[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Re: suggestion for next Nokia tablet

From: Neil MacLeod gmane at nmacleod.com
Date: Tue Feb 13 18:51:59 EET 2007
Jakub.Pavelek at nokia.com wrote:
> Or prehaps that we do not have a "problem" but a variety of personal
> preferences that lead us to the usual "can't suit them all" situation ;)
> --jakub

I'd like to meet the "real people" who gave feedback on the N800 - not only have they given away the vital hard-case, but they're either all right-handed or only weakly left-handed! :)

Placing the buttons on one side cannot be satisfactory for both left and right handed users - such a decision clearly expresses a bias to one group or the other. The argument "it works for both" isn't logical, and in practice such decisions rarely work well in the real world - this is a prime example.

The N800 (and also the 770) design is biased towards right handed people, and gives no concession to lefties. Lets face it, the software doesn't even support left handed people either as there is no RandR support - this wouldn't be hard to implement as a standard feature.

I'm not proposing that Nokia are sued for completely ignoring the requirements of a substantial proportion of the worlds population, but eventually I hope *someone* is sued and maybe then firms like Nokia will take note and design products accordingly.

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