Hyperlapse for iPhone first time user experience
The good bits:
• Unlike Instagram’s core app, Hyperlapse does not force the new user to create an account or sign in. The app uses a free sample approach to introduce the new user to Hyperlapse functionality and allows him to save the results directly to his camera reel. It only prompts him to sign up if he attempts to share his work via Instagram.
• The app progressively prompts the user for access to his camera, microphone, and photos at meaningful moments, instead of bombarding him with these prompts at first launch.
To be improved:
• The intro tour seems superfluous, given the app’s focus on letting a new user jump in and try things. It is difficult to read the text or see progress indicators because of background video. The value of the tour is not in describing the app’s features, but in showcasing what Hyperlapses actually are. I might recommend instead, then, that the app encourage new users to explore a gallery of pre-made Hyperlapses and give them the option of creating their own.
• The popover describing the “Record” button might be avoided simply by labeling that button more clearly or using standardized iconography.