This profoundly saddens me.
It is another sign that I am really getting old
I know we're both getting old brother.
So we gotta find some way to stop aging because these young'ins are sure messin' things up!
To be sure, I meant the average, fickle, commodity consuming public which is what, 90% of the phone market? ( I would say the number is far less for desktops and laptops but gradually increases inversely proportional to screen size ). As the cost and features of plans get more similar and other variables like signal coverage become ubiquitous ( well I don't know about your town but around these parts there are few dead zones left ) and cost of the phone ( subsidized ), and functions like an app store or notifications or pinching and everything else converges, all that's left for the average consumer to decide about is the final visual appearance. When they see them side by side I very much anticipate most of them to be unimpressed with the WP immediately, but perhaps they'll ask the salesman: 'can I change this to look like that?
' ( pointing at the snazzy wallpaper on an Android or raindrops on an iPhone ) and they'll balk when he stutters: 'ummm, well, we *can* change that little bit of wallpaper you see behind those giant rectangles, but ...
If I were a Microsoft board member I would be worried now. It seems as if they set their grand plan in motion without ever sitting down and comparing the final product visual appeal with the other two players like in those photos above. How could that happen! Well, somehow they did it with the Metro
name thing so I guess it is no surprise. The thing I mentioned about a gathering of phones was triggered by an actual event I was at recently. There were at least 100 people and probably 75 phones ( no WP's that I noticed ). At times when most were sitting at tables you could see all the phones in operation and as I walked around I was imagining if 1/3 had been WP's that *they* would have been the most uniform and conservative and boring since almost everyone else's was already customized with fancy wallpaper or baby or wedding pictures. Many times people were checking out each others phones, usually drawn by the main picture, something unlikely for WP's I think. And few if any of them were computer geeks, trust me, as I got roped into a pile of stupid jobs ("I got this problem on my home computer, it says the FBI wants me to ...
This reminds me of a seldom mentioned but one of the worst features of Metro
, and that is the paradigm of the start screen announcing the presence every software you own and use right within easy eavesdropping ( eyes
) range of view so that a 'spy' doesn't even have to squint to know your business. On a phone I imagine this to be more difficult than larger computers but they do get to see your inbox email count or facebook and twitter notifications and other things at a glance. However on laptops and desktops this is terrible. People will begin to really miss the 'soft security' provided by subfolders and sub-flyouts in the Start Menu where only you know how to find your 'stuff', and can do it so quickly and easily that someone standing right next to you still won't be able to figure out what you did. The Microsoft fanboys and the actual softies that discuss this in the forums always describe this as a benefit: 'no more digging for programs, they're all right there on the start screen
', but as usual they have it bass ackwards. On a phone ( like using an ATM ) you will soon develop a spy-blocking hand-shielding skillset, but on larger screens this will be a completely new problem leaving us wishing for the older, inferior LCD's with narrow viewing angles that forced you to have your head placed squarely in front of it.
Anyway back to what I was saying, people like us are obviously far more discerning, no doubt about it, and would go for substance over style. But once again, WP, or more specifically Windows offers nothing in this form factor. I'll probably wind up with a Windows 8
tablet or Surface eventually, and at that size it just might work out okay, but I guarantee that if it's at all possible I will have a real keyboard and mouse hooked up eventually ( just for some twisted satisfaction because I can
) after I get tired of cleaning the screen and making mistakes on the toy keyboard. I just don't see it getting past a few years ( the Surface ), like a fad. At the phone form factor I *can* see it surviving, and actually do hope it does because that would be great competition for the other two. But Microsoft will have to do better than Metro
, honestly. I'm talking about major customization putting some real zing into it, the opposite that they seem to have as a plan. If they are so intent on branding lock-in I dare them to get the manufacturers to make the ringtone non-customizeable permanently set to whatever jingle their brilliant marketeers decide.. Of course they won't because they know full well there is a limit where the people will kiss them goodbye. However they certainly have advanced the limitations this time more than ever before.
Here is where I once again offer to help Microsoft for free, waiving copyright and compensation! The Windows Phone should jump out
in a visual comparison. If I was designing it, besides the obvious like ringtone, wallpaper and screensaver selection, every single parameter for the 'tiles' would be tweakable: size, shape, image, icon, spacing, color, textures, gradients, brightness, contrast, etc. Within the actual tiles themselves all parameters would be adjustable: layout, padding, margin, font, color, justification, etc. I would allow selection of scroll direction, speed, and introduce user selectable visual effects commonly found in every DV editing suite and transition effects found in every slideshow creator. *That* would have been groundbreaking for the current phone market and all it really involves are the traditional Windows features plus simple HTML and CSS styling. In other words, Microsoft could have accomplished this without even breaking a sweat.EDIT:
had to snip your quote Jaclaz, we hit the smiley limit this time.
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 05 September 2012 - 10:54 AM.