Apps vs The Web

An app is a specialized tool, like a wrist watch. Apps thrive on mobile because people on the go have short bursts of time to accomplish tasks. Waiting in line at a bank, you only have a few seconds to check your mail.

via Apps vs The Web.

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The best part about these bugs is I can release a fix without updating MarsEdit itself. The behavior of MarsEdit seems to be perfect when the bookmarklet is altered to use the proper escaping function. So if you’ve run into this problem, please give the new bookmarklet a try:

via Red Sweater Blog – An Even Better Bookmarklet:

Mobile Usability

Mobile use is one of the biggest challenges now facing many websites. Its also important for some intranets, particularly in companies with many traveling employees.

via Mobile Usability Jakob Nielsens Alertbox.

The challenge has been around since the PalmPilot + application specific tools.

I suspect the success rate for doing “phone” tasks or “address book” tasks is much higher than the “web” tasks.

A custom application (which is all that a “Mobile Site” is, really) is going to provide a better experience.

Simple example? Google Maps – can’t use it on a “mobile” browser. The custom application for my phone works quite well.