Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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RE[2]: Hm
by Raziel on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Hm"
Raziel
Member since:
2006-03-27

Used the W7 phone Launcher a couple of days on my Android phone. Looks nice at first glance, but lacks a lot of functionality I'm used to, I switched back to my default Android launcher.

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RE[3]: Hm
by Morgan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Hm"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Right, you used a poorly implemented visual clone of Metro, written as a launcher for a completely different OS, and you're condemning it based on that? That's no different than calling OS X unusable based on an Aqua skin for Gnome or Xfce.

All of that "missing functionality" is present in the real thing; I would suggest testing out a WP7 phone at a store. Who knows, you may still find it lacking, but at least then it would be an honest, informed opinion.

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RE[4]: Hm
by Raziel on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 19:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Hm"
Raziel Member since:
2006-03-27

I DID use a Lumina phone before installing the Android launcher, and it looked exactly the same to me. And by "missing functionality", I mean my widgets and tens of applications I normally use right in the main Window, classified by type in different screens, without the need to scroll that much because of the buttons being huge as in Metro. I also didn't find a single permanent notification area, a couple of pixels to instantly know if something's happened in my phone in the last minutes, with drop-down for details, instead of looking for changes around the whole screen.

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