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Windows Phone Modern UI: do you like it?

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Windows Phone Modern UI: do you like it?
When you first take a look at a Windows Phone device you instantly get it - this is different. And it’s different mostly because of the Modern UI (or what Microsoft used to call Metro interface).

What is the Modern UI? Two things, mostly: Live Tiles and big typography.

Inspired by the design language used in the Seattle public transportation system, the interface is at the core of the Zune and later on the Windows experience.

Modern UI is all about the visual.

Modern UI is all about the visual.

Zune failed, and Windows Phone so far has generated little momentum despite huge efforts from Microsoft, Nokia and a bunch of other partners. Windows Phone 8 has just been released, and we can’t help but wonder: will it succeed? And what is the reason for WP slow start so far?

Digging down to the core, we bump into the Modern interface. On one hand, it’s dynamic, with some Live Tiles changing on the go, but on the other the tiles seem just like icons, and a weird monochrome take on icons.

Next comes the funky typography. It’s fun, but nay-sayers accuse it of being impractical, leaving tons of unused spaces.

And the combination of the Tiles and typography that dominates the Windows Phone platform could be interpreted as both modern and plain. Apple and Android are hugely successful with fairly traditional interfaces, giving preference to practicality over those avant-garde looks. So help us out here - is the Modern UI what’s stopping Windows Phone from succeeding? Finally it all boils down to whether you like it or not. Have your say below.


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Windows Phone Modern UI: do you like it?
82.03%
1963 votes
(1963 votes) Yes, Live Tiles are dynamic and more useful than icons, and the funky typography is nice.
17.97%
430 votes
(430 votes) No, Live Tiles are awkward, traditional icons and widgets are more flexible. The new typography is not practical.

2393 votes



Modern UI with Live Tiles and big fonts.
Modern UI with Live Tiles and big fonts.
Modern UI with Live Tiles and big fonts.

Modern UI with Live Tiles and big fonts.


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posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:22 47

1. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Can't live without them, using Android or iOS always feels so backwards compared to the Metro UI.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:33 18

9. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


seriously?
good post microsoft marketing team

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:43 15

16. MeoCao (unregistered)


OMG, did they call WP UI modern?

1. All devices look the same, no personalization
2. You have to look at each tile for tiny bits of information against centralized interactive Notification center of Android
3. The multitask management is awful, no swipe to delete gesture like Android
...
and can there be any launchers possible?

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:55 27

22. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Yeah, and not in a whim. Why is that so surprising?

1. Customization is at middle level. Above iOS and below Android
2. That's not a bad thing, I can also say that you have to look at the centralized info center... Are we so lazy that we can't even take a LOOK?
3. Do you imply that Windows should just copy the swipe gesture of Android? I don't think so.

I'm not Android hater, in fact I love it. Just that your post is underrating WP8 so horribly than it deserves. Remember everyone, WP8 is meant to fill the gap between openness of Android and strict closed ecosystem of iOS.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:23 6

49. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm with you man!!
I don't know what the outcome will be if Windows had customizable icons and widgets like Android.
We won't be able to differentiate between them!
And thank God Microsoft left it this way because everyone and i mean everyone (!!!) can easily differentiate between Android, Windows and iOS.
+1

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:25 3

62. MeoCao (unregistered)


2. That's bad thing when you have a lot of live tiles spreading several pages, then you have big troubles kepping track with all those tiles.

3. I agree that WP should not copy Android but it should offer something equally convenient or better, Right now it cannot.

I think WP has an important role but what I'm criticizing is WP's failure to fill it.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:51

67. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


meh i can eaisly track a tinny little tile thats because they are perfectly sorted and when we set it we know where it is. you will say that cuz android icons are tiny and hard to find when u only have to identify the logo not the name of app or take the whole thing to home screen :P i know that is harder for android cuz i used symbian S60 and android UI is symbian copy

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:04 1

79. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Lol so creating an organized folder of categorized apps is.... Confusing or boxes that look alike riiiiight millions of people are just idiots then

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 13:57 2

74. saiki4116 (Posts: 356; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


yup,you are right man...the live tile looks sexy when shown on ads,but when you populate your screen with so many of them,organizing them would be definitely a mess....in android i keep widgets in home screen in a classified order like one screen for social networking,one for chat,one for productive apps...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:56 1

23. Aeires (unregistered)


I've been wondering what type of mod community W8 will have. If they can hack in launchers, that'd be a major win.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:39

36. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


yes, there are launchers possible, on the android market, several actually. now you can change you're crapdroid to WP ui. enjoy what you've missing on android... :)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:59 2

41. erick01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


"All devices look the same, no personalization..." did you see the video with MS´s Belfiore comparing the screen layout among Android and iOS??? Those screens maaan......: boring.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:53

68. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


place 100 SGS3 off what is the difference between them all :\ now turn them all on except home screen what is the difference nothing dont know what personalization u are crying about

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:49 2

55. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Did you forget that android copied webOS with the "swipe to delete" feature? Stop being a fanboy, son. All OSs have many similar features. I like where Mas is going with this.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:45

65. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yeah because WP is not a copy of android its a differnt thing and it donest even need stuff u chanting it is well made to double check all what u saying very effectivly i believe u didnt used WP at all and from adroid u will obviously think negitive that what fandroids do

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:07

30. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I wish, I'd love them to give me all the MS goodies.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:02

75. wp8forever (unregistered)


Wow wp8 getting a lot of love cuz at the end we all know is a great product, we can't deny that, and Microsoft did a terrific job with wp8 I can't wait for at&t to release it.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 20:25 1

81. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


it will be another epic fail, just like there previous.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:52 3

39. wp8forever (unregistered)


They just mad cuz windows phone 8 rocks and they know it, is just the best of both world but what I like the most is that is original no and ios copy sorry didn't mean to refer to android maybe I did, and on top of that u add that surface pro whattttt running full windows 8 on a tablet jesus don't do that to android and apple Microsoft hater hate all you want wp8 and windows in general are coming hard.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 12:39 2

69. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


the poll should have one more option
BETTER THAN IOS UI

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:53

78. pookiewood (Posts: 616; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I like it as well and have since my Zune HD. Just Different. It looks good as well. I do miss 2 things from the Zune like the augmented reality when tilting the Zune and being able to tap on the text at the top to go back.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:23 9

2. hung2900 (Posts: 805; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Somebody think it's beautiful, interesting and the tiles are very useful
But i think i will be boring few years later, like N9/L800/L900/L920 design

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:27 15

5. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


probably, it will be boring in a few years, unlike android and ios, which is already boring today...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:44 3

18. MeoCao (unregistered)


I can see it boring right now, no need to wait at all.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:01 6

27. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Well if its so boring to you why comment, just move on. Others like it. Its down to preferance

But have to say bored of android users hating so much on anything wp8. You all go on about how apple wants everything under there control yet you say things like 'android will replace everything' or 'only need android Theres no room for others etc,

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:48 2

38. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 381; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


He commented because it's a poll!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:09 4

45. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


You can vote without commenting the same thing that most android users seem to be trolling on every wp article

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:26

50. MeoCao (unregistered)


Hey, are you from North Korea? In North Korea people can only speak like Dear Leader or keep quiet.

But here people have right to say what they think so get used to it.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:29 2

51. papss (unregistered)


Agreed..if you dont like then see you way to another section.. stop trolling

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:05

56. MeoCao (unregistered)


This shows weakness of WP, when you are weak you don't want people to talk about that b-c you can't talk back.

I think WP is boring but I love talking about WP poor quality, that's not trolling by any means. LOL

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:15 2

58. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Lmao well I'm not wp, stop acting like your android like your a significant part of it its trully tragic.

Second the strongest is the one that feels no need to defend itself against others slating it and as you android use have shown your quick to defend and try prove your choice of os Not secure are you.

Shall we talk about how the lg nexus has no sd card and a real let down, or keep rehashing how fragile the s3 is or how low end android devices are pretty useless and buggy........your just hating for the sake of it

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:59 3

26. Bernoulli (Posts: 1452; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Eh I don't think the n9 is boring in the least bit, the windows os yes but not MeeGo man

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:16 3

59. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


N9 is amazing!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 20:29

82. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


i love it N9 true open Linux like Android.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:32

80. jroc74 (Posts: 5042; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I didnt vote because I dont like them, but its nice to have something different. The way the answers were worded, it didnt feel right to vote either way.

Different isnt necessarily better. Android going with icons, to me its the "if it aint broke..." saying.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:24 9

3. baldilocks (Posts: 525; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


No customization = fail in my book.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:36 13

10. -box- (Posts: 3826; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...customization? Like having moveable, resizeable tiles that change their info based on what you want without having to open the app (like a widget) and give you the option to change color, and do not clash or go missing because you chose a conflicting background image?

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:39 9

14. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Too much customization means less performance stability and more confusion.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:58

25. Aeires (unregistered)


How is it confusing when I'm doing my own customization? If I set my phone up like I want it to look and operate, where's the confusion?

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:29

34. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


It might be cofusing for people that are not used to use smartphones, specially kids, women and old people.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:13

47. Aeires (unregistered)


That totally contradicts getting a smartphone then. When you buy a smartphone, you have to know you are getting an advanced mobile device.

If it's too confusing, stick with feature phones.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:27 2

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


I still prefer icons on iPhone 5 :)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:31 14

7. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


OK seriously stop the trolling, go enjoy static icons then you have no need to mention that phone in anyway

Just trolling for the sake of it

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:32 7

8. geniusjatt (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


icons lol

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:38 1

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


That's 5 rows of apps... it's AWESOME!!!! LOLOL :D

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:13

31. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


your 4 inch screen is awsome! so is your purple flare and static lines. by the way, apple maps is out of this world!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:23 3

33. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


you mean the "icons" that apple license from nokia....

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:28

6. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


No "I like some parts but I don't like some?"

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:40

15. -box- (Posts: 3826; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Should be more options.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:37 1

11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i dont really care what it is called! :)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:37 5

12. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


I love them!!!....and they are not copying anyhting that we have seen before, read iOS/Android.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:43 4

17. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


I've never considered a Windows phone but I've just been into a phone shop for a browse while waiting to meet someone. I saw a HTC 8X. The icons on and information on the home screen looked nice. Not sure if better than Android but definitely different, but in a good way..

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:44 2

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 3007; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Don't like the Windows 8 interface. Hope they come up with something better next release of windows.

Please make better use of the track pad. Its too primitive to navigate through w8 interface.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:10

46. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


That's too bad gramps. You still use old unsupported windows or buy the 2000-3000$ mac PC.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:53 4

20. Meeii (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I liked them in WP7 and I like them even better now in WP8. I'm so getting a lumia 920.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:55

21. Aeires (unregistered)


Nope. Tiles are not what I want to see all the time. Biggest reason I won't be using W8 on my computer either.

MS has a great mobile OS, just made it too restrictive with the tiles. If there was a way of getting rid of them, I'd be seriously looking at the Samsung Ativ or Nokia 920.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:56 2

24. digitalw (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


It's strange on the begining. but i think it's OK, for me.
Don't argue is it ok or not. If you like it, buy it, if not... don't! :)
Simple as that!
Have a lovely day!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:01 9

28. ahhxd717 (Posts: 319; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Idk why a lot of people give Microsoft so much crap for trying something new. All the Android guys here scream for innovation, and when Microsoft tries, it's all "ugh so ugly, blah blah". I mean, you might not like the modern ui, but at least it's something out of the ordinary. I like it and think it's a refreshing experience on a phone, especially after having used WM. Definitely looking at WP8 once my upgrade comes.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:04 6

29. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Thank you said it better then I could

Android users keep bashing apple for doing Nothing new, then when microsoft bring something refreshing there quick to slate it and defend there os for no actual reason then to try make everyone see android as superior

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:14 1

48. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Its a fanboy thing.

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