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Marissa Beatty

I've heard from a couple other people that they really like the new Windows 8 phone. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but based on the buzz - I'm going to have to get my hands on one or look up some screenshots to check it out!

As much as we talk about the importance of consistency, it will be interesting to see how it feels in this situation. It makes me wonder if actually using the phone interface first would help the other experiences more intuitive?

Thanks for sharing!

Colin Eagan

Yeah its an interesting question: obviously the goal is to create a device ecosystem, making it easy to own all three+, with features like Skydrive serving as the virtual glue between them. Based on the usability reviews, it seems the challenge has been more around scaling up the interaction design to take advantage of consistency across mediums without being 'dumbed down' on larger devices. Certainly easier said than done, but will be interesting to see if users will chose to learn the current UI or wait for the next version.

Brian Robert

Great review!

Though I still think one-size-fits-all design is dumbing down our desktops, I'm glad to hear the experience works well on a phone. I've been eyeing them for a while myself...


I am surprised how much I do like the W8 interface. After 3 months of research, I decided to take the plunge and I have to say, that for mobile, this experience really works smoothly, especially for older eyes and it is customizable enough and quite easy to intuit without looking at too many tips and tricks or videos.

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