- 12-17-2012, 08:58 PM #1
I am sure this question must have been asked before but want to know your thoughts and work around, if any?
I am running WP 7.5 on my Omnia 7 with a 4" screen, apparently almost all the apps I use (FB, Sessmic, Aljazeera, BBC etc) take almost 1/3 of the screen real estate with the logo and WP group header in bold fonts right in my face (as if i am short sighted). If i am sitting in a bus, I am sure the person sitting at a distance of four or five rows behind me can read the header. I have limited screen estate on my phone and the real content that I want to read is limited, is this design not oxymoron to what Microsoft dictates in it's WinRT design i.e. the content should fill up the space.
I quite like the design of WP but these fugly in your face headers just pisses me off, I would like to read 3 more tweets and not see the useless headers.
12-17-2012, 09:48 PM #4
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The BBC app, frankly, is not as well designed.
This is not dictated by MS in the design, but is more of a branding in the app. The Drudge Reader uses a much smaller header up top. You can also see the smaller header in the MS designed weather app.
It largely depends on who makes the app. Same goes in all the other platforms. I've seen many iOS and Android apps with some serious icon and header clutter.
Most phone apps waste a lot of space due to visual aesthetics. I find the Metro UI ends up looking better and often wastes less space in equivalent apps, such as the IMDB app across platforms.
- 12-17-2012, 09:53 PM #5
It is not only third party but even Microsoft stock apps that comes with the phone has the aesthetics issue. See People Hub, Music etc. It's been 2 years since WP7 major was released and why is this not an issue? OR is it just me who feels these bold header are shouting at me?
12-17-2012, 10:12 PM #6
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Microsoft's new UI language takes lessons from print design and GOOD design practices. It creates clear visual hierarchy, white space, and clean minimalism that lets the content be the focus.
Yes, this means you can't put a million words on a screen. But it also means its clear where to focus your eye, where content separates, etc.
Its like old websites where everyone wanted to have all the content above the fold on the home page. Ever seen the GoDaddy site 6 years ago? You know what happened? People didn't read any of the content because they couldn't figure out what they should focus on.
If you look at most of the best websites today, they are done much the same way as Windows Phone with typographical hierarchy and clear "sections" of content.
If you think the headers are fugly, then maybe you should go to the cluster**** UI of Android. Where all the content is scattered all over the screen in a chaotic mess.
I'm a UI designer and even I can't figure those damn phones out. I'll take the one less tweet on the screen for some sanity.
If you think Microsoft is going to change this, then you are expecting them to dump the UI language and destroy what defines Windows Phone.
12-17-2012, 10:16 PM #7
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Hey guy, this website is not affiliated with Microsoft in any way. If you don't like the basic design style, then clearly it's not the device for you. You should check out the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy SIII and decide what you like, they are great phones too.
What is the point of your post, just to vent? Okay. All of the windows phones look the same, if you don't like it just try something else.
- 12-17-2012, 11:48 PM #8
First look at any W7 app, what I first focus on is the headers, still reading the content i am cursing for lost of space and then scrolling kicks in.
OK it looks beautiful and all, but if i am reading something I want to read as much content as possible in the limited visual estate, I do not care how cool the next element to it looks like. Maybe you are looking from a designer perspective, as a content user I care about seeing content not the beauty around it. I think it should be good if these headers automatically fade out.
I completely agree with you that android is a clusterfk where content is scattered all over, but apple on the other hand gets it well done.
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- 12-18-2012, 12:15 AM #10
Note that you aren't really "reading" content on the People/Music hub -- you're just flicking through and you can use jump lists to navigate quickly. Where there is actual content involved, there is indeed more real estate -- the browser only has a small bar at the bottom, and the "what's new" tab of the People hub hides the bottom menu to make more space.
- 12-18-2012, 12:24 AM #11
"...but apple on the other hand gets it well done."
Sure, I especially like that back button placement. Most convenient one ever.
12-18-2012, 01:36 AM #12
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I've used both Android and iPhone alot as I've worked on apps for them. I often find the headings blend into the UI too much.
Also, as noted by others, if you compare it to iOS you'll find iOS takes up about the same real-estate once you count the chrome effects and the upper and lower nav bars.
I use the people hub often to view updates and I find the 1-3 Facebook or twitter updates to be the perfect consumable amount. I glance at a few scroll, glance and scroll. It helps my eye break down the content and focus on it easier.
being content focused isn't just about putting more content on the screen. Its also about letting the content breathe so your eye can segregate sections of focus.
Large text as headings provides glancable context and also provides white space as the text visually has more space between its elements.
I understand everyone has an opinion, but you're complaining about a defining element of Windows Phone. Its like buying a Miata and complaining it has no trunks space.
12-18-2012, 02:09 AM #13
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It's pure wastage of space.
Only 213 out of 1280 pixels (16.6%) are used to display the chat.
304 out of 1280 pixels (23.75%) are completely wasted displaying nothing.
If those pixels had been utilized, the screen space could be improved by 143%.
I'm sure even more space could be squeezed out if they allowed for smaller fonts and decreased the space between stuff, or even allowed for a smaller keyboard.
- 12-18-2012, 02:23 AM #15
Nothing is wasted there as you can view the conversation without the keyboard too. It's far more important to keep the keyboard as it is to ensure as good typing experience as possible. Besides, 120 px on top of the keyboard is used for word suggestions, hardly wasted space no?
12-18-2012, 03:12 AM #16
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If someone doesn't like the elements of Metro - there are many other choices: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Jolla/Meego, Bada, and every other iPhone clone OSs.
There are many ways to increase the amount of content in Metro - both for developers (use pivots instead of panoramas) and users (use HTC 8X or Samsung ATIV S - both give you more vertical space).
12-18-2012, 04:15 AM #18
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Besides, there's no harm giving people an option for smaller fonts. Not everybody likes small fonts but not everybody likes big fonts either. Give everyone an option and everyone will be happy.
- 12-18-2012, 05:12 AM #19
12-20-2012, 06:39 PM #23
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I have to say I have come to really appreciate white space in the last few years. The 'metro' (or modern, whatever it is called) style has even made me take a look at the reports we produce at work - they're all so jammed with stuff... more, more, more. I've come to see that more isn't necessarily better and really appreciate the space in this UI and, yes, the oversized text in some cases.
That said, I imagine lots of people won't find this UI to their liking and that's just as valid a position as my appreciation of it. Luckily all of us have options - and much as I enjoy the phone and OS, Xbox Music is making me look at other options....but that's a whole other thread (or dozen threads) lol. [Mini hijack!]
12-20-2012, 09:48 PM #25
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On topic, this is a preference. Believe it or not this is something you should consider when buying a phone. Personally I live the OS, its clean, modern and makes me feel like I'm nit having everything thrown at me like in Android. I checked plenty of iOS apps with my coworkers iPhone, Nd if you look at it the top nav bar and the bottom bar in combination take up alot of the same screen real estate.
What really amazes me though is how lazy we're becoming that we dint even want to scroll to see more content.
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