I'm interested in seeing a tested study, or at least something more valid than personal opinions, if smartphone users find it usable or not usable to be taken onto map view rather than to a list of places by default.
Imagine a venue app, used on a 4'' smartphone, portrait mode. Also let's assume 3G data or WiFi connection is available.
Is it better to take the user straight onto map with clickable points or show them list of places first? (list with a thumbnail, title and such)
What I'm concerned with is that navigating the map is difficult, but even more that, when searching for venues, people find it more obscure to look at the map. They either don't really know the exact corner or street, or have little use with a generic pin icon, but they might recognize venues by name, perhaps a photo.
Does anyone have any experience regarding this?