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.
Thread beginning with comment 527743
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[4]: Hm
by Raziel on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 19:18 UTC 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.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[5]: Hm
by Morgan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 19:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Hm"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

You hit on my one true gripe with Metro as it exists currently on WP7 phones: I miss the notification bar from Android. I would be satisfied with notifications via the status LED, but on my phone (HTC Arrive) it only has four indicators, three for charging state and one for missed calls. Why can't I have email/SMS/social status indicators without scrolling the main screen?

Some of your other issues are being addressed with the 7.8 and WP8 releases, giving the user a 1/4 size button choice so there will be room for more indicators on the main view, and a double-width button choice for displaying widget-class info. The latter feature currently exists but is controlled entirely by the app vendor; the new OS releases will put the control in the user's fingers, so to speak.

My "perfect" phone interface would be very similar to Metro but with features I've seen in OpenMoko, Bada, Android and even Symbian. Alas, that will never happen, but it's nice to think about.

Reply Parent Score: 2