It is a problem that other industry has eventually grown out of, but the reverse trend is only currently making head ways in the consumer electronics industry. Apple knew that, which was why their iPods were so popular. The black and white text based UI was simple to use and navigate. Competitors like Creative and Archos countered by creating devices featuring colourful but complicated UI, and failed for good reasons. With the iPhone, Apple ditched that core UI philosophy but they got away with it, because their competitors at Nokia, Microsoft and Google did things far worst. While iOS was revolutionary in 2007, it is starting to look extremely dated now.
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Despite having been using a Windows Phone as my main everyday device for six months now, I still find the UI and UX refreshing, beautiful and yet more alive and enticing than any current competing smartphone OS could ever hope to show for. Where you could trace other OS's design philosophy, with superfluous and detailed analog references, back to the PalmOS and Apple Newton days, the typography focused Metro UI simply looks like it belongs in the 21st century digital age. With Metro UI jumping over to Windows 8, it is the closest we will get to a real world working Star Trek LCARS system, for now.
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I am by no means calling for the complete abandonment of skeuomorphism. It has its place, even on Windows Phone. Where large texts can't be shown, for example on the homescreen, subtle references to their analog counterparts must be used to signify what these apps represent. In Windows Phone, these are used sparsely and Microsoft encourages simple stylistic icons over 'realistic' ones, even going as far as getting rid of the traditional grids of icons. However, if overused, like on the iOS's Game Center - which was designed to evoke a casino feel to the app, and they, well, just look tacky and downright ugly.
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