Tablet user interfaces should not simply be scaled-up phone designs. The tablet user experience is a separate creature, although it’s related to both mobile design and desktop design: user testing shows that many regular websites work fairly well on tablets with only a few modifications for tablet users.
This report is based on 6 rounds of usability studies with all the main tablet platforms:
We tested both tablet-specific apps and how people use websites on their tablets. One of the key research findings is that many websites work fairly well on tablets and that tablet users view web browsing as one of their primary uses of their device.
This 207-page report contains 126 design guidelines based on our usability research. It includes 226 full-color screenshots of specific tablet designs that worked well or worked poorly for users.
The findings in this report are based on empirical testing with a broad range of real users. In most of the studies, people brought their own tablets to the test, and we tested how they used a variety of apps and sites on that device. In some cases, we gave test participants newly launched tablet models to test their initial user experience with new designs.
All studies were conducted in the United States. The results will apply to users in other countries as well, based on our experience with testing mobile phone UX in a much wider range of countries and finding much the same behaviors everywhere.
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