How should we design apps differently for tablets and smartphones?

21 Jul 2011 - 9:42pm
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Sachendra
2005

Tablets are larger and a better form factor for browsing and reading while smartphones can best handle immediate needs and entertainment. That said, how different should an app be that is being deployed on both platforms and what guidelines should be followed?

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22 Jul 2011 - 2:05am
Jim Ungar
2006

Design for the end user. period

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 11:48 PM, Sachendra <sachendra@gmail.com> wrote:

Tablets are larger and a better form factor for browsing and reading while smartphones can best handle immediate needs and entertainment. That said, how different should an app be that is being deployed on both platforms and what guidelines should be followed?

22 Jul 2011 - 2:08am
Sachendra
2005

I'm afraid it's a little more complicated than that. Any product should be designed for the end user be it a mobile app, washing machine or a shoe.

23 Jul 2011 - 4:28am
Sachendra
2005
22 Jul 2011 - 5:37am
holger_maassen
2010

Hi Sachendra,

up to now I have developed just a few thinks for smartphones and tablets. 

But if you like to know more about that topic and its "secrets" how to deal with the various, different, unique and common features and characteristics you should read a few thing written by Josj Clark. http://www.slideshare.net/joshclark and one or two of his presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/joshclark/sxsw-ipad-design-headaches-take-two-tablets-and-call-me-in-the-morning and perhaps his latest book.

The guiding elements are your goal and task, your user his device and goal ... etc.

finally one of my older articles: http://ux4dotcom.blogspot.com/2009/10/user-behavior-of-mobile-devices-and.html

good luck and success!

holger

23 Jul 2011 - 4:29am
Sachendra
2005

Thanks holger

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