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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RE[2]: I hate Metro.
by vtolkov on Wed 28th Dec 2011 22:37 UTC in reply to "RE: I hate Metro."
vtolkov
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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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RE[3]: I hate Metro.
by vtolkov on Wed 28th Dec 2011 22:45 in reply to "RE[2]: I hate Metro."
vtolkov Member since:
2006-07-26

I want to add also, that I think, the goal of WP7 was to make a different UI. Not a better UI, but a different one. MS succeeded in that, so they got love from some gadget lovers who was waiting for something new and distinguishably different. But the majority of users wanted something useful and familiar and they were not appreciated efforts.

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RE[3]: I hate Metro.
by Morgan on Thu 29th Dec 2011 00:53 in reply to "RE[2]: I hate Metro."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Okay, so most of the negative points you mentioned could be considered personal preference. That's perfectly fine. But two things you critiqued tell me quite clearly you either have no clue what you're talking about, or you are intentionally being misleading.

You said the OS suffers from short battery life and "long app start" which I assume means a lag between tapping a tile and the app launching. I regularly get two to three full days on a charge with moderate use. I can kill it in 20 hours if I really try, but that requires keeping the screen on constantly and always doing something with the device. That is unrealistic for most people's use cases. The last smartphone I had that could come close was a Symbian based Nokia Nuron, and I would have to charge it the second night. Before that it was the Palm Treo that would get me through three solid work days between charges. All other smartphones I've owned had to be charged no less than every 12 hours.

In the nearly four weeks I've had this phone, I have yet to experience any UI lag or slow launching apps. In fact, I'd put it a few notches above the MyTouch 4G and my Nook Color with LauncherPro in the fluidity and responsiveness areas.

I hope this helped clear up any misinformation you were subject to. ;)

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RE[4]: I hate Metro.
by vtolkov on Thu 29th Dec 2011 01:22 in reply to "RE[3]: I hate Metro."
vtolkov Member since:
2006-07-26

Okay, so most of the negative points you mentioned could be considered personal preference.

Probably it is. But many people share it. I prefer houses with rooms and rooms with cozy furniture and soft light. And I prefer walls painted with light pattern and my chair and a bookshelf. But Metro is cold. It gives me no walls, no living zones, but some black space with transparent floor parts moving in unknown directions, and huge writings readable only from space are flying above. And sharp rectangles. I feel cold and uncomfortable.

But two things you critiqued tell me quite clearly you either have no clue what you're talking about, or you are intentionally being misleading.

Wel, maybe it was improved in Mango. And, right, as a developer, I have some prejudice about thick frameworks like Silverlight or Java. They waste too much cycles, they can't work other way.

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