- Sep 22, 2013
You know, I gotta say, so many of the things that drew me to WP in the first place are disappearing. Not just from what I see in Windows 10, but it all started with Win 8.1 really.
-Black/dark background UI is beautiful and clean. Now it looks like they might switch it to white, which is fine, but I sure love the dark look.
-Where are the hubs? Such a nice way to organize similar things!
-Panoramic/pivot layouts. SOOOO nice! Absolutely in love with it. Now disappearing for hamburgers. ugh.
-Super clean and flat design seems to be disappearing. Background wallpapers? ugh. I thought backgrounds on the tiles were bad enough, this makes it worse. It's going against the very principles of the design that made WP so unique and beautiful in the first place.
-An end to the super duper responsive and snappy interface. Now I see the Resuming... screen way too often, for way too long. Even on my 1520 with 2GB RAM and snapdragon 800. It's become so bloated it cannot run nearly as smooth as wp8.0 did on my 520.
-Now only pureview phones have dedicated camera button. As a photographer, a standardized camera button was one of the best things I could have ever wished for on a phone!
Words such as "beautiful, super & clean" are all subjective. As for panoramic-pivots. I'm kind of happy to see it go for three reasons:
1) Subjective to each individual, but I think it looks dated, so I welcome the evolution of the UI.
2) It's rather inconvenient when using an apps with many sections -- I hate it in the MSN Money app for example, way too much swiping to get to where you want.
3) The design language & functionality doesn't translate well into the Desktop and tablet space -- which works against the capability of universal apps.
I welcome the 'hamburger menu', but I do agree that you should also be able to EITHER relocate it to your liking OR activate it with a gesture. Swiping in from the left side of the screen or maybe a double tap on certain portion of the screen -- such gestures are very one-hand friendly. On a side note, as a photographer, why would you be depending on photos from a camera phone that didn't have PureView technology LOL. I'm a hobbyist photographer myself and wouldn't be caught dead taking photos with the non-PureView devices.