Mobile Phones and Tablet Tips

Accounting for Touch

It is important to understand ergonomics for smart phones & tablet devices. As technology changes, ergonomics must change in order to keep up with the changing workplace. Any navigation system that needs to work with touch needs to be aware of thumb & finger reach in relation to smart phones. Most common phone and tablet sizes are listed below

Phone Size Ranges: 2.5" to 5.5" inches

Tablet Size Ranges: 7.0 " to 12" inches

Good Habits of Smart Phones

Like with sitting, the best ergonomic posture for smart phones is to change your grip posture to ensure load rotation.

ergonomic phone use

 

In addition, please be aware of different areas of the phone and try to stay within the easy range during heavy phone use

ergonomoc phone use

Good Habits of Tablets

Like with sitting, the best ergonomic posture for Tablets is to change your grip posture to ensure load rotation.

ergonomic tablet use

In addition, please be aware of different areas of the tablet and try to stay within the easy range during heavy tablet use

ergonomic tablet areas

General Tips for Smart Phones

  1. Find a phone that your thumb can reach the opposite corner of the phone comfortably. (62 mm =avg male)
    Small Phone  (4.5 inches or less)Medium Phone (4.5 -5.5 in)Large Phone (5.5 in or greater)
    small phone
    medium phone
    large phone


  2. Make sure you have a hands-free option to remove static and awkward postures when talking on the phone
  3. man jogging with phone in hands-free mode

  4. Alternative between use of finger and thumbs to reduce repetitive thumb pain and awkward thumb movement
  5. woman gripping phone

  6. Avoid excessive gripping on the smartphone to reduce strain on the fingers, thumb and wrist while holding the device. You should be able to touch your middle finger and thumb around the phone.
    (51.8 mm = avg for grip)
    Small Phone (4.5 inches or less)Medium Grip (4.5 -5.5 in)Large Phone Grip (5.5 in or greater)
    small phone grip
    medium phone grip
    large phone grip
  7. Maintain good posture while using the phone
    maintaining good posture on the phone
  8. For every 30 minutes of use, take 1-2 min stretch break
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