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    Perception of sound quality in mobile devices is affected by device type and usage context

    HCI 2017 - Digital make-believe

    Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)

    University of Sunderland, St Peter’s campus, Sunderland, UK, 3 - 6 July 2017


    Maria Uther & Adrian Banks



    This study examined the perception of sound quality in different mobile devices (from smart phone to small, then larger tablets) that were matched in physical sound characteristics. A sample of 39 participants were tested on different mobile devices sizes (small- iPhone, medium- iPad Mini and large- iPad) and in different usage contexts (generic content vs. musical training app contexts). Preliminary results showed that the users’ perception of sound was affected by device and usage context. However, these differences in perceived sound quality may not be the most important quality to consider within these devices. Instead, considerations such as ease of use seemed to drive considerations for uptake of applications.


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