Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:47 UTC
Windows So, after much, much speculation and many, many rumours, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest mobile operating system. Hold on to your hats, because uncharacteristically for the Redmond giant, they've rebuilt everything from the ground up - this system has little to no connection to the Windows Mobile of yore. I don't say this lightly - but dear lord, Windows Phone 7 Series is full of win. Update: Hands-on video from Engadget inside. Update II: There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet. Only videos and music are synced via the Zune software. Update III: Since I didn't mention it clearly, here it goes: Windows Phone 7 Series is a clean break. There is no backwards compatibility at all. Update IV: Channel9 has a 22-minute in-depth demonstration of Windows Phone 7 Series.
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The real problem with the UI
by leos on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:39 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Looking at this further I now realize my real gripe with the UI:

On a phone, a device with a small screen, the hub UI wastes a massive amount of space to do absolutely nothing at all except maintain the paradigm of "moving on a wall".

Have a look at this picture: http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/8199/winphone7people.jpg

The photo and games hub is exactly the same. By design, their hub UI wastes between 20 and 40% of the screen real estate on a device where every pixel matters. That _needs_ to be fixed.

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RE: The real problem with the UI
by talaf on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:45 in reply to "The real problem with the UI"
talaf Member since:
2008-11-19

It's clearly not finished though. There's still alot of glitches it seems. That does not mean the paradigm is bad per say.

And they may sell it without profit like they did the first xbox.

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

It's clearly not finished though. There's still alot of glitches it seems. That does not mean the paradigm is bad per say.


Some of my previous gripes were due to glitches that I'm sure will be fixed. But the problem of wasted space in the "hub" modules is by design, and unless they plan to totally change how it looks it wont be solved. That's not acceptable on a small-screen device for me.

Edited 2010-02-15 23:19 UTC

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