Anyone Else Watch the Windows Phone 8 Conference Today?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by opeepingtomo, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. opeepingtomo macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    I watched it today and I have to say it looked really nice. If I wasn't already invested in not only the iPhone but Apple ecosystem, I would probably consider switching if user adoption and app development pick up.

    I think what makes the hurdle of other companies stealing some iPhone users away from Apple is the investment in Apps. I find it really hard to basically throw away the money and apps that I've spent money on to move to another platform, even as much as I have wanted to at times.

    Anyways what did everyone else who possibly tuned in to the conference think?
  2. DingleButt macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    It looks good enough to become my next phone OS, but wasnt radical or anything compared to WP7.5. Im on Verizon so hopefully more info comes about the ATIV Odyssey before I buy the 8X.
  3. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    It was a horrid conference.

    That guy Belfiore is always the same... "People around me, my wife, my kids". Who are they aiming this OS at? Obviously their marketing failed multiple times, yet they keep it the same.

    There are no interesting and really groundbreaking improvements in WP8.

    Doesn't even have an orientation lock. While WP7 had Wi-Fi Sync, WP8 does not.
  4. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    I haven't really kept up at all with Windows Phone, so I wouldn't know what WP7 has or doesn't have compared to WP8.

    I just was pretty impressed with what I saw though. No the presentation wasn't the greatest, but I thought the product looked pretty solid.
  5. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    I stopped watching when Jessica Alba came up to rave about Kid's Corner.

    WP8 interface is just too boring for me: the home screen is colored squares, and the apps are mostly just text. I need some visual design to gnaw it, maybe that's just me.
  6. hot spare macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
    What? What was Jessica Alba doing in a tech conference?
  7. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    They wanted to see "real people's" reactions to the new features, or something.
  8. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't matter. ;)
  9. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    You find the WP interface boring compared to rows and rows of static tiles?

  10. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    At least there's textures/gradients/drop shadows/reflections/DESIGN. It's interesting that Windows Phone's complete lack of design is being praised as nice design. I believe that iOS is more visually appealing to me than Windows Phone. That design language is elegant but it's just text. Windows 8 has a better implementation of Metro.

    I think the WP8 home screen is the best available on any platform, though.
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Find better apps than. Most of the apps I have aren't just text.
  12. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Is the keynote online anywhere? I missed it earlier.
  13. DingleButt macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
  14. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Got a time stamp on that point of the video? Sound like that's the point at which the presentation was WORTH watching. :D
  15. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    I think they used alba because you could tell she genuinely had not a clue.
  16. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    If you want a quick impression of WP8's features, I recommend this video:

    Shorter and more to the point (even though he again brings in his kids ;)).

    I think some of it looks really nice and there are some genuine innovations. But as someone else said, it remains to be seen how the ecosystem develops.
  17. Technarchy, Oct 30, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012

    Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I am literally blown away by Windows Phone 8's presentation.

    It looks stunning, is buttery smooth, and offers a wealth of Glance and Go information.

    Apple should take note.

    It does need a notification center though. I would miss that.
  18. ReanimationN macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
    :D at the hand popping in and out handing Belfiore the tablet and phone.

    WP8 looks very nice, I would have strongly considered getting one if I hadn't already got an iPhone 5. I'm definitely getting a Windows 8 tablet though, an x86 Windows 8 tablet + an iPhone sounds like an awesome combination to me.
  19. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Great stuff, at least they are innovating instead of Apple IMO. Kids corner is pretty cool, although I wish they did separate user accounts like Google did. I like the live tiles concept instead of just having a grid of lifeless informationless icons. I don't know how WP will do, but I've got to hand it to them they are trying hard.
  20. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Is that the lead singer from Flock of Seagulls?

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