User Experience Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for user experience researchers and experts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm looking for a presentation or article where someone goes through all the native UI and navigation elements for different mobile platforms* correlating them to each other and explaining when to use each. The need seems so obvious to me that I think surely it must have been done and I don't need to do it myself. However, I cannot find it anywhere.

* mobile platforms - I would like to see iOS6, iOS7, Android, Windows Mobile, [maybe] Blackberry

yes I think iOS6 & iOS7 are different enough to warrant seeing them compared separately.

share|improve this question
I get the value in comparing between iOS and Android, but since Apple stipulated all new apps must be optimized to iOS7, is there still a value in comparing it to iOS6. Especially since it's predominantly a UI refresh rather than change in functionality? – micap Feb 13 '14 at 12:51
@micap, I guess having iOS6 in there isn't really that important, but I do think that it valuable for the research. It tells a lot about the evolution of mobile UX. – Bruno Bronosky Feb 13 '14 at 18:53

I've found some stuff: 1) 2)

share|improve this answer
These are both great! Thank you. You get an up vote from me. What I'd really like to find is something that I can take to meetings and pull out when people are suggesting we do terrible inconsistent things. – Bruno Bronosky Feb 13 '14 at 18:50
inconsistent between the different OS's or inconsistent within one platform? – micap Feb 14 '14 at 11:13
Richard, I think you'd better take devices with different OSes and look at standard apps on them, like: settings, calendar, notes, calculator, messages, contacts, etc. - all this apps solves the same tasks. – Humanoit Feb 14 '14 at 15:15
@Humanoit, that is a great suggestion. I'm going to look at those apps this weekend. I'd really like to see that comparison made. I hope I don't have to be the one to do it. – Bruno Bronosky Feb 14 '14 at 20:49
@micap, my goal is to learn and teach others how to be consistent with the accepted usage paradigms for each OS. – Bruno Bronosky Feb 14 '14 at 20:59

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.