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I would like to have some feedback on which is a preferable preference design. We have an enable/disable feature (Stock alert), and type of feature after enabling (Stock alert type).

So far, in 1st design, we present it in the following ways

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In our 2nd design, we are having the following.

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I was wondering, which is better?

For 1st design, it is

  • Good in the sense that, user required 1 step to enable/ disable a feature.
  • Bad is that, we are having 2 items in main preference screen.

For 2nd design, it is - Good in the sense that, we only have 1 item in main preference screen. - Bad is that, user required 2 steps to enable/ disable a feature.

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The first solution has two main advantages: You can easily enable/disable the function with a single click and have a more obviously visualisation of the current status. You can always notice a checkbox in less time then reading a text, even if this is a real short one.

To prevent the user from just noticing the alert type but missing that he has to enable it first, I prefer to show the alert type only when alerts are enabled.

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