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UI design for photo-happy people, or camera-slinging cowboys?


Our generation has been raised on lots of cool gadgets . As unusual as it might sound, yes, Windows has a mobile phone and it might be the fastest camera slinger in the “west”. Geekwire, the online portal for geek news and business articles, reported about a photo “shooting” showdown at a trade fair that took place between a Windows Phone and another mobile phone. The terms were later deemed by some as controversial, but the Windows Phone remained standing after the smoke cleared. Reason being: its UI design.

What is UI Design

UI design is short for “user interface design”. A user interface is what the user needs to interact with in order to manipulate, or steer in a sense, a computer program, (or system in general). UI design will have more to do with the look of the user interface as well as the feel of the user interface. UI designers arrange the external and internal design of the system (such as the button or the display menu) according to the needs of the user who will interact with the interface. Usability testing is an important aspect of the UI design process and helps ensure that the UI design is adapted to the user.

Windows Phone

The UI design of the Windows Phone seems to be quite handy for people who are photo happy. A video of a competition between a Windows Phone and an Android phone explained that the phone’s UI design allows the camera to be activated just by holding a button on the phone case. The user can quickly take a photo and then easily upload it to social network afterwards. The video showed the Windows Phone representative clicking on a menu that appeared after scrolling on the touch screen. This menu had several buttons and Facebook was one of those buttons. Overall, their point was proven – the Windows Phone was quite fast at taking and uploading pictures to Facebook.

The Windows Phone design Challenge?

On the video, the phone did seem impressively fast concerning shooting photos and Microsoft seems to have great confidence in this aspect of the Windows phone’s UI design (and in the system itself). In fact, they were offering a reward of $1000 to anyone who would be able to beat the Windows Phone. Many would be winners went down in “smoke” according to the article, but I imagine there will be more camera-slinging android phone users lining up to test their skills. We will have to watch and see if they also end up “smoked” by the playing card that the Windows phone’s UI design offers its users.

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