I had to instruct an old person how to use an Android phone and it went a little like this:

"When the screen goes dark, you need to turn it back on by pressing this unmarked button on the right. Then, when the screen lights up with the clock, a background picture, and no other indication of what you should do, you need to place your finger on the screen and swipe upwards."

When did we decide that this was a good idea?? I might as well teach them how to use Vim at this point.

@samgai I maintain getting rid of the home button on iPhones was one of the worse decisions Apple has made, UI-wise.

The home button was a *godsend* to older users.

me: "No matter where you are in this phone, just press this button, and you'll be returned home. If you ever get lost, just press this."

them: "Really?"

me: "Yes."

Now, I have no idea what to tell them. Swipe up? If they don't "swipe up" from the exact right spot, it doesn't work.


@samgai And don't even get me started on "swiping up" on iPadOS. Dear god.

"Swiping up" on iPadOS does *three* distinct things, depending on A) where you start from, B) how fast you do it, and C) how straight of a line your finger moves.

It's _horrible_ UI.

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