You don’t understand Metro, do you?
If there’s one thing that makes the Windows Phone different, it’s the user interface, and at every turn it appears people are dying to change it.
Whether you’re looking at more recent concepts of adding buttons and more customizations, including backgrounds and transparency, or earlier thoughts from the Nokia crowd, which is pretty much turning it into a weird dwarf child of Symbian and Windows Phone, it’s just getting tiring.
I get it, you want a swiss army knife of customization, but a clear option already exists for you. It’s called Android.
The whole purpose of Windows Phone, of the Metro design language, is this idea of providing exactly what you need in a clear and concise way. Look at traffic signs on your commute, whether you’re driving your own car, hopping on a bus, or have mass transit of another sort. The signs that direct you, they are clear, they are direct, they aren’t these gradient loaded, ‘pseudo’ realistic experiences. That’s what Windows Phone is about.
It’s understandable. You give people this clean of a slate, this clean of a UI, and they die to load it up with gradients, shiny icons, and gaudy images of whatever you can imagine. Even in the Marketplace for these phones, you’ll find plenty of applications which don’t adhere to this clean standard.
Still, that doesn’t lessen the point of the phone’s UI. It’s meant to be a clear view of what’s happening. Even as these Photoshop-bots moan and groan, these phones still are customizable with your choice of a dark or light system-wide look, in addition to an accent color from the choices provided, plus whatever image you want for your lock screen.
I mean, Microsoft could have let you customize it to no end, but then why should Windows Phone even exist? That’s what Android is here for. It is customizable from top to bottom, and we’ve seen what can happen without control. The last thing we’d need is another source for slow updates, Microsoft does a good enough job of that themselves.
So, please, can we stop these dreams of customizing Windows Phone further. It doesn’t need a makeover to become a clone of the rest. It needs people to experiment, expand, and build great apps to explore the capabilities of the Metro design language, as well as improve the experience for all of its users.