iOS 5 vs Windows 8 videomajig

iOS 5 vs Windows 8 videomajigDevelopers have their dirty hands full at the moment. Five thousand of the buggers received a Samsung-built Windows 8 tablet earlier in the week, and iOS 5 beta is currently out and about too.

WinRumors guy Tom Warren has kindly posted a 10-minute side-by-side video comparison of both operating systems.

Of course, Windows 8 still has a long way to go. It’ll probably be another year or so before we see the first Windows 8 tablets hit the market. Meanwhile, iOS 5 is expected to land next month.

Tom takes the time to compare lock screens, notifications, unlock options, homescreens, and drag and drop among other stuff, and also checks out Safari vs Internet Explorer 8.

The thing that immediately stands out - other than the fact that Samsung's Windows 8 beast looks huge next to the iPad - is iOS' rather static icon action compared to Windows 8's sexy tiled UI.

Well, not much point in me trying to put all 10 minutes into words. If you fancy it, head over to WinRumors and check it out for you'self.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2011 at 15:15


"sexy tile UI"?


Andy247  Sep. 16, 2011 at 15:30

Sounds like someone's been banned from their fair share of Ceramic Warehouses!

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 16, 2011 at 15:34

To quote the youth of today, the metro UI looks "dog", whether that's on WP7 or W8, IMO. I have the developer preview of W8 on a special 25gb partition I made on my laptop, it's a fantastically quick and smooth OS, even at this early stage in it's life, but the Metro UI is horrid. Apparently on the PC versions you'll be able to turn it off.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 16, 2011 at 15:45

so what's the story: is the metro ui an extar app you can disable or even uninstall, or, as written in other places yeaterday, is the nore "usual" windows desktop UI the extra you install if you don't like Metro (apologies, bathroom enthusiasts)?
There seems to be confusion?
Considering hardware compatibility, it'd make more sense to me if the touch UI was extra, but since we are talking about Microsoft, who applies sense...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 16, 2011 at 16:52

Jan, right, basically, in the final release of W8 for PCs and Laptops (I think it'll end up being x86/x64 devices and not ARM devices), you'll be able to disable the horrid Metro UI.

I'm not sure if this will be through uninstalling the Metro UI entirely or whether it'll just be a way in the settings to turn it off. The developer preview doesn't let you switch it off at all, so I don't know how MS will work it all out yet.

There is confusion about it, as, despite MS saying you can turn it off on a "proper", computer, they didn't say how you'll be able to turn it off.

What I do know is that the "normal", desktop is likely to be included in all "proper", PCs, as standard. Well it's included in the developer preview anyway, so I assume it'll be standard in the final release, (well I hope so anyway).

Yes it would make sense to be able to uninstall it entirely or even have it as an optional download, as most computers aren't touch screen, and I doubt ever will be, a real keyboard and mouse is way more accurate and faster to use. Though, like you say, this is MS we're speaking of here...sense is unlikely to prevail.

As a final note, I'd just like to stress, Windows 8, so far, is fantastic, it's already as quick, if not quicker than Windows 7, and it's only been released as a developer preview. Give them another 6 months of development and I reckon it'll be the best full PC and best Tablet OS we've ever seen.

Epic essay over :p.


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