Windows Phone 8 concept smartphone is a live tile overkill

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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40 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

16. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

it kills

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

23. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

26. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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).

30. drazyw unregistered

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

2. louay_joumaa

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

i like the colors :D

3. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

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

4. DOUBLE_BASS

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

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

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

looks like a s h i t

9. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

+1 mate

20. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i know what you mean.....

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Accent color of the last photo is amazing.

8. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

10. abdullahgulabi

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

woooww that's so damn beautiful

12. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

L'art pour l'art

13. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 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

14. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

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

15. wendygarett unregistered

So you prefer iPhone 5? Lol

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

22. wendygarett unregistered

Ok then, here's your chance :D

35. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Agreed!!

19. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

25. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

27. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Whoever made this, should be very proud.

28. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

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