This is part 3 of our 10 part series comparing 360 product viewers. In this review we are taking a look at:
Native html 360 product viewer
This viewer is packed with features compared to a majority of others on the market. The developers also put in a lot of work to ensure that it works across all devices. Overall it's a great viewer to start with if you don't want to change how it looks or works.
We are on post 3 of 10, and in our first post we laid out the criteria of this breakdown: 18 vital points to consider when choosing a 360 product viewer. We have linked up each criteria's title back to this original post for reference. Let's jump in and see where this script ranks.
Initial load time was 62 seconds on our simulated 3G connection. I honestly can't imagine it getting much worse than this. Time will tell as we review other scripts.
Once I looked into their zoom it made sense why the load time was so slow. They are loading large images that you can then later zoom. Not the best utilization of resources.
Their full screen rocks.
It is very intuitive. I am still not totally sure what all of the buttons are for though. I feel like some of them don't do anything.
There is no unified experience.
It appears that the developers did not consider disabled individuals.
It works on a desktop computer. Full score here.
Works great on a phone. Pinch and Zoom are not available though which is a bummer. The buttons are also too small to be able to use on a phone.
The buttons hovering over the image remind me of the dot com bubble in the 90's. They distract and take away from the product.
It's very responsive. Full score here.
It's somewhat flexible but your going to have to write some code.
There is no text on the viewer which leaves us guessing on some controls. We are dinging them a point here for not going the extra mile.
There is no automated test suite.
The only way this viewer works is inline.
It's not completely clear what the licensing is. We assume that once you make the purchase you are free to use it as you wish.
They have an obvious support tab with a form. No email to contact or phone support here though.
No integration available for analytics.
No hosting is provided, so it's up to you to figure that out.
Great viewer overall, just 2 other downsides we didn't mention above. The first is that it costs $9. The second is that they have obfuscated the code so we are unable to evaluate the quality of it. It's total rating was:
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