[maemo-users] OS2008 Damn ugly!!!

From: Karoliina.T.Salminen at nokia.com Karoliina.T.Salminen at nokia.com
Date: Thu Dec 27 20:14:09 EET 2007
>> Hmm. Do you have something against child's toys?
>No, I don't and I thing the One Laptop Per Child computer, which looks
>like something from Fisher-Price, is a great idea for it's target
>group.  On the other hand, the N800 is more likely to be used by adults,
>often in a business situation, where toys are not appropriate.

I am not so sure about the business situation, because to my understanding,
Internet tablets are supposed to be fun and for fun. And in here, we
have many people who like toys (the difference of children and adults is only in
the price tag of the toys) :)... In fact, only you define what is appropriate really
in what situation. I would not like to imagine what kind of business situation calls for
not having icons and brilliant colors on desktop of an internet tablet. 
In my opinion, the N810 is very nice looking gadget and I love it, despite having been
using it for quite long time at work daily (the fun still haven't faded out). 

>With the new menu, I have to scroll more than with OS2007.  Ignoring
>appearance issues, this one thing makes OS2008 more awkward to use, at
>least for left handed users.

The new menu is intended for thumb use. It is not supposed to be used with stylus, we have
made several improvements to improve thumb use, and for example I don't use stylus nowadays
in most basic functions, somehow it is more natural to use fingers than stylus on this
device, maybe partly because of the keyboard and not having third hand for using stylus.
Not everything is thumb-usable, but I would like to encourage you to try it out, it makes
some things easier to do. It is always a compromise between being able to use your
thumb and seeing maybe a bit less or using stylus to hit small things. There are plusses on

And by the way, the translucency in home applets is functional if you haven't noticed. Now
you can stack applets on top of each other and even see through them (to the bottom applet).
I have placed my clock behind other applets. This would have not been possible before.
And the translucency effect haven't made the home considerably slower, so I don't think
the eye candy comes in front of functionality. Fun gadgets are supposed to give wow-effects,
and it is part of the enjoyment of using such things. I personally love all kind of cool looking
things and I enjoy using the OS2008 a lot more than previous versions which looked a lot more boring.

But whatever, YMMV. 


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