The popularity of the tablet
As tablets become more sophisticated and prices are expected to decrease, there will no doubt be a larger demand for apps on these devices. We are used to using wireframing tools to draft our iOS apps, but do we think about the significant differences between the iPhone and the iPad? With a possible smaller iPad being released this autumn, this adds yet another device to the list. With these releases, we must think about the different use cases of the tablet when we use our online wireframing tools to draft our app designs and consider how our target audience might be different for a larger device. For example, children often find it easier to control a tablet than a smartphone and this is often also the case for those with visual impairments. With further releases of a Windows tablet, it looks like the tablet will be a gadget that more and more households will be investing in.
Online wireframe tools and the tablet
While many online wireframe tools are adapted to drafting smartphone apps and website designs, there are fewer on the market, which specialize in tablet design. If you are on the lookout for an online wireframe tool, see if it also has tablet capabilities. Personally I like to use a tool that enables me to simulate my app on the end device itself. In the tool I use, I can also change the page size specifications and orientation. This means when I draft an app for a tablet device, I can adjust my design to suit a variety of devices and I can also see what it will look like when the user changes his or her device into a different position. One of the benefits of using an online wireframe tool is that you can see what your application will look like before programming begins. This can be beneficial, as with mobile devices specifications can change very quickly.
There is no denying that tablets will become a standard device that many of our users will have. This means that we need to think about how this will change our design processes and how we can easily adapt our design processes to compensate for this. By considering tablet users in the wireframing process, we can come up with drafts that can be adapted for a variety of devices. With online wireframe tools, there is also great potential for collaboration and user input, which can help in each level of the design process.