Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jun 2012 18:38 UTC
Windows So, Windows Phone 7.5. I love it - warts and all. It has its issues, but it's so distinctive and fun it's pretty hard to not like it. So, for me, those three other people, and that cow, Microsoft today announced Windows Phone 8. It brings lots of cool new features, is built upon the Windows NT kernel and shares much of its lower levels with Windows 8, and oh, not a single current Windows Phone 7 device will be upgraded to it.
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gah
by kristoph on Wed 20th Jun 2012 18:55 UTC
kristoph
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2006-01-01

Although I - and my colleagues who actually handle UI/UX design of our products - are very fond of the Windows Metro design aesthetic I have to say I find the progressively more cluttered interface of Metro tiles really hard to use.

Say what you will about the 'toy' UI of Android and iOS but the colorful icons and obvious red badges really do make it easier to figure out what it is you need to look at / tap on.

( That said, I am pretty convinced that voice is the future of the interface. If only they had some basic API for it. I'd love to be able to just say 'Siri! Shazam!' and it would tell me what song was playing. )

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RE: gah
by dukes on Wed 20th Jun 2012 20:16 in reply to "gah"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

Although I - and my colleagues who actually handle UI/UX design of our products - are very fond of the Windows Metro design aesthetic I have to say I find the progressively more cluttered interface of Metro tiles really hard to use.

Say what you will about the 'toy' UI of Android and iOS but the colorful icons and obvious red badges really do make it easier to figure out what it is you need to look at / tap on.

( That said, I am pretty convinced that voice is the future of the interface. If only they had some basic API for it. I'd love to be able to just say 'Siri! Shazam!' and it would tell me what song was playing. )


No more cluttered than the pages of icons on my iPhone within folders that I can never find quickly. I'm always doing a Spotlight search on certain apps.

On my Windows Phone there's context in the live tiles. Not sure how it feels any more cluttered than iOS. I actually think the tiles works brilliantly and I have absolutely no usability problems with progressively adding more tiles to the home page.

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RE[2]: gah
by MollyC on Wed 20th Jun 2012 21:37 in reply to "RE: gah"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Not more cluttered than iOS, but it's more cluttered than WP7.5, IMO.

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RE[2]: gah
by jackeebleu on Thu 21st Jun 2012 01:37 in reply to "RE: gah"
jackeebleu Member since:
2006-01-26

No more cluttered than the pages of icons on my iPhone within folders that I can never find quickly. I'm always doing a Spotlight search on certain apps.


Cause its Apples fault you downloaded 322 apps in 17 folders, yet all you ever use is Yelp. Damn you Apple! Damn you to Hell!!!!

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RE: gah
by frood on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 12:48 in reply to "gah"
frood Member since:
2005-07-06

I use Launcher7 for Android which brings the WP7 interface to the platform in a very convincing way. With that and the other tools from sevenplusandroid.org I feel I've got the best of both worlds

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