Evaluating Interactive Media Products

The iPhone-
The iPhone 4S is a clever piece of technology. When surfing the web on the smartphone, you can open both pages for web and pages for mobile phones, allowing the user to access more websites than a normal mobile phone user. The apps and app store make it easy for the audience to travel through their phone and use applications that are relevant to whatever they want to use their iPhone for.

With such a demand for the latest model of the Apple iPhone, it’s certainly not surprising that the features on this phone are endless. Social networking applications, email feature, Siri, iTunes music library and the iTunes store, games, magazine apps… the list goes on; and that is why the iPhone is a great and prominent media product today.

Battery life is what lets this down most of all. Hardly lasting through the day, you have to take your iPhone charger with you everywhere to stand a chance of keeping in contact with the world.

Because of the iPhone 4S having a rather large downfall, overall it gets a 4.5/5 star rating.

The BlackBerry-
The BlackBerry; it has many problems, the biggest being you cannot open a large webpage on the handset without it crashing and having to close down the Internet page. Although the social networking applications, like that on the iPhone, are very simple to use and easy to open, the good features on this phone do not outweigh the bad.

The camera, video and sound recording features are not very good and compared to other phone features the quality is terrible. The battery does last longer than that of the iPhone’s, but still doesn’t last longer than a day and a half.

Overall, the BlackBerry gets a rating of 2.5/5.

The Apple Mac-
Mac’s greatest feature is the ease of use given to the user by the control panel at the bottom of the home screen; it is slick and stylish, which is a good feature to have to be able to appeal to an audience who desire the best looking piece of technology on the market.

However, the Mac takes so long for a user to get used to how to work the software/product than it does to understand how to work a normal PC computer.  I have nothing against Macs, but in comparison to the ordinary PC, which is much simpler to use, I say, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

The Mac gets a 3.5/5 rating.

The PC Laptop-
I find the regular PC laptop much easier to use than that of a Mac. A PC is much easier to control via touch scroll mouse than it is to use the mouse for the Apple Mac. Although you have to click a few more buttons to find a document you’re looking for or to select PowerPoint from your software, the product is much easier to get used to and much simpler to navigate yourself around.

The keyboards on PCs are much easier to use as the shortcut keys are the same on all. To add a hashtag to your typing you can simply click one button whereas on a Mac you have to find the shortcut keys that have been assigned to the hashtag first. (Twitter users can see my pain here.)

In conclusion, comparing the Apple Mac and your ordinary PC, I think the reliable PC wins out in my books.

The PC laptop gets a good 4.0/5 rating.

The Kindle-
The Kindle is a great product for people who love to read books but don’t necessarily want to carry around hundreds of books with them. The Kindle book store is a suitable space to hold all of the Kindle owners books, there they can choose which book they want to read when they are out and about.

The online feature allows the user to buy books from the Kindle store which are then downloaded into their personal book library which the user can open straight to when they turn on their Kindle. Battery life is also very good on the Kindle; with power lasting into the months depending how often the audience uses the item.

Overall, I find this piece of technology very effective for a wide audience, however, if people like reading actual books, the thought of a using Kindle can be horrifying.

The Kindle gets a 4.0/5 star rating.