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Independent Developer Wants To Make Windows Mobile Sexy

Some people (myself included) still think that, for all it's visual shortcomings, Windows Mobile is still the best smartphone out there. Well, Flash developer Jason Jaegers wants to sexy up Windows Mobile, and has asked the question "WhoNeedsAniPhone?" I could explain the concept, but I'll just let these two pictures do all the talking:

Yeah, there are some other solutions out there, like SPB Smart Shell, but I didn't like interacting with that app at all. I have high hopes for this one, especially since it looks so much like Vista! Hopefully I get to try the beta soon.

Hey Microsoft, you should hire this guy and have him work on Windows Mobile 7.



  • MikeW said:

    Having the aurora background behind an iphone style main screen isn't looking like vista.

    I have high hopes for windows mobile but I know a guy who at one point worked for the WM team and later left totally disillusioned with them.

    If the massive iphone success can't kick those guys into creating a better platform, we're not going to see much more to the next WM than just some more updated graphics.

    July 13, 2007 6:26 PM
  • Michael said:

    I feel like instead of creating an interface and icons that compete with the iPhone, this person has simply copied the style. While that may be what his aim was, I feel that in order for this to truly succeed, it needs to bring it's own flare and not recycle.

    Look at the calendar icon and how it it's awkwardly trying to fit into the iPhone button shape and you will know what I'm taking about.

    July 13, 2007 7:52 PM
  • Chris Parker said:

    Its a bit messy and amateur looking. Losing the background image would help a lot. The icons are well designed and look great. However, wouldn't it be better to come up with something original instead of ripping off the iPhone?

    The orange version (on the site) is even worse. Go with a simple gradient background and it might work a bit better.

    July 14, 2007 5:43 AM
  • James said:

    You want Microsoft to hire somebody who has displayed zero originality in these mock ups?

    July 14, 2007 5:49 PM
  • James, yeah, it's better than the zero originality in the Windows 3.1 UI that's in Windows Mobile now...

    July 14, 2007 6:09 PM
  • Bob Jones said:

    Zero Originality is a fundamental Microsoft trait, why would they discriminate against a core axiom?

    July 14, 2007 11:49 PM
  • glennyboiwpg said:

    hmmm if you think that this picture is totally great and wonderful, and really want it to make it to your next version of Windows Mobile....

    Maybe that means, that you LOVE the iphone and the ONLY reason why you don't have one is because of the name of the company that created it.

    Flame away boys! (and girls)

    July 16, 2007 8:24 AM
  • Sully said:

    Aside from the ridiculously busy icon designs (they're on the verge of seizure-inducing), why, why, why base the sole proposition for attempting to improve Windows Mobile on copying the iPhone's user experience? Stuff like this is just plain embarassing to the Windows Mobile community as it completely relegates them to "me too" status.

    July 17, 2007 9:32 AM