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Windows Phone 8 concept smartphone is a live tile overkill

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Windows Phone 8 concept smartphone is a live tile overkill
Live tiles are the salt and pepper of Windows Phone. They make the OS different from all mobile platforms there are in existence without rendering it any less functional than its competitors. We kind of dig them too for their elegance and simplicity, not to mention that with WP8 and the 7.8 update, one can have them in three different sizes.

Yet the folks at Yanko Design might be a bit too obsessed with live tiles, judging by these drawings of a Windows Phone 8 concept smartphone. Designed by Alexandros Stasinopoulos, the conceptual device attempts to unify the visuals of the interface with the handset's looks by extending the borders separating individual tiles across the device's entire surface. In other words, the goal is to have hardware and software complementing each other. Other tweaks you might notice affect the home button, which has been moved to the smartphone's side. There are two of them, actually, one on the left and one on the right side of the device, for easy access regardless of which hand the user is holding the handset with. 

Overall, we find this design to be a bit of an overkill, but that is just our opinion. What do you, guys, think about it? Is anyone willing to show up in public using a smartphone looking like that? Let us know by dropping a comment!





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posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:34 16

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2433; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


rubix cube lookin phones........lol killer but how would it feel to use in the hand?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:54 4

16. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


it kills

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:23 3

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3991; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It looks cool at first but then over time I can see it start to look like a toy more than anything. Also if you have a small child around the house he or she will DEFINITELY think it's a toy! lol

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 07:15 3

23. PAPINYC (Posts: 2274; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Not only that but, those damn tiles give me vertigo.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 07:34 2

24. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3991; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol I can see someone walking in circles in a parking lot after using this phone because of the vertigo. lol

"Why are you walking in circles?" "Well I just sent a text from my awesome WP8, it should go away in about 5 min." "Ohh let me see that phone." "Sure here you go."

Now 2 are walking in circles! lol

+1

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 07:55 2

26. PAPINYC (Posts: 2274; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


lol :)

Too bad what happened to Windows Mobile.
(And, before someone replies that it's not 'Mobile', when you're able to install W[p]8 on a desktop or laptop then we can talk. Until then, it's a "mobile" platform).

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 08:26

30. drazyw (unregistered)


I don't get it. What bad happend to Windows Mobile?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:40 2

2. louay_joumaa (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


i like the colors :D

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:41

3. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


how will the black stripe match the others on the phonebody when resized?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:42 4

4. DOUBLE_BASS (Posts: 44; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


ugly.

what is more ugly is that i have to add (.) after the word ugly to make it 5 characters reply

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:44

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't like the back...plain would look great! However, knowing it is a concept phone, it still looks fragile.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:52 2

6. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


looks like a s h i t

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:25

9. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


+1 mate

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:05

20. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


i know what you mean.....

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:56

7. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Accent color of the last photo is amazing.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:57

8. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I kind of like it guys. I wouldn't buy it. But I like it.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:36

10. abdullahgulabi (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


I love it, and yes I would buy it. After switching so many smartphones on different OSes, I see no caveat in using the 'less popular' one. Great design.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:41 2

11. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


woooww that's so damn beautiful

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:43

12. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 628; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


L'art pour l'art

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:51 2

13. Lenny86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


AWESOME,AWESOME,AWESOME...I can not repeat myself...This is f**kn' cool and show us the new times of mobiles,maybe shoulda a little bit thinner.CONGRATS' guys,perfect thinking.

ReSpEcT

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:52 4

14. Ray.S (Posts: 256; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I don't like this concept. Doesn't even look good. :(

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:53 4

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


So you prefer iPhone 5? Lol

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:56 2

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Wenda, Wenda, Wenda...when will you ever get over iP5???
Darn....accidentally gave you a thumbs up

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:54

22. wendygarett (unregistered)


Ok then, here's your chance :D

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 12:37 1

35. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Oops...that was not me!! But since there's one, no more! :D

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 05:55 1

17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Agreed!!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:03 1

19. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I love Windows Phone but this is too much because it takes away from the simple beauty of the metro live tiles.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 07:42

25. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I like it and would buy it depending on hardware specs and what else is out there at the time it becomes available.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 07:58

27. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Whoever made this, should be very proud.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 07:59

28. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


What this concept forgets about Modern UI (trying to get used to that) is the simplicity and minimalist side of it. It becomes so dominant with this it is freaking overbearing. Live tiles should compliment the hardware, not take it over.

Like a lot of UI's that try to do too much to Android, this forgets why it's OS works.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 08:17

29. MrClean77 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Is there a word for something beyond overkill?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 09:27

31. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)


I like the white one. But it will be more for a fashion accessory than for daily use.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:49 2

32. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Looks exactly like a Lego phone!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 11:35

33. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


It's gonna hurt my hands.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 12:10

34. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2166; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'm not particularly into the Windows Phone interface, but I think these concepts look dope as hell. Very creative. Kudos to the designer.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 18:42

36. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


its cool taking inspiration from the live tile in the UI, and it looks so dope and creative, though in my own opinion (as others also said) it looks like a toy and i also prefer if the back side was clean and empty but it will look weird (design-wise) the designer is for sure creative where he took his inspiration from a whole new concept, after all i like the design and why not have revolutionary designs, unleash your imaginations lol

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 19:34

37. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


....Or we can have the 8X, which is just a live tile in 3D?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 22:03

38. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


its a brick phone.. ip68 certified..

and i will buy all colors

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 02:01

39. platformwars (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Loved it.. i dont know how it will look like after resizing our tiles though.. but excellent concept.. should be put to phones.

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