There’s a great sample sales app out there on the Oracle ADF Mobile Design wiki showing how task flows differ depending on a well-rounded understanding of user requirements.
Notice how using the device to take photographs during a meeting is missing from the tablet (let’s assume it’s an Apple iPad) task flow, yet present in the smart phone equivalent.
The iPad Photographer. Image from Curious Rituals: Gestural Interactions in the Digital Everyday eBook.
Using an iPad (particularly the full-sized version) to take photographs does seem, and look, odd to me. iPad photography has even become a meme in its own right on the Broadsheet.ie website (The “There’s Always One" category).
Yet, I’ve been debating with Lonneke Dikmans (@lonnekedikmans), Oracle Applications User Experience speaker and Managing Partner of Vennster, about this very issue. Lonneke’s been working with enterprise clients who LOVE to take photographs with their iPads during meetings!
The message of course, is “know your users”.
There’s a very cool, free eBook out there on iPad photography and other “curious” gestures we see people performing when they use technology these days. It’s called Curious Rituals: Gestural Interaction in the Digital Everyday.
What is remarkable is how much of this behavior is derivative.
I recommend you download and read the eBook. It’s entertaining and insightful, and you may even recognize yourself! And, it’s a great reminder of the power of watching real users in the wild (“ethnography”) as the basis for getting your enterprise app design and user solution right.