The latest revision of Popular Science magazine’s mobile site at m.popsci.com sports a searchable blog style timeline of recent articles and photo features from the publication’s desktop site. The site is attractive and the content is great, but usability is hurt by a couple of non-functional page elements that invite the user to tap them but end up doing nothing. For example, there’s a “Browse” dropdown at the top of every page and a similar “Comments” dropdown at the end of each article. Neither of these dropdowns respond to taps or clicks in any of the browsers I tried which included the Android Gingerbread browser, Opera Mini 6.5 and desktop FireFox and Chrome.
Popular Science is a 139 year old US based monthly print magazine covering all areas of technology from a layman’s perspective. The emphasis is on automobiles, electronic gadgets and earth and space science. Articles are generally well researched and profusely illustrated. In addition to the print magazine, mobile and desktop web sites, Popular Science publishes a digital edition for the iPad that is one of the top sellers in the App Store.