A recent article in The Age highlights a growing distaste for PTV’s new app to replace the old Metlink one on iPhones and iPods. But having reviewed the app myself and all it’s functions, it’s actually highly intuitive – and it works; assuming you get your head around it. It is genuinely a better app when you work well with it.
I also have an Android phone and use Train Trapper and Tram Hunter (available from Google Play), and look at these two apps and in contrast they are extremely simple to use. The Metlink app (there is no PTV app yet – tuh) is acceptable at the best of times.
The trade off? High amount of functionality versus almost too easy to use? Why not? People are stupid.
I’d fathom that most people who actually have smartphone, only use a small fraction of their true capability on another note. Like our brains really, if we tried to do more we’d probably overload (we as humans, not the phone dengus).
My other point is the same thing was to be encountered with Facebook Timeline. Imagine if everyone’s resistance halted progress? We’d be stuck in the stone age of internet, although looking at it, we technically are in the stone age. I mean the only real change was a giant picture at the top (Cover Photo), and the fact that it only made obvious that fact you post things is chronological order, where you can OPT to specify an event date. It’s an OPTION.
I wish I could observe Facebook when I started using it back in the Myspace era. Look at it’s highly limited capability. Every time it had been modified in some small way, there had been public opposition.
Easy might be convenient, but it doesn’t get us anywhere.
Just like the countless modifications to Facebook, this app will see it’s heyday just like nothing happened 8 weeks ago. I don’t believe it’s quite an appsolute failure, in fact I don’t even know why it made the news. But, don’t worry our short attention spans will make sure of it. Oh, cupcakes.