MWC 2009: Live Report
Let’s start with the home screen – it shows you a virtual 3D desk with different objects (widgets) over it. It is wider than the display and by scrolling left or right you’ll see the items that are positioned on it. The cool thing is that you can rearrange them - in 3D. For example we took the Calendar and put it behind the messaging – as it goes deeper into the desk, the icon becomes smaller – really cool effect of virtual space. Most of the icons have information, for example the email has a number of new mails, the picture frame shows the last viewed image, the music player shows the last track you’ve listened to, etc. There are lots of widgets and we hope Acer will allow additional ones to be installed.
However, if people want a simpler interface, swiping a finger vertically shows the alternative home screen – a grid of icons with pages (by the way, they are marked as in the iPhone). It seems that Acer want to keep it as simple as possible, and you won’t be able to rearrange the icons here. However, once you install new applications they will appear in this list. In addition, there is a link to the Quick Menu app, which houses shortcuts to your favorite functions.
Other custom applications include favorite contacts, images gallery, music player, weather. The first one has nice thumbnails of the people but isn’t really space-friendly, showing only 4 on a page. If you have lots of friends in this list, prepare to scroll a lot. In addition there is a speed dial app which shows 10 people at a time. The Images gallery is what you’d expect it to be – large thumbnails with 3D effects, when you swipe a finger images will move so the next is shown, etc. Once you select a photo and want to zoom, do not search for pinching or some gestures – you’ll have to press zoom buttons to change the size. The music player seems fine although its design is rather old school. It displays the album art covers as separate CDs and once you lay the song, the disc increases its size showing progress bar, volume and other controls. Oh, and on your virtual desktop, click on the Windows and you’ll open the Weather app – it can show the current situation in a few cities but we are wondering why Acer has given it such an old-school look.
Overall, the interface looks nice – it isn’t revolutionary, isn’t really sleek but is definitely good. We hope Acer will add additional personalization, for example in the phone book and the messaging menus (in addition to the Easy Keyboard) that are some of the most commonly used apps.
In contrast, the other three are designed to be budget smart phones. Acer will try to make them friendlier to the Average Joe and will offer some untypical features. The one is a slider with numeric keypad, so people will dial numbers or write message as on a normal phone. The other two are identical (one is 2G only, the other is 3G) and will be with exchangeable covers, so people can personalize their look. We’re told each will come with a few different covers in the box. Acer’s aim is to make their phone as affordable as possible, with prices starting from $199 and going up to $299 before subsidies.
1. aza909 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2009)
wow the omnia hd looks the best in the show (se idou- 3.5 inch; doesnt have 3.5 mm. why??) (hd video!!!_
2. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
The home screen looks like windows mobile took some key components from the HTC TouchFLO 2D/3D concept expanded on it in a very intuitive way. I am excited that Windows 7 and WM6.5 look like they will be successful. THANK YOU MICROSOFT FOR GETTING OFF YOUR A** AND DOING SOMETHING FOR A CHANGE!
3. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
Wow, now Winmo is only a couple years behind other platforms.