Gadget confusion rules supreme in Blighty
Mobiles, satnavs, remotes and cameras all too complicated to use
Confused by your compact camera? Menaced by your mobile? You’re not alone, because many of us are baffled by gadgets, a survey has revealed.
Online gadget comparison website Reevoo questioned 2000 British adults and found that over one quarter had no idea how to use a digital camera properly, whilst 17 per cent don’t know the basics of using their camcorder.
Surprisingly, one in five admitted that they don’t know what most of the functions on their mobile phones do, besides from “make call” of course.
Quite a few people must still be getting lost whilst out in their cars too, because 21 per cent admitted that they have problems getting to grips with a satnav.
Many users also said they’re bewildered when it comes to getting their heads around MP3 players and TV remote controls.
Chris Winstanley, a spokesman for Reevoo, said: “What this research shows is that lots of people actually just want ease of use, rather than the added extras that many of us find too complicated”.
However, confusion over gadgets' features might not just be down to them having too many features or being too complicated to use. Because 38 per cent of people admitted they don't bother reading the manual first.
Apply Unix philosphy to gadgets
Most people just see shiny shiny. I want my phone to be a phone and my mp3 player to play music(nonmp3 formats are fine). And people really do need to learn to keep devices until the next shiny thing comes out.
Basically if you can't work it out then you shouldn't have the gadget in the first place. Eat more Omega 3 or something. Jeez.
Paris, because she's up there with the smartest, apparently.
I hate my new mobile
I recently published my disappointment over my new Nokia N82 in my blog. It replaced a trusty Nokia 6300, and I was lured away by the promise of a better camera and GPS. What I got was a phone that requires multiple button press for the simplest of operations.
How could they have got the user interface so very wrong?