12 September 2008
As my own small contribution to the literature on featuritis, here’s a personal illustration. My mobile phone isn’t anything fancy. It’s cheap and very basic by today’s standards. No internet, no camera, no MP3 player. I bought it because all I wanted to do was to make calls and send texts.
So here’s a list of what my “simple” Nokia 1100 can do, and what I actually do with it.
Features that I have:
Features that I use:
Reducing the phone to this very limited feature set, one could dispense with the menu entirely and have a simple toggle between phone and text modes. Even better, work out a way invoking these functions implicitly rather than explicitly.
In its favour, the phone lasts more days on a single battery charge than most fancy smartphones will last hours, as the 74% of Japanese iPhone users that carry it as a second phone (broken link) could probably testify.
Adrian Short works to get people the information they need, when they need it, in a way that they can understand.