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Designing for Mobile: 5 of The Best User Friendly Sites & Apps

5 of The Best User Friendly Mobile Sites Out There Right Now by Usabilla
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Although there are thousands of well-designed websites across the web, not all of them have been properly optimized for mobile use. With 91% of all American adults owning a cell phone and 61% of them owning a smartphone, it’s clear that the portable device is quickly becoming just as important as the home computer. Here are 5 of the best user friendly sites and apps that deliver a superb user-experience:

1. Blog: Tumblr

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Why We Love It

Bloggers and phone scrollers alike can get lost flicking through all the amazing creations posted on Tumblr. Anyone can start their own blog within seconds. Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t seem as tedious as the statement, “I have a blog” would suggest. Tumblr’s sleek and easy-to-read clickables make it fun to share or follow anyone’s blog. It also allows quick sharing of blog posts to other social media apps at a touch of a button. Under each post are easy-to-see hashtags that can also be clicked to find and follow new blogs that are posting about a particular trending item. Users can post videos, quotes, text, photos, and links quickly and easily. Lastly, it even has a simplified “chatting” system which allows users to send questions or messages directly to their favorite blog owners. It’s so good that the design and interface have only slightly changed since its inception.

2. Music: Pandora

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Why We Love It

Regardless of which music-streaming site you’re an advocate of, the US radio app, Pandora’s, design is unbeatable. From signing in to creating your favorite stations, this mobile app has got it all. The app employs a big data feature which collects all songs that the user “likes” and finds similar songs to play more often. The more songs the user “likes” the better the personalization will become. In addition, the screen is very easy to read and provides simple instruction and clickables right where they should be. There is even a tethering option which allows the user to plug into an external device and play music through another source.

3. Email: MailChimp Snap

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Why We Love It

An extension of MailChimp, this mobile app allows a multitude of photo options for business owners. Starting with a photo of a product or service from their smartphone or Instagram, users can send updates to people within their network, labeled as subscribers. These subscribers are simply imported from the user’s MailChimp or other email service. Then, the user chooses an appropriate and eye-catching template that will be sent to their subscribers via email. The email can include “buy now” links as well as social media links for subscribers to share their discovery with all their friends. This app simplifies and improves upon other unattractive email marketing campaigns with style and ease.

4. Video: Vine

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Why We Love It

The Vine app has seen numerous improvements since its release. However, it has expanded to include many types of art forms including those shown above. The vast amount of Vine users have actually helped “fine-tune” how expansive the Vine universe has become. Some users record 6-second long “films” to express their inner artist, while others use it as a social media platform to expose their inner comedian. Whatever the case may be, the shareability and ease of use is what helps individual pages increase their follower base. Each video has a tracker that counts the number of times viewers have seen it. The most popular videos wind up on the “Popular Now” page for everyone to see. Its touch, hold, and record style makes it easy for anyone to share their talents with the world.

5. GPS: Google Maps

5 of The Best User-Friendly Mobile Sites Out There Right Now by Usabilla

Why We Love It

As Google grows their Google Maps app just keeps getting better. The app has a mind-boggling amount of data flowing through it at any given second. Traffic reports allow users to see real-time accidents or current construction areas in order to avoid delays. Customizable options also allow the user to find shopping, food, or other locations nearby with very little effort. GPS technology allows the user to always have a pinpointed location 24/7. Just like Maps available on desktops, the user can choose whether they would like to drive, take public transport, walk, or ride a bike to their destination. The app now also gives users updates if they’re taking the correct and quickest route to their destination. Just to showcase how great this app is, many other companies have followed in Google’s footsteps by creating tracking devices that allow fleet-run businesses to keep track of their employees or other apps that track the location of women to make sure they get home safely

These are just 5 of the outstanding user friendly sites and apps by companies that truly understand what great user experience means. Mobile versions of websites and apps are a necessity for any business looking to build a loyal social following, steady revenue, and an overall simple user experience. The companies listed in this article are staying ahead of the curve and have us anxiously waiting to see what they come up with next.

What are your favorite mobile sites and apps? Let us know at @usabilla :)




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Trisha Miller
Trisha is a freelance writer from Boise, ID. You can find her dabbling in SFX makeup, playing video games, painting, or just hanging with her two cats. You can follow her on twitter @thatdangvegan or check out her blog thatdangvegan.com