UI Centric hits a homerun with potential Windows 7 tablet interface

Although Apple has been the dominant player in the recent tablet market, many manufacturers have been spending R+D dollars playing catch-up. Although many agree that a fully fledged operating system like Windows 7 would be difficult to adapt into a fully touch-based interface model, the designers at UI Centric are currently developing a promising looking solution.

Their user interface, codenamed "Macallan", looks to be an up-an-coming solution to the potential Windows 7 adaptation issue. With native multitasking, flash support and full camera functionality the impressive featureset of this upstart is targeting the iPad head-on. Combining these features with a very slick interface, UI Centric also states that a "major manufacturer" will be shipping their product in Q3 of this year.

While harnessing the abilities of a fully-fledged Windows 7 based deployment, Macallan simplifies navigation and usage into a similar, yet discrete, paradigm. Users familiar with iOS may be taken aback by the minimalist approach, but users should find themselves at home as the UI looks quite intuitive at first glance.

Although details are sparse, early screenshots depict what seems to be a rolling menu along with very sleek page to page transitions. The "smart overview" section allows a quick glance at many difference pieces of pertinent information, while the "acetate peel" multitasking seems to be a neat touch. This combined with the underlying Windows 7 architecture opens a whole range of opportunities for the user, many of which will be quite welcome in the currently small tablet market. 

It is an exciting time in this new field and many new developments can be expected from developers across the board. Be sure to keep your eye on this, and other software as it may be coming to a palm near you.

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Overlaying this upon a windows 7 system would be amazing. I would like to use this as my default UI for the HP Touchsmart 300. It is a much sleeker design than the touchchsmart UI , HP offer out of the box. This should be an available to any touch-enabled windows 7 device. A sort of Windowblinds for Touch. I get the feeling it will only be available to system builders.

From the UI Centric website: "Macallan will be available under a licensing model to hardware manufacturers ..."

Having a long, drawn-out gesture for the (supposed to be) simple "back" operation is an epic usability fail.

@roadwarrior, the one tablet that comes to mind to do that is the HP2730p+battery slice. With the slice I believe it weighed in at 1.8Kg for a 12.1" screen.

If MS made a more complete office suite for WP7, like what apple did with iOS on Ipad, id be there is a second. I dont need access to every native win app when im out and being mobile. Even if I did between all the cloud services and remote/vpn options id be set.

Give me WP7 with a fuller office in a device that gives me battery akin to the ipad and im set. The WP7 tablet mockup looked better than the default WP7 and made use of the widescreen.

Looks quite good. But these "full os" tablets worry me. Especially in terms of battery life. While the iPad may be more "simple" it's got an incredible battery.

Xero said,
Looks quite good. But these "full os" tablets worry me.

Me too, but for a different reason. People claim that they are great because they can run all of your standard Windows programs, but what those people love to ignore is the fact that the vast majority of those hundreds of thousands of programs simply were not designed to be useable on a touch-based device.

Xero said,
Looks quite good. But these "full os" tablets worry me. Especially in terms of battery life. While the iPad may be more "simple" it's got an incredible battery.

I get close to 7 hours battery life on my tablet. Is that not enough?

andrewbares said,
I get close to 7 hours battery life on my tablet. Is that not enough?
Thats actually not to bad. However I think tablets or at least the iPad is used a lot while travelling, in which case the longer the better. If it actually gets 7 hours of constant usage, thats better than I expect. Most seem to fall around the 5 hour range, which is quite bad.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
Since this is based on Win7. Will we need a firewall,av, and spyware protection? If so won't that really strain the system?

If you need all that stuff on a normal PC you're using it wrong.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
Since this is based on Win7. Will we need a firewall,av, and spyware protection? If so won't that really strain the system?

I'm using a tablet with all that installed and it still runs fast. What are you talking about?

Wow, that looks so much nicer than iOS! I really hope Microsoft doesn't drop the ball on their tablets, and release something like this!

I'm really confused by this idea of putting a full version of windows 7 on these things, why can't this ui be used on windows embedded. At least you could run it on arm processors then and wouldn't be reliant on waiting for the next generation of intel chips that may or may not perform close to current generation of arm.

I love it, but I still don't think Windows 7 is the right operating system to have on a tablet. If Microsoft thinks it is, they need to do something to refine it so it's not the same and not as resource heavy as it is on PCs and laptops.

Furthermore, who here honestly wants to have to worry about getting a virus on their tablet?

Ayepecks said,
I love it, but I still don't think Windows 7 is the right operating system to have on a tablet. If Microsoft thinks it is, they need to do something to refine it so it's not the same and not as resource heavy as it is on PCs and laptops.

Furthermore, who here honestly wants to have to worry about getting a virus on their tablet?

A tablet using one of the mobile OS's could just as well get a virus to. And seeing how they're not updated/patched as often, well, who knows which one is safer really.

Ayepecks said,
I love it, but I still don't think Windows 7 is the right operating system to have on a tablet. If Microsoft thinks it is, they need to do something to refine it so it's not the same and not as resource heavy as it is on PCs and laptops.

Furthermore, who here honestly wants to have to worry about getting a virus on their tablet?

But it is the preferred OS I would want to use. Tablets can do so much more than "mobile" crap.

sexypeperodri said,
Ugly as hell. iOS looks better.

Agreed. A bunch of icons arranged in a boring ass grid are so much more appealing.

/s

Joshie said,

Well aren't you just an adorable little minority.

Minority? As far as I know the iPad already sold in the millions. Not to mention the tens of millions of iPhones and iPod touches out there. So clearly people like the iOS interface and find it enjoyable to use.

But let's just ignore that pesky little detail.

.Neo said,

Minority? As far as I know the iPad already sold in the millions. Not to mention the tens of millions of iPhones and iPod touches out there. So clearly people like the iOS interface and find it enjoyable to use.

But let's just ignore that pesky little detail.

Using your same analogy, Windows 7 has a FAR more enjoyable, superior OS interface than all Apple products ever sold combined...

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

excalpius said,

Using your same analogy, Windows 7 has a FAR more enjoyable, superior OS interface than all Apple products ever sold combined...

You can't have your cake and eat it too.


Where did I say that that iOS interface IS more enjoyable than the above interface? I merely stated that tens of millions apparently like the iOS interface, which isn't exactly an "adorable little minority". Whether people prefer the iOS interface or not is purely subjective and not based on facts. It isn't fact that Mac OS X or Windows 7 has the better user experience, it's subjective as well. Next to that the iPhone doesn't have a monopoly, while Windows does. So a whole different thing is involved there as well.

Nice try.

Edited by .Neo, Aug 2 2010, 2:04am :

.Neo said,

Minority? As far as I know the iPad already sold in the millions. Not to mention the tens of millions of iPhones and iPod touches out there. So clearly people like the iOS interface and find it enjoyable to use.

But let's just ignore that pesky little detail.

Your attention to detail. It has failed you. It amazes me just a little that you could read me telling someone who thinks the UI is ugly that his opinion is a minority and take away from it that iOS is somehow a failure.

But I guess you hyperdefensive types find offense wherever you can latch onto it, real or imagined, just so you can have something snappy to say in front of as many eyes as possible.

/no no, give up, there's no way you can justify your response to my earlier post. you simply failed to see the words in front of your face and lunged for your keyboard, and it cannot be undone

Joshie said,

Your attention to detail. It has failed you. It amazes me just a little that you could read me telling someone who thinks the UI is ugly that his opinion is a minority and take away from it that iOS is somehow a failure.

But I guess you hyperdefensive types find offense wherever you can latch onto it, real or imagined, just so you can have something snappy to say in front of as many eyes as possible.

/no no, give up, there's no way you can justify your response to my earlier post. you simply failed to see the words in front of your face and lunged for your keyboard, and it cannot be undone


Just because something sounds coherent in your head doesn't mean it will also make sense written down.

Edited by .Neo, Aug 2 2010, 2:50am :

.Neo said,

Just because something sounds coherent in your head doesn't mean it will also make sense written down.

The new standard reply to anything in a thread that makes me automatically win.

.Neo said,

Minority? As far as I know the iPad already sold in the millions. Not to mention the tens of millions of iPhones and iPod touches out there. So clearly people like the iOS interface and find it enjoyable to use.

But let's just ignore that pesky little detail.

What the ****ing balls are you rambling on about? This product isn't even ****ing released. You can't ****ing compare two products based on sells if one isn't even ****ing being sold for ****s sake.

As you might be able to to tell (or not), people do like this UI.

The only ting I see wrong with it is that the "swipe" transition is a little slow, but it could also be the fact that it's running on test hardware as well. The rest of it looks awesome.

I like the folding page feature and that you can stop it if you change your mind or just wanted to peek at the next thing, but apart from that, meh. The WP7 tablet mockup, looking and worked better I felt.

I love the look of the UI. However, it does feel a little laggy in the video. If they can improve the lag issue, this will be a close IPad competitor.

Clearly, it will be optimized with final code by release. Any modern chipset can handle that kind of animation in realtime these days.

The person was lagging in sync with the hardware they were demonstrating. Quick call a doctor, I heard lag is a fatal condition if left untreated for too long. You don't want to know what happened when Kryten started lagging.

swanlee said,
It does not look as good or run as smoothly as the EXOPC gui lyaer.

check out the vids here for a tablet interface on top of win7 that works really well.

http://www.youtube.com/user/EXOPCTV

If I wanted to play Othello, I'd buy the game...

WTF is with the swiss cheese army of holes/circles as a UI design?! For example, in the browser "gamescreen", there are 5 links active with icons...surrounded by a hundred similarly colored empty circles.

They need to rethink their use of negative/whitespace...ahem.

Honestly, Windows7 works great with touch out of the box. If you want extra UI stuff then hiding the desktop icons and tossing in a few rainmeter objects and you'd be good to go.

Bengal34 said,
Honestly, Windows7 works great with touch out of the box. If you want extra UI stuff then hiding the desktop icons and tossing in a few rainmeter objects and you'd be good to go.

Yep I've left my Windows 7 Tablet completely stock for the interface, and it's perfect of course. But this new interface looks pretty... I like new interfaces.

andrewbares said,

Yep I've left my Windows 7 Tablet completely stock for the interface, and it's perfect of course. But this new interface looks pretty... I like new interfaces.

Same here, it's always nice to play with new things. I just feel that using the stock UI with some RainMeter goodness would run a bit smoother and feel more open.

meh not impressed. Seems to run very sluggish and is missing a lot of tiny little feedback effects a device like this needs. Test version or not, it's not something I would like. It's a shame because I would never buy an Apple product ever again either so Microsoft better get their tablet act together

Unlike the courrier, I hope this sees the light. Look very promising and simplier to use. I will probably get one if the price is right and good battery life. I am tired of charging my laptop every hours. The UI is quite intuitive and sexy too. It seems that other companies seems to release sleak and pretty interface.

omnicoder said,

It might just be a Skype thing or something. That looks too large for a phone.

That's why I laughed But a feature like Skype would be interesting. Though I'd rather use a phone to call with

omnicoder said,

It might just be a Skype thing or something. That looks too large for a phone.

Why too large? I've met countless people being shocked you can't use the iPad as a phone. It would be easy - or magical? Just a little Bluetooth headset and you are good to go...

MFH said,

Why too large? I've met countless people being shocked you can't use the iPad as a phone. It would be easy - or magical? Just a little Bluetooth headset and you are good to go...

Ask all those people that are shocked you can't call on it, this magical question... - Can it fit in your pocket?

No it can't, that's the most stupid question I've ever heard. It's an iPad! You know who usually asks these questions? People who are desperate. People who couldn't afford an iPhone's smartphone plan. When I had an iPod Touch, I would do ANYTHING to get calling on my iPod Touch, to have ALL the features of an iPhone. When I got an iPhone, I realized that was a joke. When everybody wanted the HTC HD2 to get Windows Phone 7, why was that? Because they loved their HTC HD2 and wanted it to run the latest and greatest. Just like me with my old iPod Touch.

People need to learn that a device only does what it is intended to do. And a company is not going to waste money and include features that their other product does, just to lose money. An iPad, is not a phone, so stop wanting it to be one. A Zune is a Zune, not a phone, so stop wanting a Zune Phone. The iPhone is a phone, get that. Windows Phone 7 devices are phones, get those when they are out this holiday season.

Electric Jolt said,

Ask all those people that are shocked you can't call on it, this magical question... - Can it fit in your pocket?

How does that matter when your are using it at home? iPad + Webcam => Videophone done well
Using the iPad on the go is a joke anyways as the display is way to glossy...

Electric Jolt said,
Ask all those people that are shocked you can't call on it, this magical question... - Can it fit in your pocket?

Get a clue mate. Nobody is suggesting using a tablet PC just like a mobile phone and taking it around with you to make calls on. However having an iPad or other tablet with a bluetooth headset would allow you to make calls on it everywhere the tablet device DOES go. For example, if I've got the iPad with me in the kitchen watching videos on it, I can make a call to my sister while walking around the kitchen hands free.

There are uses for calling capabilities on a tablet or slate device, no amount of whiny protests from you changes that fact.

BigCheese said,
This puts the ipad to shame.

It's always easier to promise people the world with concepts than to actually bring something on the market that works.

.Neo said,

It's always easier to promise people the world with concepts than to actually bring something on the market that works.

My current windows tablet puts the iPad to shame, and it existed long before the ipad, too! Imagine that!

andrewbares said,

My current windows tablet puts the iPad to shame, and it existed long before the ipad, too! Imagine that!


Is it just as then, lightweight and portable with the same (or better) battery life and targeted at the same market? Probably not.

The fact that it's built on top of Win7 suggest to me that it won't be as smooth as the iOS. In the video you can already see a stock Win7 right-click menu and that to me is not good.

I'm not sure if the "peel from the corner" thing is efficient either because your finger needs to travel thru almost the whole display to active it. Just imagine if to close your browser you had to click and drag from the corner of your display.

LaXu said,
The fact that it's built on top of Win7 suggest to me that it won't be as smooth as the iOS. In the video you can already see a stock Win7 right-click menu and that to me is not good.

I'm not sure if the "peel from the corner" thing is efficient either because your finger needs to travel thru almost the whole display to active it. Just imagine if to close your browser you had to click and drag from the corner of your display.

Smooth how? Running on a sub-par processor? The iPad already renders web pages 10x slower than the cheapest netbook running Windows7.

As for the UI constructs, again, you assuming something about the page flip that probably has many ways to perform the same task.

For example, I have see people dismiss a Pen on a Win7 tablet PC because it couldn't right click, when they didn't realize (having not used one) that you can hit the right click on the barrel of the pen, or press and hold (same when using a touchscreen) or use a multi-touch gesture with the pen and touch, etc etc etc...

Sure the majority of existing applications for Windows were not designed around a touch UI, but the ones that use what is in Win7 are spetacular, and a generation beyond what iPad users are excited about.

There are many out there, and unless you are using a touchscreen and/or Tablet, you never get a chance to see how it works. Especially when they interact with the user using both touch, pen input, handwriting recognition, and voice commands it is something that is beyond what you see people on Star Trek using, and it is already here, and so far beyond what iOS or a low powered iPad can offer.

LaXu said,
The fact that it's built on top of Win7 suggest to me that it won't be as smooth as the iOS. In the video you can already see a stock Win7 right-click menu and that to me is not good.

I'm not sure if the "peel from the corner" thing is efficient either because your finger needs to travel thru almost the whole display to active it. Just imagine if to close your browser you had to click and drag from the corner of your display.

I do agree, you can see desktop elements in the UI and that's not good. It's like using Cairo (some stupid ****ty idea that never took off, all the dude did was photoshop everything and get everybody's hopes up just for everybody to donate their lives away to him), when using Cairo you still used a regular browser, regular applications. Sure the UI looked decent, but were you using it 100% of the time? No. You started with it, which was like what? ... 1% of the time...

They need to have a UI you use 100% of the time if you want it to be successful. They need an appstore, they need to use only their UI and nothing from anything else which means you shouldn't be seeing plugin menus for Flash that belong to Windows...

Ha, this is a third-party company's UI design, not Microsoft! Fits in with their Metro styling very well though.

MFH said,
Is it just me or does this look like it was inspired by Metro UI?

To me it looks like a combination of Metro and Media Centre... both are stunning looking interfaces, and Media Centre is very easy to use.

omnicoder said,

Windows Media Center which this was based has been around longer then Plex.
Still looks similar to Plex.

Pauleh said,
Still looks similar to Plex.
That just means that they borrowed the idea of Plex's UI from Windows Media center.

MFH said,
Is it just me or does this look like it was inspired by Metro UI?

Makes me annoyed knowing this isn't from Microsoft. When iOS 4 was introduced with multitasking and wallpapers, all of a sudden, a black background didn't look good anymore, and multitasking was done right.

With Windows Phone 7, I highly doubt wallpapers would look nice on the start screen with the hubs. But this UI that looks very similar to the Metro UI makes wallpapers look good, something that a future Windows Phone 7 release could implement as nice.

Electric Jolt said,

With Windows Phone 7, I highly doubt wallpapers would look nice on the start screen with the hubs. But this UI that looks very similar to the Metro UI makes wallpapers look good, something that a future Windows Phone 7 release could implement as nice.

But there are backgrounds for all the Hubs in WP7. And they look beautiful, like the pictures hub. So WP7 really does have backgrounds.

andrewbares said,

But there are backgrounds for all the Hubs in WP7. And they look beautiful, like the pictures hub. So WP7 really does have backgrounds.


I think he means the black background at "start"...

Say what you want, but Windows 7 is the right OS for a tablet.

They (Microsoft) should develop a UI overlay for touch input, but awesome applications like OneNote make Windows 7 so much more useful than a stupid phone OS. The pen is a mighty tool.

drphysx said,
Say what you want, but Windows 7 is the right OS for a tablet.

They (Microsoft) should develop a UI overlay for touch input, but awesome applications like OneNote make Windows 7 so much more useful than a stupid phone OS. The pen is a mighty tool.


OneNote could be a killer app - Wasn't it originally designed for the Tablets anyway? - but it seems relatively unknown in the user space...

Originally designed for the Tablet PC, but they forgot about it and stopped improving the Tablet PC features in OneNote.

The OneNote description and manual don't even mention the word Tablet PC, not even once.

That's so sad.

The Tablet PC didn't fail because users didn't want it, but because Microsoft never put any effort into telling people that it existed. Just like Windows Mobile, an awesome, but forgotten product becoming old.

Now that it's possible to produce Tablet PCs that everyone can afford, I hope they don't throw away the years of hard work like they threw away Windows Mobile.

Improve it and spread the word and don't let all the morons who think a phone OS is good for a slate device influence you. They're wrong. Windows is the way to go.

drphysx said,
Say what you want, but Windows 7 is the right OS for a tablet.

They (Microsoft) should develop a UI overlay for touch input, but awesome applications like OneNote make Windows 7 so much more useful than a stupid phone OS. The pen is a mighty tool.


Agreed. This is exactly why i want a Windows tablet, i know it will let me with down notes with a pen which is exactly what i want it for, primarily at least, a digital notebook

drphysx said,
Say what you want, but Windows 7 is the right OS for a tablet.

They (Microsoft) should develop a UI overlay for touch input, but awesome applications like OneNote make Windows 7 so much more useful than a stupid phone OS. The pen is a mighty tool.

Meh, I'd sooner them replace the existing UI layer with some thing specific to slate/tablet rather than trying to hide an existing UI.

From what I understand they're also looking at slide out keyboards - I wonder how they fare when compared to the touch keyboard provided these days.

rawr_boy81 said,

Meh, I'd sooner them replace the existing UI layer with some thing specific to slate/tablet rather than trying to hide an existing UI.

From what I understand they're also looking at slide out keyboards - I wonder how they fare when compared to the touch keyboard provided these days.

Replace vs hide... Um, they are the same thing... Even now, run Media Center exclusively, and if it offers all the functionality, there is no reason to see any other UI.

Windows does not have to run Explorer for the OS Shell or even conform to those UI constructs. Take a look at Windows Embedded projects, even using the XP version from 8 years ago, many companies produced devices, AND TABLETS with a custom UI, and yet if the user wanted, could still dig deeper and load the regular applications and explorer. (And no, I am not talking about WinCE.)

drphysx said,
Say what you want, but Windows 7 is the right OS for a tablet.

I'm testing a touch screen on Windows 7 now and I have no problem at all running applications, entering text, etc. etc. I think people are assuming that Windows 7 works the same with touch as Vista and XP did.

And that's just not the case. The new stuff built into Windows 7 is awesome IMHO.

drphysx said,
Say what you want, but Windows 7 is the right OS for a tablet.

That's a matter of preference.

.Neo said,

That's a matter of preference.

See the comment above yours. I'm also using a Windows 7 tablet right now. No need for a mouse or keyboard.

Just as long as its not tied down to an app store.

By that I mean, I certainly don't mind if there is an app store but I'd like to be able to install apps without using an app store too.

Is it just me, or do other people see windows 7 tablets being a little less simple (or as easy?) to use as the iPad based on two things. Heat, and fan noise.

If they are using atoms, or something similar, then they are going to kick out some heat, meaning there will need to be fan vents, limiting how you can hold the device, and also the noise from the fans if it gets a bit too warm..

King Antonius said,
Is it just me, or do other people see windows 7 tablets being a little less simple (or as easy?) to use as the iPad based on two things. Heat, and fan noise.

If they are using atoms, or something similar, then they are going to kick out some heat, meaning there will need to be fan vents, limiting how you can hold the device, and also the noise from the fans if it gets a bit too warm..


That's a price I'm willing to pay, honestly.

I don't think that's an issue. I've never used a device with 'Atom inside', but the fans of the C2D ULV Tablet PC I have here almost never turn on at all and if they do, you can't hear them.

Sure, this thing was a bit more expensive than your average netbook, but still...

King Antonius said,
Is it just me, or do other people see windows 7 tablets being a little less simple (or as easy?) to use as the iPad based on two things. Heat, and fan noise.

If they are using atoms, or something similar, then they are going to kick out some heat, meaning there will need to be fan vents, limiting how you can hold the device, and also the noise from the fans if it gets a bit too warm..

Intel is already working on a super-low powered Atom that uses as much juice as an arm processor - so there can be the possibility of a fanless CPU - it won't rock your world but it'll job that it was designed to do.

I have my ThinkPad T400 (intel T9400 processor) running Win7 full UI and the fan is currently off. Every device produces heat, should feel how hot my iPhone runs when playing some games or even just making a phone call.

rawr_boy81 said,

Intel is already working on a super-low powered Atom that uses as much juice as an arm processor - so there can be the possibility of a fanless CPU - it won't rock your world but it'll job that it was designed to do.


The Intel Atom D-Series (D410, D510, D525) is already useable without a fan...

Human brain recognizes pictures faster and easier than text. So, text based UI of Windows Phone 7 and this sucks, apple's ios's style FTW. (i am not an apple guy, just looking technical)

Dead'Soul said,
Human brain recognizes pictures faster and easier than text. So, text based UI of Windows Phone 7 and this sucks, apple's ios's style FTW. (i am not an apple guy, just looking technical)

You've demonstrated quite nicely the kind of people who would prefer the ipad..

The kind of people who are not able to process such a high brow concept as "text" I've heard they're going to convert all the e-reader books to pictures only too, just a shame they can't get pop-up books to work on there yet....


Dead'Soul said,
Human brain recognizes pictures faster and easier than text. So, text based UI of Windows Phone 7 and this sucks, apple's ios's style FTW. (i am not an apple guy, just looking technical)
Sure, the human brain can recognize pictures faster than text, but this means absolutely nothing if the user doesn't know what the icons mean. Alright, sure, it can be quick after they've learned what everything is, but then so can a text-based interface - because you remember where the text labels are. On an iPad? You have to know that the picture of the compass with a label under it that says "Safari" is the web browser. Sure, most people now know that because of the iPod Touch and iPhone, but... my Zune? It says "internet". Yeah.

And I'm not a Microsoft guy either. Just being technical.

Dead'Soul said,
Human brain recognizes pictures faster and easier than text. So, text based UI of Windows Phone 7 and this sucks, apple's ios's style FTW. (i am not an apple guy, just looking technical)

Have you got a source for that? I'd like to see some kind of evidence that there's a significant difference in it such that it would be an influence or even a problem for UI design and interaction. Thanks!

Dead'Soul said,
Human brain recognizes pictures faster and easier than text.

Um...A word/text is just a collection of pictures...

And it can be MUCH faster to read a short, well presented word in a clean font than it is to decipher a cryptic icon. For example, on my iPad, the icons are so small and so obtuse, most applications I find/use by name and location.

3lixir said,

You've demonstrated quite nicely the kind of people who would prefer the ipad..

The kind of people who are not able to process such a high brow concept as "text" I've heard they're going to convert all the e-reader books to pictures only too, just a shame they can't get pop-up books to work on there yet....



+1

3lixir said,

You've demonstrated quite nicely the kind of people who would prefer the ipad..

The kind of people who are not able to process such a high brow concept as "text" I've heard they're going to convert all the e-reader books to pictures only too, just a shame they can't get pop-up books to work on there yet....


Pop up books will be coming soon once 3d takes off lol

excalpius said,
Um...A word/text is just a collection of pictures...

And it can be MUCH faster to read a short, well presented word in a clean font than it is to decipher a cryptic icon. For example, on my iPad, the icons are so small and so obtuse, most applications I find/use by name and location.


I love my iPod Touch, and certainly agree with this. I do a lot of skim reading when researching, so finding text isn't much of a chore compared to numerous icons where I try to remember the color(s) of the icon.

Jebadiah said,
Huh? Did you watch the video?

Yes I did. That huge bulky device they're demoing it on clearly doesn't have the same form factor as an iPad. Have you actually held one?

Dead'Soul said,
Human brain recognizes pictures faster and easier than text. So, text based UI of Windows Phone 7 and this sucks, apple's ios's style FTW. (i am not an apple guy, just looking technical)
Perhaps so but manu iPhone users have like 100+ apps installed if not more. When you have that many icons then things begin to get difficult.

WM7 on the other hand has a fairly limited number of hubs and contrary to what you suggested, it still is fairly graphic too.

The graphics being easier to spot only really works if youve memorized their location or don't have an obsenly high number of them which is quite possible with the iPhone.

3lixir said,

I've heard they're going to convert all the e-reader books to pictures only too, just a shame they can't get pop-up books to work on there yet....

lol, you are right, a picture says more than a thousand words...

jeston said,
I like it!

I like it as well but unless it has buttery-smooth transitions like the iPad it will be judged rather harshly. But at least it does give hope to a strong competitor.

MemphisNET said,

I like it as well but unless it has buttery-smooth transitions like the iPad it will be judged rather harshly. But at least it does give hope to a strong competitor.

Optimizing baked-in transition code isn't as difficult as you seem to think it is.

MemphisNET said,

I like it as well but unless it has buttery-smooth transitions like the iPad it will be judged rather harshly. But at least it does give hope to a strong competitor.

In silverlight it is Damn easy to make those Transisitions..and even in a old XP SP2 machines, the SL code works perfect without any lag...so I think the above UI is utilizing the full WPF functionality.

jeston said,
I like it!

i don't. it's just a one program with touch oriented ui. but what about other programs? look he opens context menu at the end. it's so small so it's so difficuilt will be to click on it. i highly doubt we will see lots of major application that we need in routine life that will be touch oriented, unlike on windows phone 7. desktop os is a dead end for tablet. this will be an epic fail and after all criticism they will finally switch on wp os for tablets. but then it could be too late.

coth said,

look he opens context menu at the end. it's so small so it's so difficuilt will be to click on it.

He right clicks to show that the web browser is running Flash. There's no time you would actually right click there. And hey, I just wrote this with a Windows 7 tablet. I guess you are wrong.

MemphisNET said,
I like it as well but unless it has buttery-smooth transitions like the iPad it will be judged rather harshly. But at least it does give hope to a strong competitor.

I agree. I mean, what good are transitional effects if they lag? Just looks sloppy.