IATEFL 2012 kicks off in Glasgow today, and as part of the army of registered bloggers my first post is a quick and dirty review of the conference program for Android devices.
Size of program(as taken up on device) – 5.04MB.
The home-screen is clear and straightforward:
The programme icon takes you to this screen organised into time slots:
Drilling down into the first time slot we get this screen:
Drilling down again we get this screen:
A table of icons and their functions:
The following screen shows an example of the planner with an event inserted:
The planner needs an overview of events over the four days so one can see things at a glance.
The next screenshot shows an example of a bookmarked event:
The following two screenshots are of the notes function:
The search function is key in a program such as this and searching ‘lingua franca’ we get:
The search function displays results according to event and speaker. It is a bit buggy, it does not seem to do acronyms of 3 or less since at least 4 characters need to be entered, and there is no search history available.
On my basic smartphone (CPU 528Mhz, RAM 192Mb) the performance was not good although bearable.
So to sum up the program is a good first attempt, the home-screen is intuitive to use. The planner needs an overview of all four days; some work needs to be done to improve the search function; some functions such as maps need to be enabled and other functions such as join me and share seem redundant.
Eric Baber promotes the conference mobile program here (0:33 to 2:37):