Hardware Design Guidelines for Windows Mobile Devices

Windows Mobile 6.5

Successful industrial design plays a very important role in device adoption. Although it is difficult to measure the performance of successful industrial design, compared to a tangible measurement such as battery stand–by time, some characteristics contribute significantly to the impression of a great design, such as fit, finish, color, interaction, size, proportion, weight and ease of use. Industrial designers should keep in mind that a device with well thought out design invokes a positive response in its owner.

Design Guidelines for Comfort and Usability

Discusses grip, how to signal the best grip for optimal audio performance, and antenna placement.

Design Guidelines for Input and Navigation

Presents considerations for single-handed use of devices, and for equivalent right–handed and left–handed user experiences.

Design Guidelines for Control Feel and Feedback

Discusses key and control tactility, force–to–fire, and latency.

Design Guidelines for Control Functions and Behavior

Discusses the placement and durability of controls, discoverability, predictability, and the decision–making that should occur when overloading controls.

Special Considerations for Control Areas

Discusses d-pads and navigational controls, how to isolate actions from navigation, keypad location and size, keypad tactility, and high–use keys.

Also discusses alphabetic keyboards, and their implications for layout, key identification, and the key size and pitch.

Finally, discusses engineering considerations such as key force–to–fire, and the physical placement of the switch relative to the key.

Design Guidelines for Device Accessories

Describes the usability considerations for headphones, microphones, and AC adapters.

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