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Old 07-13-2007, 09:00 PM
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Default WhoNeedsAniPhone.com Conceptualizes New WM UI

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.theunwired.net/?itemid=3993' target='_blank'>http://www.theunwired.net/?itemid=3993</a><br /><br /></div><i>"The developer also wants to let everyone know that the intent of this project is not to duplicate the iPhone interface but...take some of the principles of that user interface and bring it to Windows Mobile platform! One of the big keys here is operating the phone with just the thumbs. The Beta (or better Alpha) isn't yet available for public download but you can register on the site if you are interested to become a Beta tester."</i><br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/images/web/2003/hisham-20070713-WhoNeedsAniPhone_slider_small.jpg" /><br /><br />If I'm honest about it, I find the iPhone absolutely intriguing - but not because of the specs, or the applications. The real revolution Apple has created with the iPhone (apart from creating the ultimate case study on how to properly hype a product) is the <i>user interface</i>, which is why so many people have been inspired to try and duplicate it on various devices - including believe it or not, <a href="http://www.pocketables.net/2007/07/iphone-interfac.html">this one</a> (check out the first comment :lol. The big stumbling block of course is the multi-touch capability, and the fact that the iPhone is designed to use finger interaction rather than the stylus/joystick/menu-driven interface most other phones use. WhoNeedsAniPhone.com has come up with a unique way to get around this fundamental barrier, and if he succeeds, more power to him - he's one of the first to get beyond the "it looks like the iPhone" skins, and get to the real substance behind the UI. About the only concern I have here is how power-hungry flash can get, and whether we'll have to accept performance hits for a chance to merge the capability and flexibility of WM, with the innovative UI Apple has come up with. My fingers are crossed.
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:29 PM
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:58 PM
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All this iphone crap is pretty and all but if you want real added functionality why not use Spb Mobile Shell?

It has the lock screen, the contact interface, the weather applet, and much much more.. All before the iphone even came out.
 
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:09 PM
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I agree with Jason Lee (sorry,... I wasn't trying to rhyme).

Anyway,... Mobile Shell is very useful on my Cingular 8125. With Smartskey also installed,... I barely use my stylus at all except maybe for a soft reset.

I have pretty much full finger touch capability with my unit.
 
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:43 AM
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sneak peek...

http://beerysbit.blogspot.com/2007/07/serene-phone.html
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Old 07-14-2007, 01:42 AM
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Okay,... so I know I just posted about Mobile Shell and how it works for me,....

but what abeery just showed us with his link is unbelievaby cool.

Kudos to you my friend.

Do you need any beta testers on this?
 
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Old 07-14-2007, 03:51 AM
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but what abeery just showed us with his link is unbelievaby cool.
Um. Wow. Agreed, very cool and looks very functional as well.

I'm very well served by a nicely populated today screen (like my info at a glance) and a hardware key app/doc/web/phone launcher like PQZ, but this looks like a very unique take on the traditional today screen.
 
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Old 07-14-2007, 08:44 PM
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Nice, but there does not seem to be a consistent metaphor, and those buttons seem a bit small. Nice technology, but it needs some refinement.

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:59 AM
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Really, really cool - but I'm wondering how much CPU cycles are going to be needed for all that fancy animation, and how much battery life its going to eat up. I'm thinking TI OMAPs no need to apply.
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:34 PM
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That Serene thing is looking quite nice, but maybe it needs a VGA display and a GPU, to run smoothly.

I have previusly tryed out animated Today screens, looks nice in the cradle, but dont want them, when on battery, they are worse than having WiFi and BT turned on :?
 
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