Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:18 UTC
Windows There's been a bunch of Windows Phone 7 reviews out there, and most of them come to the same conclusion: great piece of software for a 1.0 release, but it does miss a few vital features. The Ars Technica review, as usual very in-depth, highlights one particular aspect of the platform that speaks to me: Windows Phone 7 has a sense of humour.
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Won't buy the product, but...
by Neolander on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:43 UTC
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

...I wish microsoft well. Sincerely.

As much as I dislike touchscreens, it's just the best touch-phone experience I've seen until now. They stealed what was good on the competing OSs (ah, finally someone who understands how much Symbian's home screen is pure genius !), and introduced a handful of interesting improvements (like tight integration between various system components), all that with extreme polish and attention to details that is one of the basis of a very good product.

Maybe they're a bit late, but they certainly aren't doing too little. I'm genuinely impressed by the quality of this. If only some manufacturer could put that much care *outside* of the high end/touchscreen realm...

Edited 2010-10-22 18:49 UTC

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delta0.delta0 Member since:
2010-06-01

What is so great about it ?

Looking at the previews and looking at the system in operation, you don't have multiple screens like in Android you have 1 home window where you can fit around 5 - 6 tiles onto and then you have to endlessly scroll and add more live tiles and you have the application window, which provide the live tiles. What so great about this ?

The live tiles are basically the same as android widgets, just presented slightly differently.

I think once this initial hype leaves it, it will become an incredibly boring interface to use.

Also that is not forgetting the application load times (some games are rumoured to take around 3 minutes to load), and they need to reload every time because there is no multi-tasking yet. Also many of the current apps in the "market" place are buggy, crash prone and don't seem to scroll anywhere near as smoothly as the rest of the OS.

I think Palms WebOS is a much fresher and better UI than this. I also happen to like both the Android UI and the iPhone UI more than this, I do realise that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this interface just looks ugly to me. I really cant see the appeal.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

What is so great about it ?

Looking at the previews and looking at the system in operation, you don't have multiple screens like in Android you have 1 home window where you can fit around 5 - 6 tiles onto and then you have to endlessly scroll and add more live tiles and you have the application window, which provide the live tiles. What so great about this ?

I'd argue that on Android, you can only put a few things on each screen before having to scroll endlessly, too. The point of a home screen is to give instant access to most used features, not to overload it to the point where you have to scroll over and over again.

The live tiles are basically the same as android widgets, just presented slightly differently.

Wrong. There's a *big* difference : the way a tile works is standard. You don't have 30 different behaviors for 30 widgets (some of them wasting screen real estate mercilessly), you only have 30 tiles which display a small amount of information and can give access to more through a tap. Consistency and better use of screen estate : that's the key.

I think once this initial hype leaves it, it will become an incredibly boring interface to use.

I don't care if it's boring, I want something which works and gives me quick access to the information I need.

On symbian, with two button presses, I can instantly know about received messages, missed calls, incoming meetings, and access some commonly used applications. All that displayed in a consistent way and going straight to the point. It's much more useful than, say, the overloaded applications screens of iOS, even if it's more boring maybe.

I think it's the direction where the WP7 tile concept is heading, and I deeply appreciate that another phone manufacturer than Nokia remembers that phones are tools before being fancy toys, and that efficiency is a major criterion when using a tool.

Also that is not forgetting the application load times (some games are rumoured to take around 3 minutes to load), and they need to reload every time because there is no multi-tasking yet. Also many of the current apps in the "market" place are buggy, crash prone and don't seem to scroll anywhere near as smoothly as the rest of the OS.

Well, it's called a first release. Other OSs were no way better in version 1. Just give it some time and see how it evolves. Remember the days where iOS couldn't even send a MMS ?

I think Palms WebOS is a much fresher and better UI than this.

Yeah, but when it comes to battery life, I heard that WebOS is a bit awfully performing.
Again, the device I buy is a phone, before being anything else. I want it to behave properly as a phone, before wishing for some nice gadgetry to enlighten my boring workdays. This is actually one of my gripes with WP7, by the way : their SMS client is just awful, in my opinion.

I also happen to like both the Android UI and the iPhone UI more than this, I do realise that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this interface just looks ugly to me. I really cant see the appeal.

Well, I don't find it magnificent either, but as long as it works well and in an efficient way, it's all secondary in my opinion...

Edited 2010-10-27 20:51 UTC

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