Windows Phone Modern UI
When you take a look at a Windows Phone device you instantly notice – this thing is really 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.
The Windows Phone so far has generated little “wow”-effect, despite the huge efforts from Microsoft, Nokia, and some 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 critics accuse it of being impractical, leaving tons of unused spaces.
The combination of the Tiles and typography that dominates the Windows Phone platform is interpreted by many as both modern but 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? Do you, or do you not like it? Post your comments below.