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Offline Maarten Otto

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iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:25:39 AM »
Okay here is my situation.

For the past four years I have been using iOS devices. The problem is that I more and more start to have the feeling that the phone (iphone 4) is still owned by Apple and not by me. I have to do a lot of tricks to let the phone do what I want it to do. And to be honest... internet browsing or reading a magazine on the iPhone isn't that very good.

Lately a few colleagues of mine let me have a little play on their Galaxy note. This 5,3 inch device seems to be much better when it comes to browsing the internet or reading PDF files.

Without starting a Apple / Android war out here, what do you think works best for AWS?

Offline Jona L.

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 10:11:36 AM »
Okay here is my situation.

For the past four years I have been using iOS devices. The problem is that I more and more start to have the feeling that the phone (iphone 4) is still owned by Apple and not by me. I have to do a lot of tricks to let the phone do what I want it to do. And to be honest... internet browsing or reading a magazine on the iPhone isn't that very good.

Lately a few colleagues of mine let me have a little play on their Galaxy note. This 5,3 inch device seems to be much better when it comes to browsing the internet or reading PDF files.

Without starting a Apple / Android war out here, what do you think works best for AWS?

Since AWS is a lot flash based (demand graphs most importantly) making routes on iPhone/iPod Touch (I only have the latter) is more of a guess work, if you haven't pre planned them properly, which is rarely the case, at least for me.

I think Curse is pretty happy with his Android phone, probably he can tell you some about his reasons pro/contra the either of the products.

cheers,
Jona L.

Offline chiveicrook

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 11:00:21 AM »
AFAIK Demand graphs now use html5 if flash is not present so it's no longer a problem. Ugly but working. (I don't have anything with iOS but I've noticed it on a PC without flash :-) )

I often use my no-name android 2.3 tablet to browse aws and the only problem is with pop-up information which can't be scrolled properly (for example detailed slot view when creating/editing a route). Otherwise it's fully usable. I even prefer normal desktop version over mobile.

Considering one can get Android tablet for as low as 100$ (nothing from major brands naturally) I really can't see how iPad/iPhone is as popular as it is....

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 12:01:13 PM »
Flash is not a requirement in any part of the site.

The "lightbox" popups have issues on mobile browsers, but otherwise it makes no difference if you use ios/android/wp or something else as we are using fully standard code here. But in essence the phone screens are too small, and aome tablet is the minimum in my mind for any meaningful usage.

The mobile usability is one of the to-do items. I wish aws to be a cross-platform application, properly..


(ps. Windows Mobile kicks ass over Android any day and is fully par with iOS too (some more smarter things integrated too), check in autumn when the WP8 comes available.. Been using a Nokia Lumia 800 for past 6 months)
« Last Edit: July 10, 2012, 12:04:13 PM by sami »

Offline Jona L.

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012, 02:13:26 PM »
Flash is not a requirement in any part of the site.

To me it says, that flash player needs to be enabled to use the game.... getting that warning every once in a while, when going back to dashboard page, after not having used the tab for some time. Will make a screenshot of it next time I see it :)

Offline Jona L.

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2013, 09:17:09 PM »
Hey, guys....

This thread is kinda old, so would anyone be so kind to update me on the usability of an iPad + AWS?!

Just coz I think of buying one ;)

cheers,
Jona L.

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 10:33:16 AM »
i use ipad (most current iOS). it works for getting by with simple things. however, as sami noted, there are a few things not functioning properly. the two things that i cannot use properly are the aircraft configuration and route demand screens. they both will 'pop up', however cannot use the scroll up/down feature in those screens.

making routes/schedules works fine. purchasing/leasing aircraft works fine.

Offline Infinity

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2013, 12:50:28 PM »
I would never consider buying an Android device simply for the reason of limited upgradeability of the software due to licensing issues. With iOS i get both from one manufacturer and am sure to get any available software update. Only a third of Android users use the most up to date version, that sucks for developers and also from a security POV.

Anyhow, regarding AWS, I don't think any mobile device can substitute a PC when running a large airline right now. It's simply too much of a hassle with the tabs, both with Android and iOS. Hopefully the new interface will change that.

Offline Jona L.

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Re: iOS vs Android usability on AWS
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2013, 04:15:55 PM »
i use ipad (most current iOS). it works for getting by with simple things. however, as sami noted, there are a few things not functioning properly. the two things that i cannot use properly are the aircraft configuration and route demand screens. they both will 'pop up', however cannot use the scroll up/down feature in those screens.

making routes/schedules works fine. purchasing/leasing aircraft works fine.

Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

Anyhow, regarding AWS, I don't think any mobile device can substitute a PC when running a large airline right now. It's simply too much of a hassle with the tabs, both with Android and iOS. Hopefully the new interface will change that.

I am not planning on substituting my computer with it, it's just I don't want to carry my 2yr old 17.4" Laptop (which is, due to the age of the thing, pretty heavy, thus not so nice for flying/carrying around). It's more to be used to keep an eye on my airline when I am away for a few days on holidays or so.

I know that the tabbing thing sucks a lot on those devices, as I use a Galay S3 as mobile phone. I tend to even get lost in the tabs on my PC (due to the vast amount LOL ;D )

Thank you both.

cheers,
Jona L.

 

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