Is there another way of saying something is 'user-unfriendly'?
A couple options:
Unwieldy implies that something is difficult to control, and can be applied to computer user-interfaces or physical devices.
A couple of other words that might be appropriate:
If there are accessibility issues, you might call it inaccessible
I would go with 'unfriendly'. The 'user' part is redundant, particularly in the case of software. In fact uses of it outside the scope of software are really "loans" of the term.
In any case I would argue that most synonyms of "unfriendly" don't convey the same precision, and have fundamentally different meanings. Software can be "unfriendly" because it's cumbersome (it takes too many gestures to acomplish a task) even if it's easy to use (it's always obvious what the right gesture is). Similarly words like "complex", "slow", "ugly", "poorly designed", "unintuitive" etc all cary degrees of precision that are either more or less precise than "unfriendly".
So, I think "unfriendly" really is the best choice when you want to convey a "general defect in the usability or character of an interface". The alternatives almost always convey something fundamentally different.
I often like to suggest that the interfaces of non-linux OSs are counterintuitive.
-EDIT- While I was typing this, someone suggested clunky
Which is a great answer.
- Lotus Notes, anyone so afflicted will understand immediatly
- User Hostile, bit extreme but some systems really are
- Bureaucratic, probably the most useful expression in describing an unhelpful and tedious to use interface.
The best real life description of a poor user interface I ever heard was "As user friendly as a cornered rat".
For the specific case of software, I'm a huge fan of the expression usability-free, though it should only be used in snark-appropriate contexts.
In severe cases you can just say that a device (or the interface of a device) is "unusable."
There are already some great answers but I would add another option I've seen for when it's not obvious how to use something: "opaque".
I think the word obtuse is also used to mean user-unfriendly.
Often I find the antonym for user-friendly is the word cryptic, although it may be too specific in some cases. I can see situations where a very graphical interface is wholly unintuitive but not necessarily cryptic—just lousy.
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