Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Sep 2017 10:59 UTC
Apple

The unfinished feeling in iOS 11 mostly comes from UI and animation. UI elements in iOS are quite inconsistent, mixing a variety of UI elements, which might look quite similar but introduce a disconnected feeling for UX. The inconsistency of those elements majorly stems from those UI element updated in iOS 11, such as Large Title and new Search Bar. In my opinion, those newly introduced elements, which might be unfamiliar and new even to Apple engineers, have caused many inconsistent UI experience in iOS 11.

Many of you will look at this and consider it a bunch of whiny nonsense, but the problem with Apple being lax on details is that it turns into a case of monkey see, monkey do. Third party developers will become lax as well, leading to an overall degradation of UI quality and consistency. This is the last thing iOS, which has never exactly been a visually consistent operating system to begin with, needs.

People go nuts because the ports on the bottom of a Samsung phone - which you effectively never look at - aren't aligned, yet, ever since iOS 7, Apple has basically been winging its iOS UI design and polish.

Something about grading on a curve.

Thread beginning with comment 649128
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
The question is...
by darknexus on Thu 21st Sep 2017 16:25 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

What current os is consistent? Can anyone name a major graphical environment still in wide-spread use which has consistency? I know I can't think of one.

Reply Score: 4

RE: The question is...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 21st Sep 2017 22:51 in reply to "The question is..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Or, perhaps better yet:

Ask the average tech inclined person about their favorite Graphical Environment ( mobile or not, don't think it matters) and ask them if its consistent.

How many would say yes?
How many of those who say now would actually be able to pin point specific differences?


I'd like to argue that Android, gnome and kde are pretty consistent, but really what I mean is: I don't notice any issues. Now, for the apps I develop, do I know the dirty truth about misaligned pixels and inconsistent behaviors? Absolutely. I could list them off in my sleep.

I'm not sure what that means for my attention to detail, but I'd like to believe that its because I'm liberal in what I accept from others, but strict in the behaviors from myself.

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: The question is...
by leech on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 04:36 in reply to "RE: The question is..."
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I remember all the arguments that Gnome and KDE weren't consistent in their UI from the Windows users. I always laughed at them and pointed them toward Windows and Office. Two products made by the same company, but neither of which ever appeared to fit with each other at all.

At least Gnome applications are consistent within Gnome and KDE applications within KDE.

The most noticeable things in a UI is when the Cancel/Okay buttons are reversed. That drives me nuts! A few pixels misaligned here and there can be spotted, but when you keep canceling things when you don't want to, it starts to make you rather angry....

Windows is still terrible, you have so many different installers which do this very thing.

Reply Parent Score: 2