I need heatmaps on tablet usage to see what regions users make use of on tablets.

The reason that I need to do this is that I need to do a recommendation on what gestures I can use the best, to do certain actions on tablets (for example: closing articles with only your thumbs).

Any resources on that topic would be great as well.


I'm not sure usage heat maps are all that useful, as users tend to interact with the regions where the most important controls are - regardless if they are in the optimum location or not.

There are some optimal thumb range heat maps in an article about thumb reachability for different sized iPhones. It might be used with tablets as well by mirroring the heat map for two-handed use.

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  • Thank you for your answer. I'm definitely going to use it. – Jack Sierkstra Oct 20 '14 at 11:14
  • Most people don't use their thumbs on a tablet unless it's a small one. They hold their tablet in 1 hand and use their index finger on the other hand to navigate. A heat map indicating thumb reachability does not reflect that usage. – Nzall Oct 20 '14 at 15:16
  • Some interesting info (but based on a Surface): channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/BUILD2011/BPS-1004 @ 16:30 – bdimag Oct 20 '14 at 17:05
  • Usage will also be differ based on app usage. I don't think it's fair to ask for a global usage. Look for apps similar in layout/construction to yours and compare with their use cases. – Corey Ogburn Oct 20 '14 at 18:19

The IMB Design Language has a chapter on touch, specifically looking at tablets and it's various usage scenario's such as one hand, two hands, resting on lap, propped up etc.

Check out https://www.ibm.com/design/language/framework/interaction/touch

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