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Mobile, Schmobile

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/17/12 (12:13pm)

I really think this 'mobile first' business is more a symptom of how new and imprecise the device type is. I mean, first of all, people making these arguments often roll into their figures tablet computers, which makes about as much sense as including netbooks and laptops.

Second, since when do you build your interface around the least capable device? This is the equivalent of designing for IE6 -- or designing your villa around the requirements of a hut or pup tent. Finally, have you had a look at some of the 'mobile first' products on larger desktop screens? Not impressed? Me neither.

"Mobile First"? Call it the "New Austerity".