Is WP7 really better designed than iOS?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TheSideshow, May 1, 2011.

  1. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2011

    The above video shows a task speed test between the iPhone and a Windows Phone 7 device (Samsung Focus), which included the following steps:

    Take a Picture
    Upload Picture to Facebook with Caption ("Check out my new hat!")
    Update Status ("I love weekends!")
    Find Directions to a Restaurant (Olive Garden)
    Get Movie Times ("Fast Five")
  2. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    After using a WP7 for the last three weeks, I believe there's an opportunity for Microsoft to get back into the game.

    Yet that said it may be too late.

    iOS is well developed and highly superior.
  3. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    From what I've seen/used, yes - it appears you go do many tasks faster in WP7 than iOS.

    I blame it on the lack of customizable things you can put on the homescreen on iOS (for example, you can't pin a specific contact onto the homescreen).

    Lots of MacRumors members bash WP7 without even having tried it, WP7 is as fluid/fast as an iPhone. But, it's still got a ways to go.
  4. chris975d macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    I'm an iPhone person (daily use is an iPhone 4), but I also own/use handsets from all major OS's right now (WP7, PalmOS, many high end Androids), and I'd say that in my experience, WP7 is overall the fastest OS right now. Checking/replying to email, sending texts, taking pictures...pretty much everything is faster on my WP7 (Samsung Focus). If there were no OS app stores for any OS, WP7 is the phone/OS I'd personally use. It's my favorite OS overall in terms of look, feel, and speed. The only reason that I use iOS is the App Store and the fact that many iOS apps that I use/have to have for work don't have a WP7 equivalent..yet. If Microsoft can continue to push WP7 (though it seems that they've stalled out lately), I think they can get back into the mobile scene in a good way.
  5. Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    This wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the WP7 was using specific apps for the directions and movie times, while the iPhone was using Safari? Up until the search for movies, it was about even. Why didn't the iPhone user utilize an app also like Yelp or Poynt or any of the other 1000 apps to find movie times?

    Lame test. I could do a similar test comparing the two, utilizing things optimized for iOS that would show the exact opposite result.
  6. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    WP7 is a great OS. It could be the best OS out there but the issue was Microsoft was too late to the game I think. There is already an establishment of iOS and Android.

    If WP7 released maybe 5 months earlier it could've been a huge hit.
  7. ani23 macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2008
    If iOS wasn't an option Wp7 would be my preferred choice.

    They just aren't ad nimble as apple in rolling out features but a lot more structured and clean than android.
  8. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Better designed is really a subjective question - of all the mobile OS's I think that iOS and WP7 have the most fluidity and thought out design (functionality compared to other OS's can be debated), just boils down to personal preference.
  9. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Agreed, who cares what other people feel is the "best" as long as what your using makes you happy? :rolleyes:
  10. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    WP7's problem was its timing. Had it been released earlier, I think it would be a serious problem for Android. I find it to be faster, better designed, and more visually appealing than Android. I don't think it's better than iOS though.
  11. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    WP7 matches iOS for fluidity and looks I think but in terms of full functionality it isn't there yet.

    It is head and shoulders above Android for sure in terms of fluidity.
  12. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Of the Mobile OS I have looked at played with I like Andriod, Blackberry, WP7 and lastly iOS in that order. I have never played with WebOS but my guess is I would like it quite a bit as well.

    WP7 when I was playing with it I can see the appeal to a lot of people and it is very good but it is not my cup of tea. Some things on it just annoy me and bother me but I am picky and like things to be certain ways and have the infomation I want on the screen at a glance something that is very important to me.
    WP7 seems to go be good at it. Blackberry and Android are better and iOS well it sucks at it and does not have a real notification system. since that is very high on my list of what is important is why iOS is in a very distant last place. Information at a glance it well, sucks at.
  13. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Well that video was dumb. How is two people performing tasks on separate phones an indicator of anything? You could record two people on the same phone and it would still result in different times to perform the tasks. Not everyone is the same. Some people probably find WP7 better than iOS, but theres a reason they aren't on an iPhone forum.
  14. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Windows came up with a different set of priorities when it came to designing the phone. They looked at ios and decided what they wanted to prioritize.
    You're asking if mangoes are better than strawberries. You can't really compare the two.
  15. jamied95 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2009
    The WP7 was ahead after the FB status update and the iPhone did use an app optimised for iOS: Fixster.
  16. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
  17. ani23 macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2008
    Why? Just because windows was late to the game? They are both perfectly comparable.
  18. Certinfy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2011
    Girlfriend has a phone running WP7 and I do think it is better designed, by far the best interface I've used on a phone, will be interesting to see how it develops though. This year I'm sticking with iOS/Android and if it does really take off I'll have no question about what OS I'm choosing next year.
  19. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I initially loved WP7, but battery life was important to me and iPhone 4 had a much better battery life.

    I do believe WP7 is a lot more intuative.
  20. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    What are you talking about, he wasn't using Safari. He specifically used maps for directions and "movies" by flixster.
  21. TheSideshow thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2011
    Interesting takes on WP7 so far. To the guy who said battery life was the deal beaker, do you think it had to do with the hardware or the OS giving lower battery life. I heard WP7 is pretty good on battery, but the manufacturers use 1400mah batteries and stuff.

    Typed on a Tiny Keyboard
  22. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    It's definitely the hardware, not the OS.
  23. Thisis macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011
  24. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    and you honestly expect much to change? iOS from version 1 thru 4 very little has change in terms of user interaction.
    In 4 years very little has really changed so I would not expect much to change for OS 5

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