiting for me on my laptop when I get home to follow up on.

3) Play Scrabble anytime anywhere. (although the app is disappointing).

Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 13, 2008, at 1:06 PM,"Petroff, Greg" <greg.petroff at sap.com>
wrote:

> Quick straw poll question for list members who have iPhones.
>
> What are the top 3 things you find yourself doing now with your iPhone
> that you did not do before and why?
>
>
> --Greg
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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18 Aug 2008 - 8:43am
Todd Warfel
2003

Perhaps we're intelligent enough to know that "instructions" are more
like guidelines and we take them with some liberty.

On Aug 15, 2008, at 8:06 AM, Patrick Barrett wrote:

> If people on this list won't follow user instructions then who will?

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
----------------------------------
Contact Info
Voice: (215) 825-7423
Email: todd at messagefirst.com
AIM: twarfel at mac.com
Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
Twitter: zakiwarfel
----------------------------------
In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they are not.

18 Aug 2008 - 9:33am
Phil C
2008

1. Browsing
2. Managing Contacts
3. Checking traffic thru Maps before I leave work to identify the most efficient route home.

runner up at 4th is Downloading free apps, playing with them, deleting them

My main objective was to use it to keep a portable calendar, but I'm struggling with finding the best way to manage my calendar - syncing iCal with work, client and home calendaring systems. Which just goes to show, even the most usable systems can get hung up by interactions between diverse systems.

18 Aug 2008 - 5:04pm
usabilitymedic
2008

I had my iPhone for weeks before I put any music on it and have only
listened once.

Having audio,while nice, didn't factor into the purchase decision at
all.

I bought it for everything else it does and b/c I knew it would have a
better UX than my previous "not-so-smart"phone :)

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 14, 2008, at 6:11 AM, David Malouf <dave at ixda.org> wrote:

> Hi Nick, I wanted to respond to your points:
> re: the existence of other smart phones with GPS or LBS. Yup, they
> exist and I'm glad they do. The iPhone is more than a smartphone, it
> is a converged phone where "music" or "audio" is 1/3 of the
> triumvirate. W/o it, it ain't an iPhone, b/c the iPhone (some might
> argue) is first and foremost an extension of the iPod series of
> devices. So if you don't need audio, it is probably a huge reason to
> NOT get an iPhone.
>
> the camera. Forget the 82, I know people using Nokia N95's who
> won't get an iPhone due to the "poor" camera. So if that is your
> issue, then heck, the iPhone wouldn't be for you.
>
> tactile. I took this issue on with @whitneyhess on her blog a bit
> ago. All I have to say is, that tactile is "good" but not better.
> The dynamic extension of the screen the ability to toggle
> orientation of that screen b/c it is disconnected from the existence
> of a physical keyboard, creates a whole collection of functional and
> aesthetic design issues that CAN negate the powerful necessity of a
> physical keyboard. It is one of many, many tradeoffs that are made in
> all phone designs (battery:screen, battery:width, battery:weight,
> digitizer type:ruggedness, digitizer type:stylus/glove).
>
> In the end, Greg asked people who CHOSE the iphone to say what they
> are doing. There is no doubt there in any consumer market there will
> never be a single device that meets the needs or desires of every
> user.
>
> I would say that the biggest study/article I saw that tells me that
> there is something "different" here about the iPhone is the extreme
> difference in web surfing use (not capability) between iPhone users
> and other surfing enabled devices including S60, WiMo and Blackberry
> (all have or can be upgraded with "good" browsers). There is just
> something about the total User experience (part of that is the direct
> manipulation of a NUI) that encourages people to want to use it.
>
> 1 reason my battery power is lower now than on my Treo is that I'm
> USING the iPhone more. My screen-on time is so much more than my
> previous iPhone.
>
> I would like to add 1 item to my list, Greg. I am sending more photos
> to twitter, facebook & flickr directly from my phone now. I'm using
> Twitxr which is email based, but there is something about the quality
> of the images the integration with email and the instant ability to
> see results on teh web browser or through installed apps that makes
> it more engaging.
>
> --dave
>
>
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Posted from the new ixda.org
> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=31985
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
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