Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 21:50 UTC
Windows Fascinating, this. As a Windows Phone 7 user, I can attest that it is every bit as good as iOS and Android - heck, in my experience, it is more polished, more consistent, smoother, and faster than either of those two. Yet, despite raving reviews and glowing user comments all over the web, Windows Phone 7 simply isn't selling. Former Windows Phone 7 general manager Charlie Kindel believes it's because neither carriers nor device makers like the control Microsoft exerts over the platform.
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I hate Metro.
by vtolkov on Wed 28th Dec 2011 08:09 UTC
vtolkov
Member since:
2006-07-26

All I can say is that I clearly understand why people do not like it. There is no conspiracy required. If other people like me, why not, really? I just hate the interface. No, I do not own device. Why would I? I've tried using it, read a lot, I was looking at the screenshots, I was reading positive reviews, etc. It is possible to use, if I would force to, but I have an opinion: I hate it.

The same will be about Windows 8, I expect. The apps in preview looks awful.

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RE: I hate Metro.
by Morgan on Wed 28th Dec 2011 09:22 in reply to "I hate Metro."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's exactly how I felt about the old WinMo interface. No matter how much I tried to like it, no matter how many hours I spent learning it, I never could get it to behave long enough to get anything done. I think Microsoft finally started listening to the end users instead of their own engineers, and they came up with something (in my opinion, of course) elegantly simple with WP7. And as with anything else, it's not for everybody.

I've always felt that one should use the tool that works for them instead of trying to bend themselves to the tool's will. With that said, I'm curious: What is your mobile platform of choice?

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RE[2]: I hate Metro.
by _txf_ on Wed 28th Dec 2011 10:51 in reply to "RE: I hate Metro."
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

I think Microsoft finally started listening to the end users instead of their own engineers, and they came up with something (in my opinion, of course) elegantly simple with WP7.


I highly doubt that they listened to end users. End users would have told them to remake iOS or Android. Metro seems to be designed top-down. Not that i'm knocking their approach.

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RE[2]: I hate Metro.
by vtolkov on Wed 28th Dec 2011 22:37 in reply to "RE: I hate Metro."
vtolkov Member since:
2006-07-26

I'm curious: What is your mobile platform of choice?


I would prefer iOs, but I use Android, just because of the cheep plan from Virgin Mobile. Android is somehow Ok, it has hotspot support, so I can use it for my notebook. It has also Google services, which is nice, and SD card support, so I keep a subversion repository on it. No much love though, I miss visual polishing of my iPad's interface. I do not like iPhone hardware much, because of its heavy glass design.

With WP7, I think, they combined negative sides of iOs and Android. It is closed like iOS, so no hotspot or native development. It has a heavy runtime, so low battery life and long app start. It has a strange UI, going against people expectations, no hints, no zones, no backgrounds, just strangely sized fonts. I do not understand people who designed the UI. I'm clearly from another planet.

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