So what do you know about good UI? I know one little monster that is glad that the Apple people made life easy for her. In the side picture, she is pictures on the plane going to visit family in Florida about a week after her fourth birthday and , yes, she is playing on an iPhone.
It would be cool (check that, scary) to say that she booked her own flight, but we’re not ready for bringing that up, but she did utter these words on that trip: “you can get it at the Apple app store. Mama, what’s an apple app?”
However, she is very comfortable grabbing an iDevice in the house and scrolling the screens until she finds the photo gallery to look at pictures of herself or her Olivia app, who is a little piglet that also likes to look at pictures of herself.
Friends had suggested around Christmas about getting one of the other new kid-targeted tablets that had come on the market, but the one fear in introducing one of these is understanding the UI and how early frustration can make-or-break whether she would use it. Now, full disclosure, the fear of understanding the UI was about me. I knew that I would be the person that had to set it up and download the apps for this new device, so my first thought was that it had to be easier just to set up the retired iPhone 3. This isn’t an everyday toy for her, but it has certainly worked for longer trips.