2007-11-09

Pocket PC favorites

I conducted a little user experiment to improve the usability of my Pocket PC. The goal was to identify the 12 applications I use the most make them easy to run. After a few days of recording the number of times I selected each app to run, here are my results:

Rank

Application

Count

Comments

1

Web browser (Opera Mobile or Pocket Internet Explorer

41

A few days into the study, I began user Opera. It rocks! Finally, a tabbed web browser for Windows Mobile 2003 that renders pages well and doesn't crash.

2

iPAQ Wireless

28

I frequently turn on or off the various radios depending on whether I'm at home, in bed, at the office, or outside on the street.

3

Notes

21

My groceries list

4

Calendar

17

The native calendar works better than mobile Google Calendar.

5

Pocket Excel

13

Various tables of things, including my youth soccer team's roster

6

Contacts

9

I feel like this should be mapped to a physical button so I can dial one-handed, but I really don't use it enough to need quick access to it.

7

Solitaire

8

>How embarrassing! Solitaire is one of my most used app's. I used it primarily to kill time while waiting for Pocket Internet Explorer to load pages. Now that I'm using Opera, I hardly play Solitaire at all.

8

GooSync>

7

I love GooSync! This is the best way to keep my Google Calendar sync'd with my native calendar.

9

Windows Media Player

2


10

File Explorer

2


11

Inbox

1


12

PHM Reset Power Toy

1

Sometimes, you just have to reboot.

I mapped the top three to the physical buttons, and the rest to the Start button.

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